Shippensburg's Megan Lundy, Messiah's Ricardo Plummer earn All-America honors
Two YAIAA alumni earned All-American honors at this weekend's NCAA championships.
Messiah College wrestler Ricardo Plummer, a York Suburban graduate, finished fifth at 174 pounds at the NCAA Division III championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And Shippensburg University runner Megan Lundy, a Central York graduate, finished eighth in the 400 meters at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Lundy ran the 400 meters in 56.62 seconds, just three-tenths of a second off her preliminary qualifying pace, to place eighth overall. She becomes the first woman in Shippensburg history to claim All-America honors in the 400 meters.
Lundy finishes her second indoor season at Shippensburg as a two-time defending PSAC indoor champion at 400 meters and with the indoor school record of 56.34 seconds.
Her effort gave Shippensburg one team point, marking the seventh straight year that the SU women have scored with at least one All-American at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships.
Meanwhile, Plummer, a senior, was one of three Messiah wrestlers to advance to the semifinals. The No. 5 seed at 174 pounds, Plummer won his first two matches by decision. He beat Cornell's Brent Hamm, 5-4, then topped No. 4 seed Lou Puca of SUNY-Cortland, 9-6, on Friday night to reach the semifinals.
Saturday morning, top-seeded Landon Williams of Wartburg, the eventual national champion, knocked Plummer into the consolation bracket with a 6-3 decision. Plummer fell to No. 2 seed Ethan Ball of Coe, 10-3, sending Plummer into the fifth-place match against Zach Zotollo of TCNJ. There, Plummer trailed, 4-0, but came back to tie the match at 5-5 and take it into overtime. The senior then secured a takedown in overtime to win fifth place, 7-5.
Earlier this winter, Plummer was training hard to reach the NCAA championships to erase the bitter taste from a year ago, when he was eliminated in the first round of wrestle-backs.
"Rico can wrestle with anyone in the nation," his coach Bryan Brunk said in January. "He has already been to the nationals, but to take the next step and become an All-American or even a national champion, he needs to have true belief more than anything else."
The Falcons finished third overall.