SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Freshman Austin Wilson had a pair of top five finishes, while fellow freshman Dallas Guy set a new personal record with a second place finish of his own to lead the University of Rio Grande track & field team at last Saturday’s Wittenberg University Invitational.
Wilson, a native of Gallipolis, Ohio and a transfer from Coastal Carolina, took second place in the men’s 100m dash with a time of 11.11, while also placing fifth in the 200m dash after crossing the finish line in 22.89.
Guy, a native of Buffalo, Ohio, shaved nearly a minute off of his previous personal best in the men’s 5,000m run, finishing in second place with a time of 15:56.38.
Guy was among 14 Rio Grande athletes who established new personal-best efforts during the meet. The group also included freshman Nate Kosnich (Pickerington, OH), who placed third in the men’s 110m hurdles with a time of 15.09; freshman Clint Campbell (Malta, OH), who was third in the men’s 400m hurdles with a showing of 56.86; freshmen Nate Goodhart (Kent, OH) and Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH), who placed third and fourth, respectively, in the men’s 3,000m Steeplechase with times of 10:48.50 and 10:54.98; freshman Andrea Edelmann (Gallipolis, OH), who recorded a third-place finish in the women’s triple jump with an effort of 31-10.75 and who placed 12th in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 17.68; freshman Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH), who was fifth in the men’s 5,000m run after finishing in 16:28.15; freshman Alex Nichols (Pickerington, OH), who was fifth in the men’s discus with a toss of 129-01; freshman Floyd Lowry (St. Paris, OH), who took seventh place in both the men’s 110m high hurdles and 400m hurdles with times of 16.18 and 58.65, respectively; senior Mary Beth Schramm (Marietta, OH), who was eighth in the women’s hammer throw with a heave of 139-05; sophomore Tim Warner (Pomeroy, OH), who was 12th in the men’s 400m dash after finishing in 53.98; freshman Katie Glover (Ashville, OH), who took 12th place in the women’s 1,500m run with a time of 5:24.23; freshman Lane Hagar (Hilliard, OH), who was 12th in the men’s 1,500m run after crossing in a time of 4:22.72; and freshman Issac Andrews (Nelsonville, OH), who was 12th in the men’s discus with a toss of 108-09 and 15th in the men’s hammer throw with a heave of 84-06.
Rio Grande also had a number of other top 15 finishes on both the men’s and women’s side of things.
Among the men’s high finishers for the RedStorm was senior Kaleb Kimber (Salisbury, NC), who placed third in the high jump with an effort of 6-00.75; sophomore Kyle Sanborn (Dover, OH), who finished third in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:10.84; Andrews, who was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 41-10.50; sophomore Andrew Lawrence (Gallipolis, OH), who was fifth in the javelin throw with a toss of 94-07 and 13th in the discus with an effort of 97-08; freshman Charlie Ronan (Cincinnati, OH), who placed sixth in the 100m dash and ninth in the 200m dash with times of 11.38 and 23.27, respectively; Lowry, who was seventh in the javelin throw with a heave of 80-11; freshman Brandon Ray (Columbus, OH), who was seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 37-09.50; freshman David Bakenhaster (Frankfort, OH), who was 10th in the long jump with a leap of 17-05.50; Nichols, who placed 12th in the hammer throw with an effort of 115-10; and freshman Aaron Evancho (Mt. Perry, OH), who placed 14th in the 400m dash with a time of 54.85.
Two men’s relay teams also finished in the top six.
The 4x100 relay, comprised of Wilson, Ronan, Lowry and Kosnich, placed fourth with a time of 44.24, while the 4x400 relay team - featuring Warner, Evancho, Sanborn and sophomore Jerrele Lyles (Dublin, OH) - was sixth in a time of 3:34.40.
Rio’s top showings on the women’s side included junior Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH), who took fourth place in the high jump at 4-04.00; freshman Lauren Stacy (Bethel, OH), who was fourth in the discus at 118-02, seventh in the shot put with a toss of 35-07.75 and 10th in the hammer throw with an effort of 127-02; freshman Alex Ellis (Ona, WV), who was fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:32.62; freshman Clarissa Johnson (Hillsboro, OH), who was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 14-08.50 and sixth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:11.12; freshman Chantal Higgin (Delaware, OH), who was sixth in the 100m dash and ninth in the 200m dash with times of 13.52 and 27.03, respectively; junior Brittany Piccone (Crooksville, OH), who was sixth in the 5,000m run with a time of 21:03.21; sophomore Ciara Herring (Cleveland, OH), who placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 36-00.00; sophomore Carrie Coriell (Lucasville, OH), who was sixth in the discus at 111-08, ninth in the shot put with a toss of 35-04.50 and ninth in the hammer throw with an effort of 128-05; junior Renee Davis (Amsterdam, OH), who was 10th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:14.27; freshman Lindsey Golden (Milford, OH), who was 10th in the 800m run after crossing the finish line in 2:49.62; and sophomore Lauren Rhoads (Waverly, OH), who placed 10th in the shot put at 30-08.25 and 11th in the both the hammer throw and discus with heaves of 118-11 and 85-08, respectively.
The women’s 4x100 relay, which included Davis, Johnson and Higgin, placed fifth with a time of 54.23.
As a team, the Rio Grande men finished fourth with 94 points and the women were fifth with 53 points. Tiffin University won both team divisions, while Otterbein and Wittenberg finished ahead of the Rio men and the trio of Wittenberg, Otterbein and Ohio Dominican also outscored the RedStorm women.
Rio Grande returns to action this weekend at the All-Ohio Championships, which will be hosted Friday and Saturday by the University of Cincinnati.