Rio Grande Sports Information
WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Connor Messer had a first-place finish and Brandon Massey recorded a pair of runner-up showings to lead the University of Rio Grande men's track and field team at Friday evening's Otterbein University Twilight Invitational.
The RedStorm also got a first place finish from their 4x400 relay team and second place outings from Mike Norris and Nikola Andjelic en route to a fourth-place team finish.
Rio tallied 73 points as a team, finishing 15.5 points behind third place Cedarville (89.5 pts.). Ohio Dominican University and the host Cardinals tied for the team championship with 96 points apiece.
Messer, a freshman from Ashland, Ky., won the pole vault competition by clearing a new school record mark of 4.56m (14'11"). He also posted a fourth-place finish in the long jump with an effort covering 6.32m.
Massey, a sophomore from Waxhaw, N.C., was second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.03 and also was the runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 13.10m.
The 4x400 unit - featuring sophomore Phil Colbert (North Philadelphia, PA), Norris, freshman Keshawn Jones (Mansfield, OH) and senior Aaron Evancho (Zanesville, OH) - took first place with a time of 3:29.73, while Norris was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.54 and Andjelic finished behind Messer in the pole vault with a mark of 4.26m.
Norris is a sophomore from Dayton, Ohio and Andjelic is a sophomore from Split, Croatia.
The RedStorm had 10 additional Top 10 outings including Jones, who was fourth in the 800 with a time of 1:58.00; senior Floyd Lowry (St. Paris, OH), who placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.65 and ninth in the 110-meter hurdles after crossing in 15.68; senior Isaac Andrews (Nelsonville, OH), who was sixth in the shot put with a heave of 13.37m; freshman Zack Collins (Newark, OH), who placed seventh in the hammer throw with a toss of 42.25m; freshman Adam Champer (Malvern, OH), who was eighth in the discus with a throw of 40.29m; Colbert, who was eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.00; senior Austin Moore (Swedesboro, NJ), who took ninth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 56.95; junior Arthur Dunkley (Akron, OH), who finished ninth in the javelin throw with a toss of 34.74m; and freshman Joe Beegle (Racine, OH), who was 10th in the shot put with a heave of 12.19m.
Rio Grande returns to action next Saturday in the River States Conference Championship hosted by Point Park University.