Rio track & field adds Morgan High duo

Family members and coaches look on as Morgan
High School’s Clinton Campbell (center left) and
Derek Dingey (center right) sign to continue their
respective track & field careers at the University of
Rio Grande.

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio – University of Rio Grande track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of Morgan High School duo Derek Dingey and Clinton Campbell for the 2013-14 school year.

Dingey, a 6-foot-0, 250-pound thrower, and Campbell, a 5-foot-10, 150-pound sprinter/hurdler, are both key members of head coach John Robbins squad.

Dingey qualified for the Ohio state championship meet last year in discus and was a regional qualifier in the shot put, while Campbell reached the state meet in the 300 hurdles.

“I can’t even describe my feelings,” Dingey said, when asked to put his signing day into words. “Getting this opportunity is something I’ve thought about since the seventh grade.”

Campbell, who also competes in the 100, the 110 hurdles and a handful of relay events, was equally awestruck..

“Words can’t explain,” he said. “For the past six years or so, I’ve tried to focus on having a chance to run collegiately. It’s a big day.”

Willey is giddy about adding both athletes to his growing roster.

“Derek  is another guy who is going to have an immediate impact when he gets here. He’s an outstanding thrower and we’re thrilled to have him coming into our program,” he said. “He’ll see instant results at the college level and, because of that, so will we.”

“Clinton has great leg speed,” Willey continued. “He runs well and is incredibly versatile.. I really think, like his high school teammate, that he’s going to come here and have a major impact as to what we’re able to accomplish.”

Both athletes chose to sign with the RedStorm after also receiving interest from a handful of other schools.

Tiffin University and Marietta College were among those also in the hunt for Dingey’s services, while Campbell was also courted by Tiffin, Defiance University and Glenville (W.Va.) State College.

“I just loved everything about Rio,” said Dingey, who plans to major in Computer Science.

“The coaches are great,” said Campbell, who will major in Sports & Exercise Studies.

Both athletes added that they’re ready to get their collegiate careers started as soon as possible.

“I think I can be a better hurdler and sprinter, but I also feel like I can help improve the team,” Campbell said.

“Hopefully, I’m going to bring a positive attitude and some good throws to the program,” said Dingey. “I know I need to bring my lifting up, so I want to hit the weight room immediately. My ultimate goal is to compete in the nationals and win.”

Dingey is the son of Allen and Pam Dingey of McConnelsville.

Campbell is the son of Jim Campbell and Tisha Dodd of Malta, Ohio.