Rio’s Freitag 2nd, Janey 15th in NAIA Championship


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



GULF SHORES, Ala. — University of Rio Grande senior Dean Freitag ran to a runner-up finish in the 5,000-meter race walk as part of Thursday’s action at the NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship, hosted by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.

Freitag, who hails from Magnolia, Ohio, posted a time of 21:59.04 and finished just under 10 seconds behind Missouri Baptist University’s Jordan Crawford.

Freitag, who was the defending champion in the event and had the third-best qualifying time, earned All-American honors with his performance.

His Rio teammate, sophomore Tristan Janey (Crown City, OH), finished 15th among the 18 competitors with a time of 29:43.51.

Janey had qualified 16th among the 18 participants.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande.