Men's Track & Field: Pair of Freshman Post 11th Place Finishes at NCAA Championships

Connor Troyer (Photo by D3Photography.com)
Connor Troyer (Photo by D3Photography.com)

WAVERLY, Iowa -- Mount Union freshmen Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek/Garaway) and Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) each posted 11th place finishes in their respective events at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Troyer was the only freshman in the field for the 110 meter hurdles and posted a time of 14.69 for the 11th place finish.

Berry ran in the 100 meter dash and missed qualifying for the finals by .04 seconds with a time of 10.73 for the 11th place finish.

Two other Raiders also placed as junior Jaquill Scott (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park) was 12th in the javelin at 192-feet, 7-inches and senior Tyler Shumate (Wapokenta/Spencerville) was 20th in the hammer throw at 165-feet, 4-inches.

Earlier at the meet, senior Tyler Orewiler (Bucyrus/Colonel Crawford) was the national runner-up in the pole vault. He entered as the No. 2 seed, placed second with a mark of 17-feet, 0.75-inches. Top-seeded Luke Winder of North Central (Ill.) won the national title with a mark of 17-feet, 4.5-inches.

Orewiler, who swept both Ohio Athletic Conference indoor and outdoor pole vault titles this season setting conference and school records in the process, was third in the nation at this year's indoor championships.  He finishes his career as a three-time All-American and earlier this month was given the OAC's Clyde Lamb Award as one of the top 10 male scholar athletes in the conference.

Orewiler also ran on the 4x100 meter relay team with Berry, junior Andrew Shrewsbury (Woodville/Woodmore) and senior Chad Gentry (Louisville/Louisville) that placed ninth and just missed qualifying for the finals by 0.01 seconds with a time of 41.41.

Junior Zack Wukotich (Salem/Salem) also competed in the high jump but did not make a mark.

On the women's side senior Veronica Clutter (Geneva/Geneva) placed sixth and earned All-American honors in the long jump.

Clutter saved her best for last with a lifetime best mark of 18-feet, 11.5-inches to place sixth and her career-second All-American honor in the long jump (2014). She finishes as a three-time All-American as she was part of the eighth place 4x100 meter relay team in 2013.

Sophomore Dana Crofoot (Perry/Perry) also participated in the long jump and came in 22nd place.

Senior Jocelyn Sefick (Willowick/Eastlake North) also competed in the high jump but did not make a mark.

Next year the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted by Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission May 25-27 at the SPIRE Intitute in Geneva, Ohio.