Track & Field: All-Americans, Records and Relays Headline Raiders First Day at NCAA Championships

Alex Wilson (photo by D3photography.com)
Alex Wilson (photo by D3photography.com)

GENEVA, Ohio -- Three Mount Union men's track and field athletes earned All-American honors and pair of school records were set on day one of the 2017 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships Thursday at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Senior Alex Wilson (Macedonia/Nordonia), a three-time Ohio Athletic Conference cross country champion, ran a time of 30:12.89 to place fifth and become the first Purple Raider to be an All-American in the 10,000 meters since Dave Cooper won the event in 1998.

Two other All-American performances came in the men's javelin from junior Jaquill Scott (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park) and freshman Bryce Biskup (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford). Scott had a school record throw of 214-feet, 3-inches to finish fourth and Biskop was in eighth place with a mark of 200-feet, 9-inches.

The No. 9 ranked Purple Raider men's team, who won the team title in 2014, have 10 points to sit in second place five points behind day one leader George Fox.

Another school record highlighted preliminaries in the running events as the women's 4x100 meter relay team of junior Katie Goedecke (Cuyahoga Falls/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) senior Marisa Rinaldi (Tallmadge/Tallmadge) and freshmen Daijana Johnson (Alliance/Alliance) and Rachael Adams (Louisville/St. Thomas Aquinas) ran the meet's top qualifying time of 46.53. That time was time as .28 seconds better than the previous school record set in 2014.

The men's 4x400 meter relay team of junior Tyler Neff (Navarre/Fairless), sophomore Clark Etzler (Elida/Elida) and freshmen James Roth (Massillon/Massillon Perry) and AJ Digby (Tontogany/Otsego) won its qualfying heat and ran a season-best time of 3:12.22 to sit second overall heading into Saturday's final. 

Sophomore Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek/Garaway) had a season-best time of 53.33 to qualify for Saturday's final in the 400 meter hurdles.