Recent Men's Outdoor Track & Field Headlines
George Washington High School's Phillip Colbert, Jr. is joined by family and coaches as he signs with Rio Grande
George Washington High School's Phillip Colbert, Jr. is joined by family and coaches as he signs with Rio Grande
Wed, Aug. 19, 2015 - [Men's Track & Field]

Rio Grande Sports Information
     PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - University of Rio Grande cross country/track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of George Washington High School's Phillip Colbert, Jr. for the 2015-16 school year.
     Colbert, a 6-foot-2, 160-pound mid-distance runner, ran the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run for coach Bill Singletary's Eagles, posting career-best times of 49.01 in the 400 and 1:56.13 in the 800.

Lakota East's Michael Norris is surrounded by his parents and Rio coaches as he signs with the RedStorm
Lakota East's Michael Norris is surrounded by his parents and Rio coaches as he signs with the RedStorm
Tue, Aug. 18, 2015 - [Men's Track & Field]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - University of Rio Grande cross country/track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of Lakota East High School's Michael Norris, Jr. for the 2015-16 school year.
    Norris, a 6-foot-6, 191-pound distance runner, starred for head coach Adam Thomas' Thunderhawks in the 800-meter run and 5,000-meter run.
    "Being able to run at the next level has been a goal of mine for three years now," Norris said. "I'm excited - and a little overwhelmed - to have the chance."

Vinton County High's Wade Barney is joined by his mother and coaches as he signs with Rio Grande
Vinton County High's Wade Barney is joined by his mother and coaches as he signs with Rio Grande
Wed, Jun. 10, 2015 - [Men's Track & Field]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    McARTHUR, Ohio – University of Rio Grande track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of Vinton County High School standout Wade Barney for the 2015-16 school year.
    Barney, a 5-foot-7, 165-pound sprinter/long jumper, just completed an outstanding prep career for head coach Jon Lindner's Vikings.
    Last week, Barney posted a seventh-place finish for the second straight year in the boys' Division II long jump finals at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Track & Field State Championship in Columbus. He placed sixth in the same event as a sophomore.
    Barney also qualified for the state meet in the 200-meter dash – an event in which he was a three-time district champion - but did not reach the finals.

Mon, May. 25, 2015 - [Men's Track & Field]

Rio Grande/NAIA Sports Information
    GULF SHORES, Ala. - Two of the five athletes representing the University of Rio Grande narrowly missed earning All-American status at the 2015 NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, which wrapped up its three-day run on Saturday, at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
    Sophomore Alex Presley (Zanesville, OH) finished ninth in the discus throw with a heave of 48.98m, while freshman Jordon Cummings (Columbus, OH) was 10th in the high jump with an effort of 2.06m.
    The top eight athletes in each event and top eight relay teams earned team points and achieved NAIA All-America status.

Thu, May. 21, 2015 - [Men's Track & Field]

Rio Grande/NAIA Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Five athletes representing The University of Rio Grande will be among those participating in the 64th annual Men's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.
    A small portion of the meet will begin on Thursday afternoon, although the competition starts in earnest on Friday and continues through Saturday afternoon. Seventy-one events will take place over the three-day span.
    The national champions and award winners will be recognized at approximately 7:50 p.m. EDT on Saturday. The top eight athletes in each event and top eight relay teams will earn team points and achieve NAIA All-America status.

Freshman Jordon Cummings qualified for the U.S. Junior Nationals with his showing in the high jump
Freshman Jordon Cummings qualified for the U.S. Junior Nationals with his showing in the high jump
Sat, May. 2, 2015 - [Men's Track & Field]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - University of Rio Grande freshman Jordon Cummings secured a spot in the U.S. Junior Nationals, while fellow frosh D.J. Hickman earned a berth to the upcoming NAIA National Championships based on their respective performances at Saturday's Dave Rankin Invitational hosted by Purdue University.
    Cummings, a native of Columbus, Ohio, cleared 2.11m to finish in second place in the high jump and, at the same time, punch his ticket to the U.S. Junior Nationals, which are scheduled for June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore.
    Hickman, who hails from Dayton, Ohio, reached the "B" standard for qualifying for the NAIA national meet by finishing third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.91. He finished just behind sophomore teammate Nate Kosnich (Pickerington, OH), who was second in a time of 14.89.
    The NAIA National Championship meet is scheduled for May 21-23 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.