William Penn University issued the following announcement on Dec. 7
The Statesmen men's track and field team snatched a crown in its first indoor event, punching four tickets to nationals along the way as it competed at the St. Ambrose Frigid Bee Invitational Saturday.
William Penn placed first out of eight teams with 134 points, defeating Grand View (133) by one point for the title.
It was a banner day for the navy and gold, highlighted by four individuals qualifying for nationals in their first attempts of the 2019-2020 campaign.
Sage Ehresman (Sr., Sully, Iowa, Exercise Science) topped the quartet as the only 'automatic' qualifier, winning the shot put with an "A" standard toss of 53-0.25. He was also fourth in the 60-meter dash in 7.16 seconds (7.13 in the prelims).
Joel Brown (So., Columbus, Ga.) was the winner of the 60, eclipsing the provisional standard in a time of 6.89 seconds in the prelims (6.90 in the finals). The sophomore took second in the 200 in a time of 22.92 seconds as well.
Mason Aschenbrenner (Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa) made a splash in his Statesmen debut, claiming victory in the 60-meter hurdles with a "B" standard time of 8.32 seconds (8.31 in the prelims).
Mofiyinfoluwa Alade (Jr., Hoffman Estates, Ill.) rounded out the "B" standard qualifiers, tying for first with a high jump of 6-7. The junior also ran in the hurdles, finishing fifth in 8.99 seconds.
Terry Jackson (Sr., Houston, Alaska, Biology) was one of several athletes to tally multiple top-10 placings, taking fourth in the one-mile run (4:59.41) and fifth in the 3,000-meter run (10:03.64).
Jackson Coates (Fr., Aldie, Va.) also did double duty, so to speak, taking sixth in the 60 (7.20, 7.10 in the prelims) and ninth in the long jump (21-1.5), while Dylan Meacham (Fr., Las Vegas, Nev.) was fifth in the 200-meter dash (23.18) and seventh in the 60 (7.22, 7.18 in the prelims).
Second-place finishes came from William De Jesus (Fr., Homestead, Fla., Biology) in the mile (4:51.92) and Loys Parker (So., St. Louis, Mo.) in the triple jump (43-11.75). Bronzes were won by Vernon Trozzi (Fr., Hesperia, Calif., Exercise Science) in the 3,000 (9:32.26) and by the 4x400-meter relay team (3:36.18).
Brenden Foster (Sr., Rock Hill, S.C., Biology) finished fourth in the hurdles (8.81, 8.72 in the prelims), while Kenneth Bolton III (So., South Riding, Va., Business Management) (800-meter run, 2:08.08) and Axel Vazquez (Fr., Wray, Colo., Sports Management) (mile, 5:05.41) were both fifth.
The duo of Ezra Bourne (Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.) (hurdles, 9.03, 8.81 in the prelims) and Julian Davis (Jr., Palmer, Alaska, Mechanical Engineering) (800, 2:09.36) each placed seventh, while Jasper Stottlemeyer (So., Council Bluffs, Iowa) (shot put, 44-0) and Malik Williams (Sr., College Station, Texas, Industrial Technology) (weight throw, 42-9.5) both ended up eighth.
Sprinters Emmanuel Johnson (Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) (7.19) and Tito Massaly (Jr., Houston, Texas) (7.22) took ninth and 10th in the 60, respectively.
Next Up: William Penn is off until after the holiday break, returning to action on January 11 with a trip to Crete, Neb. to compete at the Doane Ward Haylett Invitational.
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Source: William Penn University