Track & Field: #13 Mount Union Men Win 5th Straight and Record 36th OAC Indoor Team Title

Tyler Neff (Photo by Joe Colon)
Tyler Neff (Photo by Joe Colon)

Mount Union men's placers and point totals

BEREA, Ohio – No. 13 ranked Mount Union won its fifth straight and conference record 36th men's indoor track and field team title at the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at Baldwin Wallace in Berea.

The Purple Raiders dominated the competition racking up 231.5 points out-scoring its next closet competitor Ohio Northern by 80.5 points.

Mount Union won eight events and set two OAC records and one school records on its way to the win.

Junior Tyler Neff (Navarre/Fairless) was named the Don Frail OAC Sprint Athlete of the Meet while seventh year men's head coach Kevin Lucas and his staff was named OAC Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth year in a row.

Neff was in on three of those event wins. He set a new conference record in taking the 400 meter title with a time of 48.88, won the 200 meters with a time of 22.32 then teamed with Josh Weber, Sam Printy (Sandusky/Perkins) and Clark Etzler (Elida/Elida) to win the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:29.40.

Printy and Etzler also teamed with sophomore Josiah Ross (Beloit/West Branch) and freshman James Roth (Massillon/Massillon Perry) to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:24.24.

Freshman AJ Digby (Tontogany/Ostego) broke school and conference records in winning the 500 meters with a time of 1:04.28.

Sophomore Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek/Garaway) who broke a 37-year old conference record in the prelims of the 55 meter hurdles took the title on Saturday with a time of 7.59.

Senior Zack Wukotich (Salem/Salem) won his second indoor title and is a three-time All-OAC honoree in the high jump (6-7).

Freshman Matt Keim (Bolivar/Tusky Valley) won the conference crown in the pole vault at 15-feet, 9.25 inches.

Mount Union runs next week at the NCAA Last Chance at Ohio Northern in Ada before competing in the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships March 10-11 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.