Prior to the start of the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday (March 9) in Birmingham, Ala., Ashland University head coach Jud Logan said his weight throwers needed to get 20 points as the Eagles look for their first-ever team national championship.
Logan proved prophetic, as four of his pupils combined for 21 points to get Ashland's men off to a strong start after Day 1 of 3 at nationals. That leaves them in second place in the team standings, seven points behind first-place Tiffin.
Junior Daniel Roberts finished second at 21.22 meters to earn eight points, senior Bryn Campbell's 20.53 meters was good for third place and six points, freshman Alex Hill (20.22 meters) took fifth for four points and freshman Nick Zak (19.91 meters) was sixth for three points.
Senior Jordan Crayon, the defending D-II indoor weight throw champion, finished 10th (18.36 meters).
In his first of many events at indoor nationals, sophomore Myles Pringle finished second in the men's 400-meter dash preliminaries in 46.86 seconds. In the men's mile run prelims, senior Nick Hall was fifth in 4:06.22.
Both Pringle and Hall advanced to Saturday's (March 11) finals in their respective events.
Also on Thursday:
- Sophomore Samantha Duale was 14th in the women's 60 dash prelims in 7.63 seconds.