Rio Grande Sports Information
NELSONVILLE, Ohio – University of Rio Grande track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of Nelsonville-York High School's Isaac Andrews for the 2014 season.
Andrews, a 6-foot-0, 280-pound thrower, competes in both the shot put and discus for head coach Noah Watkins' Buckeyes and has qualified for the regional meet in both events this spring.
Andrews is a two-time All-Tri Valley Conference selection in track, while also earning first team All-Ohio and All-Southeast District honors. He was also named All-TVC and All-Southeast District in football.
"It's a dream come true, being able to throw in college and stay to close to home," said Andrews. "When I was younger I wanted to play football at the next level but, after throwing, I decided that's what I really wanted."
For Willey, the arrival of Andrews fills a glaring void in the RedStorm's roster.
"Isaac's a big guy who has thrown really well this year. I think that he, and his parents, are glad that he chose Rio Grande," he said. "Of all the new people we're bringing in, he was the first thrower. His presence for us will be felt immediately in both of his events."
Andrews, who also credits a great deal of his success to the assistance he's received from his father, Jason, has also earned Academic All-Conference kudos during the course of his high school career.
Andrews, who chose Rio Grande over Mount Union College and Heidelberg University, said the key factor in his decision was the close proximity of Rio's campus to his home.
"I feel like I can motivate others, as well as myself, to work hard. I'd like to see how I can do when I really dedicate myself," Andrews said. "My goal is to do my absolute best while helping others reach their full potential, too. I also want to try and get the school record."
Andrews, who intends to major in Accounting, is the son of Jason and Michelle Andrews of Nelsonville.