BROOKINGS, S.D. — In his last throw, the last chance for the Statesmen men’s indoor track and field team came through as Sage Ehresman earned All-America honors at the NAIA National Championships Friday and Saturday.
Ehresman, a former Lynnville-Sully standout, placed seventh in the shot put to push William Penn’s streak to 11 consecutive national championship meets with an All-American, dating back to the 2015 indoor event. The William Penn senior entered nationals ranked eighth and then just qualified for the finals.
Going into his final toss, he was in ninth place, but jumped two individuals with a mark of 53 feet, 5.5 inches.
Dylan Kucera of Midland (Neb.) earned the crown at 58-2.5. Not only was it good enough to give him his second career All-America accolade (also part of the 4x100-meter relay team last year), Ehresman also broke the school indoor record, previously held by Derek Seddon in 2016 (53-3.75).
During the current streak, WPU has had 15 All-Americans, and the program has managed 20 since 2010.