WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Freshman Nate Kosnich took first place in the 110-meter hurdles and third place in the 400-meter hurdles to help the University of Rio Grande men’s track & field team to a third place finish at the Mid-South Conference Championships, Saturday afternoon, at the University of the Cumberlands.
Kosnich, a native of Pickerington, Ohio, crossed the finish line in 15.02 to take top honors in the 110 hurdles and posted a time of 57.07 in the 400 hurdles. He was also a member of the RedStorm’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, which placed third and fourth, respectively.
By virtue of his 18.75 points scored in the meet, Kosnich earned the league’s Freshman of the Year award. He edged out fellow freshman Austin Wilson (Gallipolis, OH), who tallied 15.75 points, for Rio’s high-point honor.
Wilson, also a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, took fourth in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 11.04, while placing fifth in both the 200-meter dash (22.79) and javelin throw (131-01).
Rio Grande finished with 126 points as a team. Host Cumberlands took top honors with 233 points, while Lindsey Wilson College was second at 132. Shawnee State University finished behind Rio in fourth place with 123 points and Georgetown College was fifth at 122.50.
Rio Grande also received double-figure point outings from senior Kaleb Kimber (Salisbury, N.C.) and the freshman duo of Alex Nichols (Pickerington, OH) and Floyd Lowry (St. Paris, OH). Kimber and Nichols both tallied 13 points, while Lowry had 10.5 points.
Kimber was third in the triple jump (42-7.50), fifth in the high jump (6-5.0) and sixth in the long jump (21-1.25), while Nichols took fourth place in the discus throw (136-05) and fifth in both the shot put (42-0) and hammer throw (123-02). Lowry, another member of the 4x100 relay team, was third in the 110 hurdles (15.94) and sixth in the 400 hurdles (59.58).
Among the others who scored six points or more for the RedStorm were sophomore Kyle Sanborn (Dover, OH), who was third in the 1,500-meter run (4:01.64) and eighth in the 800-meter run (2:00.89); freshman Charlie Ronan (Cincinnati, OH), a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, who placed sixth in the 200-meter dash (23.25) and seventh in the 100 (11.15); freshman Issac Andrews (Nelsonville, OH), who was third in the shot put (45-0.5), eighth in the discus (120-0) and 10th in the hammer throw (95-11); freshman Brandon Ray (Columbus, OH), who was third in the pole vault (11-11.75); freshman Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH), who took fourth in the 5,000 (16:10.92); and freshman Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH), who was fifth in the 5,000-meter race walk (35:47.27) and seventh in the 10,000-meter run (34:58.63).
Rio also got top 10 finishes from freshman Nate Goodhart (Kent, OH), who was sixth in the 10,000 (34:53.98); sophomore Jerrele Lyles (Dublin, OH), who was seventh in the 800 (2:00.00); freshman Lane Hagar (Hilliard, OH), who placed seventh in the 5,000 (17:00.78); sophomore Tim Warner (Pomeroy, OH), who was seventh in the 400 hurdles (59.89); sophomore Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH), who took seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:35.60); freshman Aaron Evancho (Zanesville, OH), who was 10th in the 800 (2:02.90); and freshman David Bankenhaster (Frankfort, OH), who placed 10th in the 400 (54.49).
The 4x100 relay team (Wilson, Ronan, Lowry, Kosnich) took third with a time of 43.47, while the 4x400 team (Kosnich, Sanborn, Wilson, Ronan) was fourth at 3:36.60 and the 4x800 squad (Lyles, Evancho, Hagar, Guy) took fifth in 8:23.93.
Rio Grande is scheduled to return to action on Friday at the Ohio Open hosted by Ohio University.