Sumner track and field athlete signs onto University of Montana

  • Tue Dec 1st, 2015 10:30pm
  • Sports

Josh Riley (middle) is joined by (from left) coach Mark Issacs

Sumner High’s Josh Riley is now officially signed, sealed and delivered on his way to Missoula, Mont., having signed a national letter-of-intent to become a track and field athlete at the University of Montana.

Riley (5-10, 180)signed with the Big Sky Conference program during a Nov. 18 ceremony at Sumner High. He will join theGrizzlies in the fall of 2016.

Riley has been a standout performer for the Spartan track and field program. At last year’s Class 3A state meet, he took second-place honors in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches. He also had qualified for state in both hurdle races,finishing fourth in the 300-meter run and eighth at 110 meters. He also was a part of Sumner’s state-qualifying relay teams.

That versatility will serve him well, as Montana has recruited Riley as a decathlete. The decathlon features 10 events involving running, jumping and throwing.

“Josh is one of those special athletes who knows what hard work is and he’s not afraid of it. He’s quick, he’s fast, he’s got good foot speed, he can jump. He’s going to be very solid for us,” UM coach Brian Schweyen said. “I’m extremely happy to have him, and I think we’re lucky to have him. He aspires to be great, so I think we can do great things with him.”

The Big Sky is a sprawling conference with three member schools in California, two in Montana and Utah, and one each inWashington, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota, Colorado and Arizona.