FINDLAY, Ohio — Five men’s track and field athletes representing the University of Rio Grande established new personal records and four met the national championship qualifying standard, during last weekend’s Findlay Indoor Classic at the Malcolm Athletic Center.
Freshman Nikola Andjelic surpassed the “A” standard in the heptathlon with a new personal-best total of 4,761 points.
En route to reaching his new PR, Andjelic also established new career-high efforts in the 60-meter dash (7.33), long jump (6.57m), high jump (1.78m), 60-meter hurdles (8.49), pole vault (4.00m) and 1000-meter run (2:47.25).
Sophomore Alex Presley (Zanesville, OH) also reached the “A” standard in the shot put with a heave of 15.68 meters, while sophomore Matt Hodge (Lucasville, OH) and senior Andrew Lawrence (Gallipolis, OH) met the “B” standard in the heptathlon with 4,177 points and 4,103 points, respectively. Lawrence’s mark was a new personal record.
Lawrence also established new PR’s in the long jump (5.96m), shot put (11.75m), high jump (1.84m) and 60-meter hurdles (9.26) during the event.
The NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for March 3 and 4 in Johnson City, Tenn.
Other personal-best showings by the RedStorm over the weekend included freshman Phil Colbert (North Philadelphia, PA), who was seventh overall in the 600-Meter Run with a time of 1:28.04 – three seconds shy of the school record in the event; junior Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH), who was eighth in the 1-Mile Run with a time of 4:30.34; and senior Tim Warner (Pomeroy, OH), who set new marks in both the 60-meter dash (7.96) and 600-meter run (1:32.06).
Rio’s top finish of the day in any single event came in the 800-meter run where junior Austin Moore (Swedesboro, NJ) placed third in a time of 1:59.81.
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.