Rio Grande Sports Information
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Nine student-athletes representing the University of Rio Grande are among those taking part in the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship, which gets underway Thursday morning and continues through Saturday evening, at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
The competition begins Thursday at 11 a.m. with five events in the Men's Decathlon, while four events in the Women's Heptathlon are slated for an 11:30 a.m. start.
A handful of field events will also get underway at 11 a.m. Thursday, while 14 different running events will get started at 3:30 p.m.
Six of the eight Rio athletes who qualified for the three-day national event are men.
Junior Nikola Andjelic (Split, Croatia) has the eighth-best qualifying mark in the decathlon with 6,195 points, while freshman Connor Messer (Ashland, KY) and sophomore Mike Norris (Dayton, OH) are ranked 20th in the pole vault and 800-meter run, respectively.
Messer, who had a qualifying mark of 4.60m, will compete on Saturday at 2 p.m., while Norris - who punched his ticket to the nationals with a qualifying time of 1:53.29 - is scheduled to compete in the 800 trials on Friday at 3:20 p.m. EDT.
The 800-meter final is set for Saturday at 6 p.m.
Junior Clinton Campbell (Malta, OH) is part of the field in the 400-meter hurdles, with the 22nd-fastest qualifying time of 54.60.
Campbell will run in the 400 hurdles time trials on Thursday at 5:25 p.m., with the hopes of advancing to Saturday's final at 5:20 p.m.
The RedStorm's final three men's representatives will compete in the marathon on Saturday at 7 a.m.
Freshman Kameron Carpenter (Newark, OH) had the 40th-best qualifying mark of 1:12.56, while senior teammates Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH) and Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH) are ranked 44th and 47th, respectively, with times of 1:13.03 and 1:13.05.
Rio's two female competitors are junior Tyanna Petty (Somerset, OH) and freshman Allison McNeal (Logan, OH).
Petty had the second-best qualifying mark in the heptathlon (4,619 pts.) and is ranked seventh in the high jump (1.70m). The high jump final is slated for Saturday at 3 p.m.
Petty won the NAIA's Indoor National Championship in the high jump earlier this year.
McNeal will be among those vying for the shot put title on Friday at 2 p.m. She qualified with the 25th-best mark of 13.16m.
Live video of the entire championship meet is available at www.naianetwork.com. Live scoring/statistics can be found at www.cfpitiming.com.