Rio Grande Sports Information
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Nikola Andjelic earned a second straight All-American honor, while a trio of other athletes representing the University of Rio Grande narrowly missed the same accolade following Friday's action at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Andjelic, a junior from Split, Croatia, finished fourth in the Men's Decathlon after piling up 6,697 points in the 10-event competition.
The top eight finishers in each competition are named All-Americans. Andjelic, who was in seventh place after the first five events on Thursday, earned the honor in the same event last year.
Andjleic finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.85), third in the pole vault (4.30m), fifth in the javelin throw (47.63m), and sixth in both the discus throw (33.52m) and 1,500-meter run (4:39.34).
Junior Tyanna Petty (Somerset, OH) missed an All-American finish in the Women's Heptathlon by just two points. She finished ninth with 4,504 points in the seven-event competition.
Petty, who was 10th after Thursday's first four events, won the 800-meter run by just over two seconds with a time of 2:16.94, while placing 12th in the javelin throw (27.32m) and 13th in the long jump (4.66m).
Jamestown's Kaiann Arellano edged Petty for the final All-American nod with 4,506 points.
Freshman Allison McNeal (Logan, OH) set a new school record in the Women's Shot Put with a heave of 43'6.5" and placed 13th overall. Her finish was the best among freshman competitors.
Sophomore Mike Norris (Dayton, OH) placed 10th in the Men's 800-Meter Run with a time of 1:52.98. He failed to reach the finals - and grab a guaranteed All-American honor - by just .13 seconds.
The national meet concludes on Saturday with a trio of RedStorm runners participating in the Men's Marathon, Petty taking part in the Women's High Jump, junior Clint Campbell in the Men's 400-meter hurdle final and freshman Connor Messer (Ashland, KY) among those in the Men's Pole Vault competition.
Freshman Kameron Carpenter (Newark, OH) had the 40th-best qualifying time for the Marathon with a mark of 1:12.56, while senior teammates Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH) and Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH) were 44th and 47th, respectively, with times of 1:13.03 and 1:13.05, respectively.
Petty, who won the national championship in the high jump during the indoor season, has the seventh-best qualifying mark at 1.70m.
Campbell had the third-best finish during Thursday's time trials, crossing the line in 53.19 - a mark which shattered the previous school record of 53.40 set by Eric Norris in 1989.
The Malta, Ohio junior, whose qualifying time of 54.60 was the 22nd-fastest among those in the event, has assured himself of All-American status by virtue of reaching the final.
Messer, who twice this season established a new school record in the pole vault, had the 20th-best qualifying mark of 4.60m.
Live video of the entire championship meet is available at www.naianetwork.com. Live scoring/statistics can be found at www.cfpitiming.com.