Rio Grande Sports Information
WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - University of Rio Grande director of track & field/cross country Steve Gruenberg has announced the signing of Portsmouth West High School’s Ryan Roe for the 2014-15 school year.
Roe, a 6-foot-0, 155-pound high jumper, enjoyed a solid career for head coach Keri Bivens’ Senators. He is the school record holder in the high jump with a leap of 6’6.”
In addition to his primary event, Roe also competed in the long jump and 100-meter dash during the course of his prep career. His best showing in the long jump was an effort of 18-1.
“I’m very excited to attend the University of Rio Grande and to continue my track career with such a great school,” said Roe. “I’ve wanted to compete collegiately ever since I was in junior high.”
Roe was a first team All-Southern Ohio Conference selection in 2011 and 2012 and was a second team All-SOC pick this spring.
“Ryan should be able to help us out right away in high jump and triple jump and I think that he has a chance at hitting a national standard for indoor as a freshman in the high jump,” Gruenberg said. “I also believe that he has a lot of potential in the triple jump and should add depth to an already talented jumps team.”
Roe, who intends to major in Respiratory Therapy, chose to sign with the RedStorm after also garnering interest from Ohio Christian University.
“The Rio campus is beautiful and the coaches are fantastic,” Roe said, when asked what were the deciding factors in his decision to sign with the RedStorm.
Roe acknowledged that there is some fine tuning to his form that needs to take place, but added that he’s ready to get his collegiate career started.
“I think the biggest thing that I can bring to Rio is a great attitude and a drive to get better and win,” he said. “Before I leave, I’d like to hold a school record or be a national champion - or both.”
Roe is the son of Tim and Bernice Roe of Blue Creek, Ohio.