NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The No. 11 ranked Mount Union men's track and field team won its eighth straight and record 35th conference championship at the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Saturday at Muskingum University.
The Purple Raiders dominated the field winning 10 events and piling up a record 272 points which was 147.5 points ahead of second place Ohio Northern (124.5 points).
Mount Union's coaching staff led by seventh year men's head coach Kevin Lucas won OAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Sophomore Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek/Garaway) won two individual events setting a conference record and a school record while also being part of winning relay team to claim the OAC Harrison Dillard Sprinter/Hurdler of the Year Award.
Troyer defended his conference title in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.43 that bested a 35-year conference record (Vern Kelley, BW, 14.44 – 1982) and a 29-year Mount Union record (Kevin Jackson – 1988).
Troyer then won the 400 meter hurdles with a career-best time of 53.50 and combined with sophomore Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy), senior Andrew Shrewsbury (Woodville/Woodmore) and junior Jalen McGill (Laurel, Md./High Point) to win the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 41.79.
Berry also won two individual events as he claimed the 100 meter dash (10.62) and 200 meter (21.72) titles while freshman AJ Digby (Tontogany/Otsego) gave the Raiders another sprint win in the 400 meters (48.42).
The Raiders also grabbed wins in three field events as freshman Matt Keim (Bolivar/Tusky Valley) won the pole vault (15-7.25), freshman Sean Sherman (Franklin/Bishop Fenwick) in the shot put (53-4.75) and senior Jaquill Scott (Hanover Park, N.J./East Hanover) in the javelin (200-7).