Rio Grande Sports Information
LIMA, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande men's bowling team began its history by recording a ninth-place finish at the 2017 Racer Classic, which concluded its weekend run at Westgate Entertainment Center on Sunday.
The RedStorm finished ahead of Bowling Green State University and Davenport University, while also earning 16 championship points, in the two-day, 11-team event hosted by the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Notre Dame College captured the team championship.
Individually, freshman Kaleb Taylor (Washington Court House, OH) topped all Rio bowlers with a 16th-place finish in the field of 80 participants. He toppled 1,158 pins for the weekend and finished with a 193 average.
Among the other competitors for the RedStorm were freshman Chris Somerville (Gallipolis, OH), who finished 21st with 1,139 pins and a 189 average - in addition to recording the RedStorm's high game of 256; freshman Austin Cook (St. Mary's, OH), who placed 22nd with 1,134 pins and a 189 average; freshman Shane Matthews (Hamilton, NJ), who was 33rd with 930 pins and an average of 186; and freshman Brandon Westerfield (Barberton, OH), who was 41st with 820 pins and a 164 average.
Placement was based on total pins and not averages.
Rio Grande returns to action on Sept. 30 at the Cardinal Classic, hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.