Rio Grande Sports Information
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - To say that University of Rio Grande junior Tyanna Petty knows how to make a grand finale would be a major understatement.
The Somerset, Ohio native wrapped up the 2017 Indoor Track & Field season on Saturday by becoming the school's first female individual national champion, taking top honors in the Women's High Jump at the NAIA National Championships at David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field.
Petty cleared 5'9-3/4" to win the title, outdistancing runner-up Chelsea Baker of Friends (Kan.) University, who finished at 5'8-1/2".
Petty, whose qualifying mark of 5'5" was 12th-best nationally, also bettered the previous indoor school record of 5'7", which she set last year, and topped the school's outdoor record of 5'8-1/2" set by Tiffany Park in 1984 in the process.
"I just want to thank God for my ability and both of my coaches (Rio assistant coaches) Craig Dougherty and Doug Messer for all of the training," Petty said. "I couldn't have done it without them."
The championship was the first individual title of any kind for Rio Grande since Matt Boyles won the Men's 5,000-meter Race Walk at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2005.
Petty, who earned All-American honors in the heptathlon at last year's NAIA Outdoor Championships, is also Rio Grande's record holder in the 100-meter hurdles (outdoor) and the pentathlon (indoor).
Two other females representing the RedStorm took part in the Indoor championships.
Senior Niki Worsham (Beavercreek, OH) finished 10th in the 3,000-meter Race Walk with a time of 17:17.49, while junior Katie Browning (Athens, OH) was part of a six-way tie for 15th place in the Pole Vault with an effort of 10'10-3/4".
Petty's championship allowed Rio Grande to finish in a five-way tie for 27th place in the team standings with 10 points.
Indiana Tech took the team championship with 75 points, while Oklahoma City was second with 59 points and Wayland Baptist took third with 40 points.