Track and Field: Keim 2nd in Pole Vault; #4 Raiders Strong First Day at NCAA Indoor Championships

Matt Keim (Photo by D3Photography.com)
Matt Keim (Photo by D3Photography.com)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 4 ranked Mount Union men's indoor track and field team got an All-American and some strong performances on day one of the NCAA Division III Championships Friday at CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sophomore Matt Keim (Bolivar / Tusky Valley) had a mark of 16-foot, 6.75-inches in the pole vault to place second and claim All-American honors for the first time in his career.

Two more sophomores – Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) and AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) each were ran the best times in qualifying in the 60 meter hurdles (8.04) and 400 meters (48.14) respectively.

Digby also teamed up with senior Tyler Neff (Fairless) and juniors James Roth (Massillon / Perry) and Clark Etzler (Elida) to post the third best qualifying time in the 4x400 meter relay (3:15.47).

Junior Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) was fifth-best in qualifying for the finals of the 60-meter dash (6.84).

Two other Raiders competed as junior Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek / Garaway) placed 14th in the 60 meter hurdles and sophomore Daijana Johnson (Alliance) was 14th in the women's 60 meter dash (7.78).

Aside from the qualifiers for running events on Saturday, sophomore Sean Sherman (Franklin / Bishop Fenwick) will compete in the shot put.