Morgan track duo Rio-bound
Clinton Campbell and Derek Dingey have competed together on the track and been friends off of it since seventh grade.
Unlike a lot of athletes, the Morgan High duo won’t stop being teammates after high school as the two have signed to compete together at Rio Grande next year.
“I’m extremely excited,” Dingey said.
“It’s a great opportunity.”
“It’s very exciting to get to compete at the next level,” Campbell said. “That’s been the goal since freshman year.”
Rio Grande, led by head coach Bob Willey, is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school.
The Red Storm compete in the Mid-South Conference.
Campbell, a 5-foot-10, 150-pound sprinter and hurler, plans to major in Sports and Exercise Studies while Dingey, a 6-0, 250-pound thrower, will likely study Computer Science.
The duo brings a lot of talent to the Red Storm, as each put together very impressive resumes during their time with the John Robbins-coached Raiders.
Dingey set the school discus record with a throw of 163-9 at the Muskingum Valley League meet this season, while Campbell has set several school records.
Both competed at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium last season in the Ohio Division II state meet, while Campbell is looking for a return trip to Columbus today when he competes in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles at the regional meet in Athens.
“Clinton’s been our high-point guy all year,” Robbins said.
“He’s a phenomenal runner. Both are great, solid kids.
“They are two of the best athletes we’ve had come through in awhile.”
Campbell was a district champion in the 200 and 300 hurdles, holding personal records of 21.97 and 38.54, respectively, in the two events.
Dingey owns a PR of 51-10 in the shot put to go along with his discus school record.
The two figure to continue to improve at the collegiate level.
“We’ve been pushing each other every year,” Campbell said.
“I’m sure our goal next year will be to get to nationals. It’s pretty fun knowing we’ll compete together.”