Eagle Men Atop Standings, Pringle And Hill All-Americans Again

Photo courtesy of Tim Flynn/Colorado School of Mines
Photo courtesy of Tim Flynn/Colorado School of Mines


Prior to the start of the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Ashland University head coach Jud Logan called junior Myles Pringle "Superman."

Pringle has done his best impression at the first two days of nationals.

On Friday (May 25), one day after winning the men's 400-meter dash preliminaries, Pringle came back to the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, N.C., and accomplished the following:

- A second-place finish in the men's high jump, with a collegiate-best jump outdoors of 2.15 meters/7-feet-0½. It is the first time Pringle has earned outdoor high jump All-American status, it is his fifth All-American honor in 2018 between indoor and outdoor nationals, and it is his 11th All-American citation overall as an Eagle.

- More than a half-hour later, in the men's 200 dash prelims, Pringle turned in a time of 21.11 seconds to move on to Saturday's (May 26) finals.

- Finally, more than two hours after the 200 dash, teaming with freshmen Trevor Bassitt, T.J. Elliott and Channing Phillips, Pringle helped Ashland's 4x400 relay team qualify for Saturday's final with a season-best time of 3:08.91.

In the men's discus throw, sophomore Alex Hill came away with his second All-American citation – and outdoor PR – in as many days. Hill took fourth place in the discus with a top heave of 54.96 meters/180-feet-4, and he now has four All-American awards as an Eagle – two outdoors, two indoors.

The 13 points Pringle (tied for sixth in D-II in men's high jump before Friday) and Hill (seventh in D-II in men's discus before Friday) combined for put the Eagle men at 24 – and in first place through seven of 21 events. Tiffin (17) is in second place, followed by Texas A&M-Kingsville and Chico State (16 each).

Through eight of 21 events on the women's side, Ashland's seven team points are good for 20th place.

Bassitt placed ninth in the men's 110 hurdle prelims on Friday in 14.19 seconds, while sophomore Gariana Bercheni was 11th in the women's 200 dash prelims, crossing the finish line in 24.22 seconds.

In the women's high jump finals, sophomore Ellie Jindra was 15th with a top mark of 1.68 meters/5-feet-6.

UP NEXT: The third and final day of the Championships on Saturday.



Saturday, May 26

11:15 a.m. – Women's shot put finals – Megan Tomei, senior

3:40 p.m. – Men's shot put finals – Elijah Talk, senior

4:25 p.m. – Men's 400 dash finals – Myles Pringle, junior

5:50 p.m. – Men's 200 dash finals – Pringle

7 p.m. – Men's 4x400 relay finals – Pringle and freshmen Trevor Bassitt, T.J. Elliott and Channing Phillips