The Indian Hills Community College athletic department has recognized Antonio Williams (Men's Basketball) and Tyarra English-Paulson (Women’s Track and Field) as December’s student-athletes of the month. This accolade honors student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding work in their respective sport and in the classroom.
English-Paulson, a freshman track and field student-athlete from Mayer, Minnesota, is no stranger to the limelight. The sprinter/hurdler was awarded the NJCAA National Athlete of the Week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following her dominant performance at the Central College Holiday Preview Meet on December 9th. In her collegiate debut, the freshman phenom won the 600m run by nine seconds, clocking in at 1:40.84. English-Paulson’s 600m time not only broke the school record by five seconds, but also qualified her for the 2018 NJCAA Indoor National Track & Field Championships in Lubbock, Texas. In the same meet, English-Paulson also took second place in the 60m dash and third place in the 60m hurdles. She currently leads the NJCAA in all three events. “Tyarra is one of the most coachable athletes I have ever known,” remarked assistant coach Brent Ewing. “She knows what it takes to be successful as a student-athlete and never shies away from an opportunity to get better.” Ewing praised her work ethic, saying, “Tyarra is a true leader for this team. Some athletes shy away from opportunities to test their limits, but not Tyarra. Her fierce competitiveness is what makes her so special.” English-Paulson is currently in her second term as an arts and sciences student at Indian Hills. The Warrior track and field teams return to competition Saturday, January 13th at the University of Dubuque. They will compete in seven meets over an eight week period that concludes March 2nd and 3rd at the NJCAA Indoor National Track and Field Championships.