The Indian Hills Community College athletic department has recognized Dion Ryan (Men’s Track & Field) and Peyton Coffin (Women’s Track and Field) as January’s student-athletes of the month. This accolade honors student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding work in their respective sport and in the classroom.
Ryan, a freshman high jumper from Waterford, Ireland, had a record-breaking start to his college career for the Warrior track and field team. The high jumper helped the team reach its highest national ranking in program history when they entered the national polls at number thirteen. In the first meet in January, Ryan broke the indoor high jump school record, with a 6’7” leap that also qualified him for the NJCAA Indoor National Championships in Lubbock, Texas in March. He currently sits fifteenth on the national performance list for the high jump. "Dion is a competitor through and through. The greater the competition, the more he shines. That type of approach on meet day is infectious," said assistant coach Brent Ewing." Ryan, as well as the Indian Hills track and field coaching staff have their eyes set on an All-American performance come March. “Being one of the best jumpers in Ireland, we knew he was going to be something special. We look forward to what he is going to accomplish come post season,” added head coach Scott Barnes. The Irishman is an arts and sciences student at Indian Hills, carrying a 3.00 GPA.