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University of Rio Grande director of track & field/cross country Steve Gruenberg has announced the signing of recent Galion High School’s Joey Lugo for the 2014-15 school year.


Lugo, a 6-foot, 245-pound thrower, competed in both the shot put and discus for head coach Todd Roston’s Tigers and had career-best efforts of 44’8” in the shot put and 120’3” in the discus in the reecently completed season.


“I’m very grateful and excited to be given the opportunity to continue my career,” said Lugo. “Getting a chance like this is something I’ve thought about for the last year or so. I’m hoping to improve greatly.”


Lugo is a two-time letterman in both track & field and football and also received an academic letter award during his prep career.


Gruenberg said Lugo is the RedStorm coaching staff’s latest attempt at adding a measure of depth to its throwing corps.


“We’re excited to add Joey to our growing throws team. He’s our fourth throwing commit for next season,” Gruenberg said. “I think that after adjusting to the college shot and disc that he’ll be able to do well for us. I also believe that he can start working on hammer and help us out there as well.”


Lugo, who plans to major in Psychology, said the decision to sign with Rio was an easy one.


“I really liked the great campus and the coaches,” he said. “Also, just having the opportunity that I’ve been given was important.”


Lugo added that he’s willing to do whatever is asked of him to make an impact once he arrives on campus.


“I definitely need to improve on my technique, but I feel like I have potential that be reached through great coaching,” Lugo said. “I just want to be the best that I can be and try to be better than what I was the day before.”


Lugo is the son of Jennifer Cogar of Galion.

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