GOSHEN, Ind. – Off to a strong start in 2012, Goshen College head cross country coach Doug Yoder is already adding to his 2013 roster. He recently announced the signing of Central Noble standout Ryan Smith.
Smith will run both cross country and track and field for Yoder and the Maple Leafs beginning in 2013-14.
"Ryan is one of my top recruits for next year for both track and cross country," Yoder explained. "He could be in our top five this year and will fill a spot that will be vacated by our graduating seniors. He is an extremely hard worker and is dedicated to his sport and his academics."
Smith ran for coach Brandon Bitting at Central Noble were he earned all area honors and was a semi state qualifier. He also was a Junior Olympic All-American and a Scholar-Athlete.
"Ryan has run with our coaches and athletes and knows the program well and is excited to be a part of what we have been building at Goshen College," Yoder continued. "It is great to be able to recruit from the Noble County area and we are hoping to add other quality runners from the surrounding schools as well."
The future Maple Leaf's best times include 53.7 in the 400 meters, 1:59 in the 800, 4:30 at 1,600, 9:44 in the 3,200, 15:57 at 5,000, and 33:14 in the 10,000.
In addition to an outstanding running resume, Smith has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and in music (both instruments and choir). The son of Christina Monroe and Jason McDonald, Ryan is planning on majoring in Business Management at Goshen.