TIFFIN, Ohio — Chanavier Robinson had two of the University of Rio Grande’s five first-place finishes and the RedStorm finished second as a team in Friday’s River States Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted at Tiffin University’s Heminger Center.
Robinson, a junior from Ravenna, Ohio, took first place in both the 60-meter dash (7.83) and the long jump (5.16m), while finishing third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.56 and placing seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 8.94m.
Robinson’s 28 points scored were enough to earn Newcomer of the Year honors. Her time in the 60-meter dash was one of 11 new meet records established.
Rio also received first place outings from sophomore Amirah Strauther (Pickerington, OH), who won the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 9.11; senior Taylor Grubb (Thornville, OH), who took first in the 3,000-meter race walk after crossing in 23:43.01; and freshman Beyonce Bobbitt (West Milton, OH), who won the weight throw with a heave of 14.30m.
The winning marks from Strauther, Grubb and Bobbitt were among the new meet records that were set.
Bobbitt also finished as the runner-up in the shot put with a toss covering 11.42m and earned Field Athlete of the Year honors.
Rio Grande totaled 130 points as a team to finish behind repeat champion Point Park University’s 158-point total. Cincinnati Christian University took third with 112.
Point Park’s Anna Shields was named RSC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. She piled up a meet-high 42.5 points by winning four individual events – the 600-meter run, the 1,000-meter run, the one-mile run and the 3,000-meter run – while also anchoring the Pioneers’ 4×400 relay team.
Point Park’s Kelly Parsley won his second straight Coach of the Year award.
Rio Grande had 12 other point-scoring individual performances and three relay units that contributed to the overall runner-up showing.
The RedStorm’s other top individual showings included senior Lucy Williams (Athens, OH), who was second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:44.95; freshman Sierra Cress (Greenville, OH), who was second in the weight throw with an effort of 13.37m and fourth in the shot put with a toss of 11.16m; junior Natalie Seeberg (Urbana, OH), who was third in the weight throw with a heave of 12.58m and eighth in the shot put with a toss of 10.30m; freshman Chase Davis (Huntington, WV), who was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 4.69m; Strauther, who was fifth in the high jump after clearing 1.40m; sophomore Rachael Barber (Ashland, KY), who was fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.16 and seventh in the 200-meter dash after crossing in 27.52 seconds; junior Kelsey Miller (Georgetown, OH), who was fifth in the 3,000-meter race walk with a time of 30:14.88; sophomore Taylor Tackett (Hillsboro, OH), who was fifth in the 600-meter run in a finish of 1:47.83; and senior Alexis Johnson-Schoolcraft (Mercerville, OH), who was eighth in the weight throw with a toss of 10.77m.
Rio’s 4,000-meter Distance Medley Relay team – comprised of Miller, freshman Abilena Sullivan (Chillicothe, OH), Grubb and Williams – placed third in a time of 14:02.45, while the RedStorm’s 4×400 relay unit – featuring Barber, freshman Sarah Shephard (Carroll, OH), sophomore Ambar Torres (Guyaquil, Ecuador) and Tackett – was fifth with a mark of 4:48.00.
The 4×800 relay squad, which was composed of Sullivan, Grubb, Miller and Williams, also placed fifth in a time of 11:02.75.
Rio Grande will return to action on Sat., Feb. 16 with some athletes competing at Findlay University and others participating at Kent State University.
NOTE: University of Rio Grande freshman Beyonce Bobbitt was chosen as the RSC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Feb. 4-10.
Bobbitt scored 18 points in the throws to earn River States Conference Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year last Friday at the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
A native of West Milton, Ohio, Bobbitt won the conference title in the weight throw with a heave of 14.30m for a new meet record. She also placed second in the shot put with a toss covering 11.42m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.