Pickerington Central boys track and field coach Jason Roach knows a good opportunity when he sees one, particularly when it's involving something he's so familiar with.

When Nathan Kosnich and Alex Nichols spent time this spring trying to figure out where to attend college, Roach encouraged them to check out his alma mater, Rio Grande.

The fact that they'll be receiving aid to compete there I'm sure enhanced their desire to pick Rio Grande, but it probably didn't hurt the school's case that they had a supporter who was so close to the program.

According to a press receive we received from Rio Grande earlier this week, Nichols and Kosnich each will compete for the RedStorm next year.

Nichols is competing at the state track meet this weekend in the shot put and discus while Kosnich finished fifth at the regional in the 110 hurdles.

"Competing at the college level has been a goal of mine since my freshman year in high school," Nichols told Rio Grande. "I'm really happy that I have that opportunity."

"I am very excited," Kosnich told Rio Grande. "This is the realization of a dream that I've had for as long as I can remember."