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WSU Track & Field BIO
Thane Pierson
Player Profile:
Thane Pierson 1264774
Position: High Jump
Height: 6'3"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Naches, Wash.
High School: Naches Valley High

PAC-12 SCORER

WSU CAREER. JUNIOR (2014-15): Indoor - Cleared indoor PR with high jump bar at 2.14m/7-0 1/4i at Cougar Indoor meet (2/7/15, Pullman) and then again the next week at Don Kirby Elite (2/14/15, Albuquerque)…at MPSF Championships, finished eighth with high jump of 2.09m/6-10 1/4i…Outdoor - Popped a PR at WSU-UW Dual meet of 2.16m/7-1 (5/2/15, Seattle) on his second attempt…mark is only 1/2 inch off school’s top 10 list…at Pac-12 Championships placed fifth at 2.12m/6-11 1/2…at the NCAA West Region Preliminary cleared 2.13m/6-11 3/4 (15th)…named to Pac-12 All-Academic track and field first team…named to USTFCCCA All-Academic team.

SOPHOMORE (2013-14): Indoor - Skied to PR height in high jump of 2.11m/6-11i to tie for fourth at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships (3/1/14, Seattle)…Outdoor - At Pac-12 Championships tied for fifth place in high jump (2.06m/6-9)…cleared PR bar at 2.12m/6-11 1/2 for 16th place at NCAA West Region Prelims (5/31/14, Eugene)…named to Pac-12 All-Academic track and field second team…named to USTFCCCA All-Academic team.

FRESHMAN (2012-13): Indoor - Cleared a collegiate-best height of 2.00m/6-6 3/4i at Vandal Collegiate meet (2/2/13, Moscow)…Outdoor - Season-best high jump clearance at 2.02m/6-7 1/2 at SCC WAR VI (4/13/13, Spokane).

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned six varsity letters at Naches Valley High…three letters as a forward for basketball coach Jon Eldridge…one letter as outfielder for baseball coach Bill Walker…one letter as receiver/defensive back for football coach Ty Kime…one letter for track coach Lonnie Blanchard…on the basketball hardwood, team finished three times as SCAC West and district champions…at state tournament took eight place as sophomore and sixth as senior year…named all-league second team…on baseball team as sophomore…team won league and district championships and finished fourth in state tournament…track and field competition as senior…won league long jump title…won league and district high jump titles…at 1A State Championships was runner-up in high jump with PR height of 6-8 and finished seventh in triple jump with PR distance of 43-1…won track team’s points award.

PERSONAL. Born in August 1994, in Puyallup, Washington…father Michael is a custodian…mother Valerie is a merchandiser…older brother Nash…older sister Randi Backer…member of Gold N and Annual Clubs…plays piano…enjoys dirt biking…won the 2014 Spokane Hoopfest dunk contest…majoring in communication at WSU.

PIERSON’S WSU BEST

High Jump - 2.16m / 7-1 (2015)

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS PERFORMANCES

2015       High Jump           5th              2.12 / 6-11 1/2

2014       High Jump           t-5th            2.06m / 6-9

NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCES

2015       High Jump           15th            2.13m / 6-11 3/4

2014       High Jump           t-16th          2.12m / 6-11 1/2

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