Track and Field: Mount Union Men Place Third at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Connor Troyer and Mason Plant (Photo by Joe Colon)
Connor Troyer and Mason Plant (Photo by Joe Colon)

GENEVA, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's track and field team placed third at at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships Saturday at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders scored 36 points which was two points behind second place MIT while UW-Eau Claire won the meet with 58 points. Mount Union placed second at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year.

Mount Union's point total came from five All-American performances (top eight finishes) at the event.

Senior Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek / Garaway) was an All-American in two events as he won the 110 meter hurdle title with a time of 14.37 then placed fourth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.15. Troyer, who also won the 60 meter hurdle title earlier this year indoors is now a seven-time All-American.

Junior Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) also claimed All-American honors with a sixth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.49. Plant has now been an All-American six times in his career.

The 4x400 meter relay team also placed third as freshmen Dylon Campbell (Cuyahoga Falls), Tyler Gill (Greenville, Pa. / Reynolds) along with juniors James Roth (Massillon / Perry) and AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) with a time of 3:11.05 to be All-Americans.

The other two All-American performances came earlier in the meet from senior Lucas Cooper (Hanoverton / United Local) with a second in the discus and junior sSean Sherman (Springboro / Bishop Fenwick) fifth in the shot put. 

On the women's side, freshman Maryonna Cathey (New London) made her national debut Saturday placing ninth in the 400 meter hurdles. Mount Union also had an All-American performance from freshman Bri Aveni (Geneva) as she was seventh in the pole vault.