January 17, 2010
RedStorm indoor track gets underway
Bexley, Oh. --- The University of Rio Grande RedStorm men's and women's track and field squads opened up the 2010 indoor season at the Mike Hout Invitational hosted by Capital University on Saturday.
The women's team scored 53 points and finished 6th out of nine teams while the RedStorm men had a limited number of participants and scored three points, finishing 9th out of nine teams.
Junior middle distance runner Cassie Mattia (West Chester, OH) had a very productive meet for the RedStorm as she finished second in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:23.73. Mattia also anchored the 4 x 200-meter relay team that finished third with a time of 1:54.11 and the distance medley quartet that finished first with a time of 13:37.48. Mattia had a hand in 24 of the 53 points scored by the Rio women.
Joining Mattia on the 4 x 200 team was junior Rachel Walker (Ironton, OH), sophomore Kayla Graves (Chillicothe, OH) and freshman Hayley McSurley (Plumwood, OH). Senior Stacey Arnett (Laurelville, OH), sophomore Molly Roark (South Webster, OH) and sophomore Kayla Renner (Galloway, OH) teamed with Mattia in the distance medley.
Sophomore thrower Tracie Brown (Logan, OH) finished 3rd in the weight throw with a top heave of 38 feet, 11 ¾ inches.
Other RedStorm women results: Graves, 4th in the 60-meter dash (8.42); Renner, 4th in the 3,000-meter run (11:10.18); Arnett, 5th in the 3,000 (11:35.42); Roark, 6th in the 500 (1:29.58); McSurley, 7th in the 60 (8.56) and sophomore Cory Crutcher (Eaton, OH), 7th in the weight throw (34 feet, 11 inches).
The RedStorm men had a limited number of performers and only junior distance runner Matthew Spencer (Pickerington, OH) scored by finishing 6th in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:07.
Freshman Jay Butler (Cincinnati, OH) just missed scoring in the long jump as he recorded a best effort of 19 feet, 9 ¾ inches. He was 10th overall.
Rio Grande will head to Otterbein College next Saturday (January 23) to compete in the Otterbein Open.