Mount Union's men's and women's indoor track and field teams compete this Friday and Saturday at the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College in Marietta.
The Purple Raider men, ranked No. 6 in the nation, have won the conference title the last eight years in a row and a record 38 times overall with several student-athletes seeded high heading into the weekend.
Mount Union holds the top seed in seven different men's events which include
- Seniors Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) and Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek / Garaway) in the 60 meter hurdles
- Senior AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) in the 400 and 500 meters along with the Raiders holding five of the other top eight times in each event.
- The 1600-meter relay team which returns three members – Digby, James Roth (Massillon / Perry) and Troyer, who won the national title in the event a year ago.
- Junior Evan Hershberger (Dalton) in the high jump.
- Junior Jeremiah Gyulai (Stow) in the weight throw.
- Freshman Brody Coleman (Knox, Pa. / Keystone) in the triple jump.
- Senior Sean Sherman (Franklin / Bishop Fenwick) is the No. 2 seed in the shot put with four other Raiders in the top eight.
The Mount Union women have won the conference title eight times and finished runner-up a year ago.
Four student-athletes are seeded high in multiple events.
- Senior Sarah Mason (Alliance / Marlington) holds the top spot in the 500-meter and is second in the 800-meter race.
- Senior Katie Durisin (Painesville / Riverside) has the top spot in the 1000-meters and second in the mile.
- The 4x400 meter team of Mason, junior Cortni Arp (Copley), sophomore Olivia Powers (Norwalk / St. Paul) and freshman Micah Donley (Carrollton).
- Sophomore Bri Aveni (Geneva) in the pole vault.
Mount Union has five women ranked second in their respective events in freshman Kenadee Wayt (Wheeling, W.Va. / Wheeling Central Catholic) in the 60-meter dash, Arp in the 200, sophomore Lily Bogunovich (Alliance / Marlington) in the 400, junior Sabrina Stocker (Madison) in the 60-meter hurdles, and sophomore Kennady Gibbins (Navarre / Fairless) in the high jump.