Track and Field: Raiders Claim Three NCAA Provisional Marks on Last Chance Weekend

Katie Durisin, Sarah Mason, Cortni Arp and Brit McCauley in Boston
Katie Durisin, Sarah Mason, Cortni Arp and Brit McCauley in Boston

Mount Union's men's and women's indoor track and field teams posted three provisional qualifying marks for next week's NCAA Division III Indoor Championships at a pair of last chance meets this weekend.

Senior James Roth (Massillon / Perry) and freshman Jared Storm (Barberton) both ran 49.37 and 49.38 in the 400 meters to currently sit 11th and 12th on the national lists at the Polar Bear Last Chance at Ohio Northern in Ada.

They join fellow national qualifiers in senior A.J Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) and freshman Matt McBride (Conneaut) in the open 400 while the quartet will run in the 1600 meter relay at the national meet.

Also in Ada, sophomore Kennady Gibbins (Navarre / Fairless) posted a school record mark of 3425 in the pentathalon and stand 10th in the nation in the event. In the five events, she posted marks of 5-foot, 3.25-inches in the high jump, 9.94 in the 60 meter hurdles, 34-feet, 4.75-inches in the shot put, 2:32.27 in the 800 meters and 18-feet, 4.5-inches in the long jump. Her mark in the long jump may qualifier her for the national meet as well.

The distance medley relay team of juniors Brit McCauley (Ontario) and Cortni Arp (Copley) along with seniors Katie Durisin (Painesville / Riverside) and Sarah Mason (Alliance / Marlington) ran a time of 11:58.65 at a last chance meet in Boston to beat the school record by 2.5 seconds and place seventh on the national list.

The remainder of Mount Union's provisional qualifiers from earlier this season are seniors Mason Plant (Wooster / Triway) and Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek / Garaway) in the 60 meter hurdles along with seniors Sean Sherman (Springboro / Bishop Fenwick) and Lucas Cooper (Salem / United Local) in the shot put and sophomore Bri Aveni (Geneva) in the women's pole vault.  

The top 20 times/marks in individual events and top 12 relay teams in the nation after advance to the NCAA Championship meet next week at JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem, N.C.