Culp to resume running career at Rio

Minford High's Andrea Culp poses with her father,
Mark, and RedStorm coaches after signing to run
track & field at Rio Grande.

MINFORD, Ohio - University of Rio Grande track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of former Minford High School runner Andrea Culp for the 2014 season.

The 5-foot-3 Culp will be resurrecting her career after last running for the Falcons of coaches Chuck Miller and Robyn Preston at least two years ago.

Culp ran a personal-best time of 33.95 to win the 200-meter dash at the Oak Hill Invitational as a freshman in April 2010 according to Mile Split, a website dedicated to following track & field athletes throughout their prep careers. It is her only performance listing.

"Surprised, excited, nervous," said Culp, when asked to describe her feelings about the signing. "Competing at the collegiate level really wasn't something I thought much about."

Culp, who plans to focus her studies toward a career as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, said she couldn't turn down Willey's offer to join the program.

Willey said that, once Culp returns to form, she'll be able to provide a measure of depth for the RedStorm.

"Andrea ran track in high school, although I'm not sure that she ran during her senior year," he said. "I think once she gets here and gets settled in  that she'll be able to help us."

"I think I bring a level of motivation and a strong sense of will power to the program," Culp said. "I know that I need to improve on my times and that's my goal - to become a stronger, improved athlete and a better person overall."

Culp is the daughter of Mark and Becky Culp of Minford.