Mount Union to Send 10 to NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships This Week

Mount Union to Send 10 to NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships This Week

Mount Union will send 10 student-athletes to the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday-Saturday, March 9-10 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

The nine members of the No. 2 nationally ranked men's team are in seven events as the Purple Raiders placed fifth as a team in 2017. Mount Union has finished in the top 10 in the nation 13 different times in its history.

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.

Six of the men's qualifiers are past All-Americans.

The 1-2 punch of sophomore Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) and junior Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek / Garaway) are seeded second and fourth nationally respectively in the 60 meter hurdles. Both were All-Americans in the event a year ago as Plant was third and Troyer was seventh in the event.

Junior Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) is ranked third in nationally in the 60 meter dash and in the event for a third straight year. He was an All-American with a sixth place finish in the event in 2016.

Sophomore AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) placed second a year ago in the 400 meters and is back in the race this year as the No. 8 seed.

The 4x400 meter relay team is back in the national meet as the fifth seed with three members -- Digby with juniors James Roth (Massillon / Perry) and Clark Etzler (Elida) -- back from a second place team a year ago. They are joined by senior Tyler Neff (Navarre / Fairless), who teamed up with those three guys to win the national title in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2017.

Sophomores Matt Keim (Bolivar / Tusky Valley) in the pole vault and Sean Sherman (Franklin / Bishop Fenwick) in the shot put are in the indoor championships for the first time. Keim is seeded third in the pole vault and Sherman is ranked sixth in the shot put.

Mount Union also returns an All-American on the women's side as sophomore Daijana Johnson (Alliance) is in the 60 meter dash; and event she finished fifth in last year.