Men's track adds South Gallia grad

Rio Grande Sports Information

South Gallia High graduate Jacob Fields, left, signs
to throw for the RedStorm with Rio track and field
assistant coach Nick Wilson.

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – University of Rio Grande track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of South Gallia High School's Jacob Fields for the 2014 season.

Fields, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound thrower, placed ninth in the shot put at the district championship meet last season for head coach Jack Jamps' Rebels. 

"I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity," said Fields. "Competing at the collegiate level has been a dream of mine all through high school."

Fields set personal bests during his prep career by recording a distance of 46'3" in the shot, which also happens to be a South Gallia High School record.

"He's an outstanding young man and we're thrilled to have him in our program," Willey said. "He should be able to help us in the throwing events this year as a freshman. He's a very good student and great young man."

Fields, who is going to focus on Sport and Exercise Science as his area of study, was drawn to Rio Grande due to academics.

"I'm here to not only continue my athletic career but also further my education," said Fields. "I have hopes of scoring points for the team this season and possibly breaking some records."

Fields is the son of Mark and Traci Fields of Gallipolis.