Rio women sending 4 to nationals

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

FINDLAY, Ohio — Seven athletes representing the University of Rio Grande established new personal records, including three who reached the national championship qualifying standard in the women’s division of last weekend’s Findlay Indoor Track and Field Classic at the Malcolm Athletic Center.

Junior Nichole Warsham (Beavercreek, OH) reached the “A” standard in the 3000-meter race walk by finishing seventh with a new PR of 16:26.21, while sophomore Tyanna Petty (Somerset, OH) did the same in the pentathlon by finishing third with 3,162 points.

Petty also set new personal-bests in both the shot put (8.60m) and 60-meter hurdles (9.74) en route to her finish in the pentathlon.

Outside of the pentathlon, Petty also notched a fourth-place finish in the high jump by clearing 1.58m.

Sophomore Katie Browning (Athens, OH) met the “B” standard in the pole vault, finishing sixth with an effort of 3.43m.

The NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for March 3 and 4 in Johnson City, Tenn.

Also earning new personal-best marks for the RedStorm over the weekend were sophomore Marissa McConaha (Duncan Falls, OH) in the shot put (9.02m) and long jump (4.19m); freshman Alexis Johnson (Mercerville, OH) in the shot put (9.62m) and weight throw (9.81m); sophomore Rachel Ball (Chillicothe, OH), who finished the 3000-meter run in 11:53.66; sophomore Emili Sannes (Carlisle, OH), who placed fourth in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:43.99; and junior Alex Ellis (Ona, WV), who was 10th in the 1000-meter run after crossing the line in 3:24.52.

Sophomore Keri Lawrence (Pomeroy, OH) gave Rio its only other top five finish in the Classic, taking fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.24.

The two-day competition was not a team scored event. The RedStorm returns to action on Friday afternoon at Cedarville University.

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

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing