Mount Union National Championship Men's Cross Country & Track & Field Teams

Mount Union has won an NCAA Division III men's cross country national championship in 1974, a men's indoor track and field national championship in 2018 and men's outdoor track and field championships in both 2014 and 2018

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1974 Men's Cross Country

The 1974 Mount Union Men’s Cross Country team claimed the Ohio Athletic Conference championship then won the school’s first-ever team sport National Championship by winning the NCAA Division III title. Members of the team were Tom Medino, Tom Gooch, Bob Lunn, Pat Eaton, Jim Ansberry, Tim Chlasta, Rich Kempe, Team Manager Rob Doughty and Head Coach Jim Wuske.

2014 Men's Outdoor Track & Field

DELAWARE, Ohio -- The team title came down to the final event as the Raiders that entered today as the No. 1 seeded team after the prelims.  The quartet of juniors Chase Swisher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) and Tyler Mettille(Canfield/Canfield) along with sophomores Tyler Sparks (Norwalk) and Chad Gentry (Louisville) swept both indoor and outdoor national titles in the event with a then school-record and stadium record time time of 3:09.81. Junior Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) won national titles in the shot put and hammer throw along with a seventh place finish in the discus (170-9).

Mount Union tallied 47 total points which was five points ahead Wisconsin-LaCrosse while North Central (Ill.) was in third place with 35 points.

Junior Gerardo Vargas (Painesville/Harvey) also earned All-American honors as well with a sixth place finish in the pole vault as he matched his season-best mark at 16-0.75. 

2018 Men's Indoor Track & Field

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Similar to 2014, everything came down to the last event -- the 4x400 meter relay -- and just like 2014 the Raiders won the event and the title.

The Purple Raiders tallied 41 points to edge out North Central (Ill.) by a single point (40) while Rowan (N.J.) (37 points) and Wis.-Eau Claire (24 points) rounded out the top four spots.

Senior Tyler Neff (Navarre / Fairless), juniors James Roth (Massillon / Perry) and Clark Etzler (Elida) along with sophomore AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) posted a season-best time of 3:13.77 to get the win and the final 10 team points. Mount Union also got a win in the 60-meter hurdles from sophomore Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway), who posted a school-record time of 8.00 seconds. It was his second All-American finish in the event as he placed third in 2017.

The Raiders were just 0.01 from picking up another event win as Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) was second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.79 seconds. It was his second career All-American place in the event as he was sixth in 2016.

A pair of sophomores completed the scoring for Mount Union in field events in Sean Sherman (Franklin / Bishop Fenwick) and Matt Keim (Bolivar / Tusky Valley). Sherman became an indoor All-American for the first time as he finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 56 feet, 3 inches while on Friday Keim 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.

2018 Men's Outdoor Track & Field

LA CROSSE, Wis. --Like each of the other two national titles, it came down to a win in the final event – the 4x400 relay.

Junior James Roth (Massillon Perry), senior Tyler Neff (Navarre / Fairless), junior Clark Etzler (Elida) and sophomore AJ Digby(Tontogany / Otsego) ran a championship and school-record time of 3:08.10 for the win. Digby ran two more events on the day and scored a win the 400 meter title with a time of 46.07. It is his first individual event national title and his time is the fifth fastest in NCAA Division III history and breaks a school record of 46.66 that has stood since 1966 by Nate Hawthorne.

Sophomore Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) was behind with three hurdles to go but rallied to win the 110 meter hurdles with a school record time of 14.22. He is now a four-time All-American (two indoor, two outdoor) with also a national title in the 60 meter hurdles indoors earlier this year.

Mount Union also got All-American performances (top eight finishes) in seventh place finishes from sophomore Matt Keim (Bolivar / Tusky Valley) in the pole vault (16-0.75), sophomore Sean Sherman (Franklin / Bishop Fenwick) in the shot put (54-1.25) and senior Jaquill Scott (East Hanover, N.J. / Hanover Park) in the javelin (205-6).