(New Orleans, La.) – Dickinson senior Mason Hepner (Mount Joy, Pa./Manheim Central) and sophomore Eric Herrmann (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown) were named to the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association All-Mideast Region Team, announced on Monday. The top five individuals in each event from each of the eight regions received recognition. Hepner and Herrmann both ran to All-Region honors in the 1500 meters.
Hepner had a great outdoor season and qualified for the NCAA National Championship in the 1500-meter event with a time of 3:48.49, ranking second in program history. He was named the Centennial Conference Track Performer of the Year, winning a pair of conference titles in the 1500 and as the anchor of the 4x800 meter relay. He added a third-place finish in the 800 meters and a week later broke the school record in that event with a time of 1:52.39 at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier.
Herrmann posted a mark of 3:53.96 at Swarthmore to earn his spot on the All-Region Team, ranking him in the top 10 in program history. Herrmann ran a great race at the conference championships as well, just missing All-Conference honors with a fourth place showing. Herrmann and Hepner both ran extremely fast legs in the 4x800 relay, just missing the school record by less than a second, clocking a time of 7:45.08.
Hepner currently ranks seventh in Division III in the 1500 meters and will compete at the NCAA Championships, running in the prelims on Thursday afternoon at Mount Union College in Geneva, Ohio.
Junior Sofia Canning (Portland, Maine/Waynflete) and first-year Sarah House (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) have also qualified for nationals, and joined sophomore Naji Thompson (Springfield, N.J./Oak Knoll) to earn All-Region honors. Canning will compete in the 10,000 meters while House qualified in the 5000-meter event.