Track and Field: Two All-Americans and Two Qualfiers For #7 Mount Union Friday at NCAA Championships

Mason Plant (Photo by Lenny Reich)
Mason Plant (Photo by Lenny Reich)

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Mount Union's men's track and field team, ranked No. 7 in the nation, had two All-Americans and got two qualified for the finals on the second day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships Friday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The Purple Raiders two All-Americans came from a pair of seventh place finishes from senior Jaquill Scott (East Hanover, N.J. / Hanover Park) in the javelin and sophomore Sean Sherman (Franklin / Bishop Fenwick) in the shot put.

Scott threw for a mark of 205-feet, 6-inches competing in the event at nationals for a third straight year and is an All-American for the second year in a row.

Sherman, who was fourth in the event at the national indoor meet in March, returned from an injury just last week to qualify for this week's event then today threw a career-best mark of 54-feet, 1.25-inches to get All-American honors for a third time (second outdoor).

Sophomore Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) posted the top qualifying time in the 110 meter hurdles at 14.50. Plant placed third in this event a year ago and won the 60 meter hurdle indoor national title this past March. He runs at 1:50 p.m. Saturday.

Sophomore AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) ran a career-best time of 47.08 in the 400 meters which is fourth-best in qualifying for Saturday's 2:10 p.m. final. Digby is a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference champion in the 400 meters.

Digby will also run in the finals of two other events Saturday – the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays.

The 4x100 relay team of Digby, sophomore Darian Littlejohn (Fulton, Md. / Reservoir), senior Josh Weber (Wadsworth) and freshman Malik Britt (Bossier City, La. / Airplane) run at 1:05 p.m. while the 4x400 relay team of Digby, junior James Roth (Massillon Perry), senior Tyler Neff (Navarre / Fairless) and junior Clark Etzler (Elida) run at 4:50 p.m.

Sophomore Matt Keim (Bolivar / Tusky Valley) will also compete in the pole vault Saturday at 1 p.m. where he is the third seed and placed second in the event at the indoor championships earlier this year.