Six to represent Rio in NAIA Indoor Championships

Staff Report

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Six athletes – three men and three women – will be representing the University of Rio Grande this weekend in the 2017 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

The championship meet – the 52nd annual event of its kind for the men and 39th annual women’s championship – began Thursday and continues through Saturday at the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field in Johnson City, Tenn.

Rio Grande’s first competitor to see action will be senior Niki Worsham (Beavercreek, OH), who is part of the Women’s 3,000-meter Race Walk. The event gets underway Friday, at 11:30 a.m.

Worsham has the 10th-best qualifying mark of 16:51.19.

Three others representing the RedStorm will also be competing on Friday.

Sophomore Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) will be competing in the Men’s 600-Meter Run at 3:05 p.m. His school-record qualifying mark of 1:22.38 is the 20th-fastest time nationally.

Junior Katie Browning (Athens, OH) is part of the Women’s Pole Vault competition, which is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start. Her qualifying mark of 3.60m ranks seventh nationally.

Brandon Massey, a freshman from Waxhaw, N.C., completes Rio’s list of Friday competitors when the Men’s 200-meter dash gets underway at 6 p.m. He owns the 20th-fastest qualifying time of 22.34.

On Saturday, senior Alex Nichols (Pickerington, OH) and junior Tyanna Petty (Somerset, OH) will take part in the Men’s Shot Put and Women’s High Jump, at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.

Nichols had the 16th-best qualifying mark with a toss of 15.49m, while Petty’s leap of 1.65m was the 12th-best in her event.

All events of the National Championships will be video-streamed live on the NAIA Network ( as the NAIA partners with Stretch Internet. There will be a subscription rate for the entire event.

The NAIA holds exclusive broadcast rights for the National Championship and no other live video-streaming is allowed.

Live results are also available at

Staff Report