ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Students First.
Lipscomb's Ryan Speer, a Corporate Management major and Coaching minor, boasts a 3.81 GPA as the junior is just as dedicated to his education as he is about his titles, which he has multiple of. A two-time individual champion in the 800-meter run at the Indoor & Outdoor Championship, Speer holds five indoor gold medals and three outdoor first-place performances and a handful of runner-up showings.
"Yes we're athletes but our job here is going to school to get an education," said Speer. "At the end of the day it's our diploma and degree that is going to matter the most."
"I think a sense of discipline and hard work has gotten me to where I am today," said Speer. "I hope to take that into the work force wherever I may end up. I think it's a key quality that I have and I hope that employers will see about me."
Speer has claimed a spot on the ASUN Honor Roll for the last three years and has been selected to the Indoor Track and Field All-Academic Team in the past three seasons, one of 11 student-athletes to earn three selections in their collegiate careers. Speer added a spot on the 2018 Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team and also garnered a spot on the 2018 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals team.
"He is at the top of his teams in terms of academics," Dr. Lin Garner, Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator, said. "It just shows how much he emphasizes his education. It's amazing how he balances athletics and academics."
This weekend, Lipscomb competes in the 2019 ASUN Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Hodges Stadium after earning runner-up status in the past two years. Speer is set to compete in the 4x400-meter Relay and the 800-meter run, which he enters with the fourth-fastest time this season.
"I think Ryan as a competitor, in both cross country and track, has an intense desire to be successful," added Bill Taylor Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field. "He competes and trains with everything he has and you want to see that in an athlete. That opens the door academically and in other areas. He's just driven. He wants to help people to be their best too."