Campbell leads RedStorm on opening day of NAIA meet


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



GULF SHORES, Ala. — Clinton Campbell set a new school record in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, while also earning a chance to run for a national championship during Thursday’s action at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.

Campbell, a junior from Malta, Ohio, 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.

Campbell, whose qualifying time of 54.60 was the 22nd-fastest among those in the event, will now run in Saturday’s final at 5:20 p.m. EDT.

By virtue of reaching the final, Campbell has assured himself of All-American status. The top eight finishers in each individual event are named All-Americans.

Two other student-athletes representing the RedStorm were also in action on Thursday.

Junior Nikola Andjelic (Split, Croatia) is in seventh place at the halfway point of the Men’s Decathlon competition after tallying 3,355 points through the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-meter dash.

Andjelic was fifth in the 100 (11.39), sixth in the long jump (6.43m) and shot put (11.19m) and eighth in both the high jump (1.78m) and 400 (51.87).

The final five events – the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500-meter run – are scheduled for Friday beginning at 11 a.m.

In the Women’s Heptathlon, Rio junior Tyanna Petty (Somerset, OH) is in 10th place with 2,743 points after four of the seven events.

Petty was second in the 200-meter dash (25.73) and tied for 10th in the high jump (1.52m), while taking 11th place in the shot put (9.72m) and 12th place in the 100-meter hurdles (15.58).

The remaining three events – the long jump, the javelin throw and the 800-meter run – will take place Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Two other Rio Grande athletes will be participating in their respective events on Friday.

Sophomore Mike Norris (Dayton, OH) will run in the men’s 800-meter time trials at 3:20 p.m., while freshman Allison McNeal (Logan, OH) will be among the competitors in the women’s shot put at 2 p.m.

Norris is ranked 20th nationally after posting a qualifying time of 1:53.29, while McNeal qualified with the 25th-best mark of 13.16m in her event.

Live video of the entire championship meet is available at www.naianetwork.com

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing