NEW ORLEANS-- Three members of the Trine men's track and field team have been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region Outdoor Track & Field Team, the organization announced Tuesday.
Jasper Bassett (Auburn, Ind. / DeKalb), Sam Gilly (St. Joseph, Ill. / St. Joseph-Ogden) and Nicholas Zak (Saint John, Ind. / Hanover Central) were recognized as All-Region performers for the Thunder. This is the first time each of the performers have been recognized for their efforts during the outdoor season. To be named All-Region, a student-athlete must either be ranked in the top-5 of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-3 relay team.
Bassett earned recognition for his performance in the 400-meter run. The freshman ran a personal-best time of 48.48 seconds in the event to place second at MIAA Field Day. Bassett also placed second in the event at the Hanover Invitational and Indiana Division III Championships.
Gilly was recognized for his efforts in the hammer throw. The senior fell just short of a bid to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships as he notched the 27th-best hammer throw performance in the nation. Gilly set a personal-best in his final collegiate performance, coming away with a throw of 178 feet, 3 inches in the 2016 All-Great Lakes Elite Meet. He was the MIAA champion in the event. He also earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors during the indoor season as he went on the earn All-American honors in the weight throw.
Zak's debut season resulted in the freshman earning recognition for his performance in the 800-meter run. Zak's top time of 1:52.57 in North Central College's Gregory Final Qualifier was good enough for the 41st-best performance in the nation. Zak placed sixth in the event at MIAA Field Day. He was the conference's champion in the Mile during the indoor season.
The complete All-Region teams can be viewed HERE.
The Trine men's track and field team finished third in the MIAA during the outdoor season. The Thunder won the inaugural MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship during the winter.