April 1, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Two high school track standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2009, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Wednesday.
Cindy Robinson, a sprinter from Norwalk, Calif., and Courtney Zalud, a middle distance runner from Colbert, Wash., are the latest to join the Cougars track and field roster for the 2009-10 school year.
Robinson is scheduled to graduate from Norwalk High where she was a power forward for two years on the basketball team in addition to her three years on the track team. During her sophomore season, Robinson won the Suburban League 100m dash was the runner-up in 100m and 200m at the CIF Southern Section Div. II championships and a CIF master qualifier in both events. As a junior, Robinson was named the Suburban League MVP after winning both the 100m and 200m dash league titles. Last season she went on to win the CIF SS Div. II 200m race, was a CIF SS master qualifier in both 100m and 200m, and CIF state qualifier in the 100m, running a personal-best time in the prelims of 11.96 seconds. Her PR time in the 200m is 24.32. Robinson was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's 2008 Dream Team for the 100m. She was named to the Academic All-League in both basketball and track and field, is a four-year CIF scholar, and a Top 20 student at Norwalk High. Robinson plans to study pre-law at WSU.
"This is only Cindy's third year of running track and she is an outstanding student who fits our program well," Sloan said. "She is running well now but when she begins regular weight training and begins training with coaches Ellannee Richardson and Mark Macdonald, she will develop into an outstanding sprinter. She will be a great addition to our track and field program."
Zalud (pronounced zal-ad), is a senior at Mt. Spokane High who has lettered in both cross country and track and field all four years. She is a four-time Greater Spokane League cross country first team selection and two-time all-state selection. Zalud was the top runner on the Wildcats' cross country teams that placed second, third and sixth in the state 3A championships after a second-place finish in 4A her freshman season. On the track, she has broken the school record in the 800m three times, now standing at 2:16.40, and the 400m record with a time of 58.54. Zalud was selected to the All-Greater Spokane League second and first teams. At the 2008 state 3A track championships she finished second in the 1600m with a PR time of 5:06.08, sixth in the 800m and ran a leg of the fourth-place 4x400m relay as Mt. Spokane took sixth place in the team standings. Zalud had been an honor roll scholar for four years. She is a cousin to former WSU All-American miler Rick Riley.
"I believe Courtney is going to be one of the top runners in the state this year," Sloan said. "She has great leg speed and that is an important ingredient to being an outstanding middle distance runner. I know coach Jason Drake is very excited about her from a cross country standpoint and also her range on the track."
Robinson and Zalud join six Cougar track and field signees announced last month:
Alyssa Andrews, distance runner from Gig Harbor, Wash. Caroline Austin, a distance runner from Chehalis, Wash. Brett Blanshan, a sprinter from Selah, Wash. Andrew Kimpel, distance runner from Spokane, Wash. Holly Parent, a high jumper from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Christine Rice, a high jumper from Ridgefield, Wash.