Track and Field: Another Day, Another All-American; Raiders Fourth at NCAA Championships

Sean Sherman (Photo by Joe Colon)
Sean Sherman (Photo by Joe Colon)

GENEVA, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's track and field team had an All-American finish, qualified two individuals for the finals and are fourth in the team standings after the second day of the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships Friday at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

In the shot put, junior Sean Sherman (Springboro / Bishop Fenwick) threw a season best 55-feet, 11.25-inches to place fifth overall and claim All-American honors for the second straight year and fourth time overall.

Junior Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) and senior Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek / Garaway) both qualified for Saturday's final in the men's 110 meter hurdles. Plant is the defending national champion in the event and had the second best qualifying time (14.31) while Troyer is fourth (14.34).

Two others competed on the men's side as junior James Roth (Massillon / Perry) was 16th in the 400 meters (49.16) and junior Tanner Slack (New Concord / John Glenn) was tied for 18th in the high jump (6-4).

Mount Union has 12 points and is fourth in the men's team standings one point behind third place John Carroll. Wisconsin-Eau Claire leads the team race heading into Saturday with 34 points.

Two women also competed Friday as sophomore Cortni Arp (Copley) placed 10th in the 400 meters (56.69) missing the finals by 0.07 seconds and freshman Kennady Gibbons (Navarre / Fairless) placed 12th in the high jump with a mark (5-4.5).

The meet concludes on Saturday as Plant and Troyer compete in the 110 meter hurdles at 1 p.m., Maryonna Cathey (New London) in the 400 meter hurdles at 2:15 p.m., Troyer in the 400 meter hurdles at 2:25 p.m., and the men's 4x400 meter relay team at 4 p.m.