NEW ORLEANS -- Mount Union's men's indoor track and field team moved up six spots to No. 2 in the nation in this week's poll by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
It is the highest national ranking for the Purple Raiders indoors since 2015.
North Central (Ill.) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and following Mount Union in the top five are M.I.T., Rowan (N.J.) and defending national champ Wis.-LaCrosse.
Mount Union moved up with its performance at last week's All-Ohio Championships as the Raiders took the team title in the event for a seventh straight season.
Sophomore Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) led the way for Mount Union as he bested his own school record in the 60 meter hurdles and posted the top time nationally in NCAA Division III at 8.02.
Fellow sophomore AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) won the 400 meters with a season-best time of 48.37 that is sixth-best nationally.
Plant is not the only Raider hurdler ranked among the nation's best as junior Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek / Garaway) is ranked third, while junior Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) is also third in the 60 meter dash.
Among other high marks nationally for the Raiders is the 1600 meter relay where Digby along with juniors Sam Printy (Sandusky/Perkins) and Clark Etzler (Elida) and senior Tyler Neff (Navarre/Fairless) are ranked sixth in the nation.
This Saturday is in the Raider Tune-Up on campus before next week's Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at Capital University in Columbus.