Strunk, Schramm lead Rio at MSC
Track & Field Championships
Rio Grande Sports Information
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Kim Strunk had one first-place finish and two runner-up showings, while Mary Schramm also had a first-place finish and Kaleb Kimber tallied a pair of second-place performances to lead the University of Rio Grande’s track & field teams at the Mid-South Conference Championship, which took place Friday and Saturday on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands.
Strunk, a senior from Milford, Ohio, won the women’s Hammer Throw with a heave of 135-02, while also taking second place in both the Shot Put at 37-10.75 and Discus Throw at 108-07.
Schramm, a junior from Marietta, Ohio, took the title in the Javelin Throw with a toss of 99-11. She also placed third in the Hammer Throw (126-04), fifth in the Discus Throw (101-06) and sixth in the Shot Put (32-05.00).
Kimber, a senior from Salisbury, N.C. in his first season with the Rio track team, took second in both the men’s High Jump at 6-01.50 and Long Jump at 21-08.75.
The Rio Grande women’s team finished fifth among the eight teams with 79 points. Campbellsville won the women’s team title with 196 points, with Cumberlands second with 143 and Bethel (Tenn.) third at 136.
The RedStorm men placed sixth among the nine teams with 56 points. Cumberland (Tenn.) University won the team crown with 283 points, while Lindsey Wilson (162.5 pts.) and Bethel (139 pts.) rounded out the top three squads on the men’s side.
Rio had four individuals and three relay teams who also managed top five finishes at the event.
Freshman Kyle Sanborn (Dover, OH) took runner-up honors in the men’s 800 meter run with a time of 1:58..74; senior Shardai Morrison-Fountain (Columbus, OH), in her second season as a member of the Rio track squad, was second in the women’s 200 meter dash with a time of 25.90 after qualifying eighth in the preliminary round and was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 16-06.00; freshman Austin Wilson (Gallipolis, OH) was third in the men’s 200 meter dash with a time of 26.61 after qualifying sixth; and freshman Candace Lang (Cincinnati, OH) took fourth in the women’s 200 meter dash with a time of 26.61 after qualifying sixth for the event final.
The RedStorm’s women’s 4x100 meter relay team – comprised of Lang, sophomores Renee Davis (Amsterdam, OH) and Shameca Armstrong (Cincinnati, OH) and Morrison-Fountain – placed fifth after crossing the line in a time of 51.60.
The men’s 4x800 relay team – Sanborn, sophomore Dustin Moritz (Ironton, OH), senior Chad McCarty (Tipp City, OH) and senior Joe Taranto (Pickerington, OH) – grabbed a third place showing in 7:59.97, while the 4x100 relay unit – junior Kevin Malone (Waverly, OH), Wilson, Taranto and freshman Tyler Campbell (Gallipolis, OH) – was fourth with a time of 43.92.
Among the other showings for the Rio Grande women were Davis, who was sixth in the 400 meter hurdles at 1:16..49 and seventh in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.49; sophomore Brittany Piccone (Crooksville, OH), who was eighth in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:15.06 and 12th in the 5000 meter run at 20:23.62; Morrison-Fountain, who was ninth in the High Jump with a leap of 4-06.00; Armstrong, who was ninth in the long jump with an effort of 14-05.00; sophomore Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH), who was ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 27-06.75, 12th in the high jump at 4-04.00 and 13th in the javelin throw with a heave of 74-11; and Lang, who tied for 10th in the high jump at 4-04.00 and who finished 10th in the long jump with a showing of 13-11.75.
The women’s 4x400 relay team – Lang, Davis, Piccone and Morrison-Fountain – grabbed seventh place with a time of 4:31.72.
On the men’s side, Wilson was sixth in the 100 meter dash at 11:39 and eighth in the javelin throw with a toss of 129-05; McCarty placed seventh in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:03.27; Moritz was seventh in the pole vault after clearing a mark of 12-03.50 and eighth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.72; Campbell was seventh in the long jump with an effort of 20-03..75 and 12th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.23; Taranto was eighth in the 400 meter dash after crossing the line in 52.72; freshman Tim Warner (Pomeroy, OH) was 13th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 55.17; and Malone was 16th in the 200 meter dash with a finish of 25.33.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay, comprised of Wilson, Campbell, Taranto and Warner, placed sixth with a time of 3:37.45.
Rio Grande will return to action this weekend at the Ohio Open hosted by Ohio University.