Rio Grande Sports Information
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Connor Messer set a new school record in the Men's Pole Vault to highlight the University of Rio Grande's performance on the final day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Saturday afternoon, at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Messer, a freshman from Ashland, Ky., cleared 15'-5" to surpass the previous personal best of 15'-1" he'd set just shy of two weeks earlier at the Lindsey Wilson Twilight.
His effort on Saturday was good enough for a 13th place finish overall.
Five other athletes representing the RedStorm were also part of Saturday's action.
Junior Clint Campbell (Malta, OH) made his All-American status in the Men's 400-Meter Hurdles official by finishing eighth in a time of 56.47. Campbell secured his All-American honor on Thursday after finishing third and setting a new school record in the event's time trials.
Junior Tyanna Petty (Somerset, OH) failed to clear a height in the Women's High Jump competition after qualifying with the seventh-best mark and winning the national title in the event during the indoor season.
The remaining three Rio athletes were part of the Men's Marathon competition.
Senior Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH) placed 29th with a time of 3:05.53, while fellow senior Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH) was 34th in a time of 3:11.35.
Freshman Kameron Carpenter (Newark, OH) did not finish the race as a result of an injury.
As a team, Rio Grande's men finished in a tie for 44th place among the 69 schools who posted a team score.