RIO DE JANEIRO UPDATED AT 4:15 P.M.) — Ashland University alum Carlin Isles sat out the U.S. Rugby Seven team’s first match Tuesday vs. Argentina but he made the most of his opportunity in the second round of pool play, helping the U.S. beat host country Brazil, 26-0.
The former Eagle football and track standout scored a try in the 14th minute. A Brazilian player appeared to have the angle on Isles but the American showed why he has the nickname of “Fastest man in Rugby” as he made it across the line for the score, giving the U.S. a 19-0 lead. Isles also made several key tackles with the U.S. down a man.
Unfortunately, the U.S. team team was eliminated from medal contention after losing to top-seeded Fiji 24-19 on Wednesday afternoon. To advance to the quarterfinals, the U.S. men’s rugby team needed to win, draw or lose by less than four points.
While at Ashland University, Isles was a four-time track and field All-American – two indoors and two outdoors. He still has the AU record in the indoor 60-meter run (6.68 seconds). On the football field, Isles holds two AU records: longest touchdown play (100-yard kickoff return) and most single-game kickoff-return yards (174).