Jade Barber, relays provide highlights in Des Moines
AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not compete during the cross country season … competed in 13 meets between indoor and outdoor track seasons … kicked off the year with a second-place finish in the 800 meters at the Blue and Gold Invitational (1:53.61) … placed third with the B relay group (Patrick O’Connell, Andrew Pott, Adam Turner) in the 4x400-meters at the same meet … placed 14th in the 600 meters at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational … led all Irish finishers with a indoor-best second-place finish in the 800 at the Notre Dame Invitational (1:52.00) … also competed in the 800 at the Razorback Invitational and the Meyo Invitational … placed 12th in the 800 at the Alex Wilson Invitational (1:53.53) … came in 13th in the 800 prelims at the ACC Indoor Championships (1:52.88) … started the outdoor season competing in the 400 at the Bobcat Invitational … placed fifth in the 800 meters at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (1:53.17) … placed 10th in the event at the Gina Relays to lead the Irish finishers (1:52.87) … came in 12th in the 800 at the Jesse Owens Track Classic (1:52.32) … wrapped the year with a fourth-place finish in the 800 at the GVSU Last Chance Meet … earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMANDid not compete during the cross country season ... Competed in four meets during the indoor track & field season ... Finished ninth among 19 runners in the 800m run at the Victor Lopez Classic in what was his lone outdoor meet.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Graduated from Tippecanoe High School (Tipp City, Ohio) in the spring of 2013 ... earned 12 letters in cross country, track & field and swimming ... state cross country qualifier, finished 57th (16:13) ... earned two fifth-place finishes at the 2013 state track meet (800m - 1:53.42 and 4x800m - 7:52.57) ... junior year, took sixth place in the 800m run (1:55.25) at the state championships ... three-time state swimming qualifier ... active in National Honor Society, Student Senate, Spirit Committee, Octagon Service Club, choir and Young Neighbors in Action Service Group ... class president ... mother, Jeanne, played tennis at Miami University (Ohio) ... grandfather, H. Royer, played football at Williams University ... full name is Grant Royer Koch ... born in Tipp City, Ohio ... son of David and Jeanne Koch ... has three older sisters ... enrolled in the College of Science and majoring in Biological Sciences.