A decathlete and javelin thrower that particpated in the NAIA National Track Championships last year for McKendree College. Was also on a football scholarship. Competed in the high jump (6-2 1/4-7th), 60 meter hurdles (8.83), 400 meter dash (54.00), and the shot put (38-0 3/4) in the season opening Saluki Booster Invitational.
St. Joseph Ogden H.S.: All-State, All-Area, and All-Conference in football and track. MVP in track three times and football once. Lettered in track, football, basketball, and wrestling.
Personal: Majoring in philosophy ... son of Karen Connel ... born June 13, 1980.
Wright on Jones:
"Ryan will be a decathlete as well as throw the javelin for us. He?s worked very hard with Coach Robinson in the fall and we expect him to have a good year here."