DELAWARE, Ohio -- Mount Union won its first national title at the 2014 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday.
It is the 13th overall national championship for the Purple Raiders, who have 11 football championships and the 1974 men's cross country championship.The team title came down to the final event -- the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet of Chase Swisher, Tyler Mettille, Tyler Sparks Chad Gentry swept both indoor and outdoor national titles in the event with a school- and stadium-record time of 3 minutes, 9.81 seconds.
Mount Union tallied 47 total points which was five points ahead Wisconsin-Oshkosh while North Central (Ill.) was in third place with 35 points.
Swisher, Mettille, Gentry and Andrew Shrewsbury also earned All-American honors with a fifth place finish in the 4x100-meter relay.
Swisher and Mettille each picked up a third All-American finish on the day as Mettille was third in the 400-meter hurdles (51.03) and Swisher was sixth in the 400 meters (47.89).
Sean Donnelly followed up national titles in the shot put and hammer throw with a third All-American finish with a seventh-place finish in the discus (170-9).
"I'm kind of speechless … this just means so much to our program," Mount Union head coach Kevin Lucas said. "We've never won a championship in track and field, so it is incredible.
"Sometimes, at the national meet, things might not go the way you want them to. However, our guys believed they could do this. Everyone stepped up whether it was the 4x400 team winning their race, our 4x100 team getting fifth out of Lane 1 … All the way down the line, they stepped up."