River Valley's Mabe signs with Rio

River Valley High School’s Justin Mabe signs with
the University of Rio Grande as his parents and
members of the Rio coaching staff look on. Pictured
are, from left to right, (seated) Jennifer Mabe, Justin
Mabe, and Keith Mabe; (standing) Rio Grande head
coach Bob Willey and Rio Grande assistant coach
Steve Gruenberg.

BIDWELL, Ohio – University of Rio Grande track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of River Valley High School’s Justin Mabe for the 2013-14 school year.

Mabe, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound sprinter/jumper for coach Jacob Attar’s Raiders, has competed in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, as well as the high jump this season. As a junior, his event list also included the 400-meter dash, along with the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays and the 4x55 shuttle hurdles.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity to participate at the next level,” Mabe said after putting his signature on the letter of intent. “Getting the chance to run in college is something I really started thinking about since I started high school.”

Mabe had seven top five finishes in the various events he competed in last season.

“Justin really has some ability and we’re excited that he’s joining our program,” Willey said. “I think he’s the kind of young man who will blossom once he gets here. We’re anxious to get things going with him.”

Mabe, who will major in Biology, pointed to his meeting with Willey and his assistant coaches – along the close proximity to home – as key factors in his signing with the RedStorm.

Like Willey, Mabe feels like his best days remain in front of him.

“There’s always room to improve in every aspect, but I feel that I can bring competitiveness to whatever event I’m competing in,” he said. “I just want to do the best that I can and, maybe, set a few records along the way.”

Mabe is the son of Keith and Jennifer Mabe of Patriot, Ohio.