Track & Field: Five Individuals & 4x400 Men's Relay Make Finals at NCAA Indoor Championships

AJ Digby
AJ Digby

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- A school record, five individuals and a relay team made the finals to highlight Mount Union's first day at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Freshman Daijana Johnson (Alliance/Alliance) the fourth best time in the preliminaries and she advances to Saturday's finals.

Fellow freshman AJ Digby (Tontogany/Otsego) was second in the men's 400 meter preliminaries with a season-best time of 48.59 while his teammate junior Tyler Neff (Navarre/Fairless) is also in the finals as he was fourth in the prelims with a time of 48.68.

Another season-best was had by freshman Mason Plant (Shreve/Triway) in the men's 60 meter hurdles with the fourth-best time in the preliminaries at 48.59. He is also in the finals with sophomore Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek/Garaway) who was eighth with a time of 8.19.

Digby and Neff along with freshman James Roth (Massillon/Perry and sophomore Clark Etzler (Elida/Elida) made the finals of the 4x400 meter relay placing second with a season-best time of 3:17.98 in the preliminaries.

Four other Raiders competed on Friday.

Sophomore Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) was 10th in the men's 60 meter dash and missed the finals by .009 seconds.

Senior Marisa Rinaldi (Tallmadge/Tallmadge) was 15th in the women's 400 meters with a time of 57.80.

Junior Katie Goedecke (Cuyahoga Falls/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) was 16th in the women's 60 meter dash with a time of 6.90.

Freshman Rachael Adams (Louisville/St. Thomas Aquinas) was 17th in the women's 200 meter dash at 26.25.

Senior Zack Wukotich (Salem/Salem) competes Saturday in the men's high jump.

For each men's individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 15 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each woman's individual event contested, including the pentathlon, the top 17 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.

The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American honors.

Mount Union will host the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at SPIRE Institute on May 25-27 in Geneva, Ohio.