ALLIANCE, Ohio – There is no place like home for the No. 18 ranked Mount Union men's track and field team as the Purple Raiders had a number of solid performances Saturday at the John Homon Open at Mount Union Stadium.
The duo of freshman AJ Digby (Tontogany/Otsego) and junior Tyler Neff (Navarre/Fairless) both had season-best performances in sweeping the top two spots in the 400 meters. Digby ran a time of 48.32 which won the event and is fifth-best in NCAA Division III so far this season while Neff was right behind him in second at 48.51 that stands at seventh in the nation.
Three other NCAA provisional marks all ranked 10th in the nation in their respective events came from seniors Jaquill Scott (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park) and Zack Wukotich (Salem/Salem) in the high jump along with the 4x100 meter relay team.
Scott won the javelin with a season-best mark of 199-feet, 2.5-inches.
Wukotich had a season-best mark of 6-feet, 7-inches to place second in the high jump.
The relay team of senior Andrew Shrewsbury (Woodville/Woodmore), sophomores Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) and Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek/Garaway) with freshman Josh Perry (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Falls) posted a time of 42.01 for second place and 10th best nationally.
Berry also was second in the 100 meters (10.86) while Troyer had a third in 110 meter hurdles (14.66).
Sophomore Casey Kropka (New London/New London) and junior Theo Bach (Wadsworth/Wadsworth) went 2-3 in the 10,000 meters, Bryce Biskup (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) was second in the javelin while there were third place finishes from freshman Preston Myers (Alliance/Marlington) in the 5,000 meters, freshman Matt Keim (Bolivar/Tusky Valley) in the pole vault and junior Adam Sopchak (Chardon/Chardon) in the 1500 meters to round out the top performances.
The meet is named for former Mount Union head cross country and track and field coach John Homon, who won a combined 51 Ohio Athletic Conference cross country and track and field championships over his 31-year career with the Raiders (1979-2010).
Mount Union competes next Saturday at both the Walsh Invitational in North Canton, Ohio and the Bucknell Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pa.