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Luxon Glor

The University of Mary's Luxon Glor holds one of his three All-American plaques he earned during the NCAA Division II indoor national championships in Pittsburgh, Kan.

Prior to hopping on a plane back to Bismarck on Sunday, Luxon Glor was enjoying a cookies and cream protein shake from Jamba Juice.

The University of Mary track and field standout certainly had earned the tasty treat.

Glor dazzled during the weekend at the NCAA Division II national indoor meet in Pittsburgh, Kan., earning All-American honors in the long jump (9th), 60-meter dash (4th) and 200 meters (7th).

Two weeks earlier, the senior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, won three events and placed in a fourth en route to being named the Northern Sun's MVP.

"It's been a really amazing couple of weeks," Glor said. "It's been a whirlwind with having the conference meet then kind of getting your mind right for nationals.

"It's been a great experience and a lot of fun. This is what drives me, to work hard to be able to achieve some of these things."

Glor's name is splashed across the U-Mary record books, but he's truly peaking at the perfect time.

His long jump of 24 feet, 1 3/4 inches on Friday, earned him second-team All-American honors. Then on Saturday, he earned first-team designation in the 60 (6.77 seconds) and 200 (21.75), with the latter unexpected.

"The 200's never been my strongest event. It was more just doing it for points in meets to help the team and to help with conditioning," Glor said. "But we put a plan in place and it's paid off. I've been able to hold my speed a lot longer than before. It's been a pleasant surprise for sure."

Glor is nearly as busy off the track as he is on. He'll graduate in May with a double major (business administration and marketing) and a minor in sports and leisure activity.

There are big things on the horizon potentially after the NCAA season is over as well.

"I've been working with Team Canada and some of the coaches from the national team to set up a plan for what we can do. Hopefully, we'll be able to get a couple sponsorships and ultimately the goal is Tokyo 2020," he said, referring to the next Summer Olympics. "Obviously, it's going to take a lot of hard work, but that's kind of what I'm setting as my goal right now."

Based on his past performances, nobody is going to bet against him.

"It's been great working with my coaches and teammates," Glor said of his career at U-Mary. "It's been a perfect place for me and I’m thankful for everything that has happened."

WOMEN EARN 11 ALL-AMERICAN FINISHES

The U-Mary women turned in a strong finish to the indoor campaign.

Led by two-time All-American Emily Roberts (5,000 meters, 3,000 meters), the Marauders finished 14th overall in the meet.

The Marauders had 11 athletes earn All-American honors in all, including Julia Hammerschmidt (60-meter hurdles), Ida Narbuvoll (5K), Abbey Zastrow (400), Monique McPherson (800), D'Andra Morris (triple jump) and the 4x400 relay team of Zastrow, Nicolyn Brown, Hammerschmidt and McPherson.

Shenley Allen (high jump) joined Glor on the All-American podium representing the U-Mary men.

The Marauders' first outdoor meet is scheduled for March 21-23 in Spearfish, S.D., at the Black Hills State Yellow Jacket Spring Open.

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Reach Tribune sports editor Dave Selvig at (701) 250-8246 or david.selvig@bismarcktribune.com

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