Nov. 18, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Four outstanding high school track and field athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Washington State University in the 2006-07 season, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Friday.
The signed recruits are sprinter Princess Joy Griffey from Federal Way, Wash., 800m runner Bob Hewitt-Gaffney from Gilette, Wyoming, and distance runners Dan Geib from Reno, Nevada, and Anna Layman from Spokane Valley, Wash.
Griffey is a senior at Decatur High and the reigning 100m and 200m girls 4A Washington state champion after clocking in times of 11.79 seconds and 24.15 in the meet last spring. As a sophomore Griffey won the state 4A 100m dash title in a time of 12.04 and took second in the 200m. She has run a wind-aided 100m dash time of 11.66w and is the 12th fastest recruitable sprinter in the nation this year.
"The times Princess Joy Griffey ran as a junior will make her the fastest woman sprint recruit ever at Washington State," Sloan said. "We've had good success developing our sprinters at WSU. Bringing in somebody of her caliber, we are looking forward to her continued improvement and being very competitive in the Pac-10 and nationally."
Hewitt-Gaffney is a senior at Campbell County High, the alma mater for Cougar Cross Country Head Coach Jason Drake and current WSU redshirt junior Andrew Jones. Hewitt-Gaffney is a three-time all-conference selection and All-American as a junior. The Campbell County High team has won the state team track ttile the past five years. He finished fifth in the 800m (1:55) at the 2005 Nike Indoor National Meet and won the Simplot Games 800m in 1:55.15. His 2005 state 800m title came with a time of 1:52.48. Hewitt-Gaffney has a 3.86 GPA.
"Bob Hewitt-Gaffney is the second fastest 800m runner out of the state of Wyoming (behind Coach Drake)," Sloan said. "Bob has run 48.30 in the 400m and probably not in the best meet conditions and probably not a lot of competition for him either. I think he will be an outstanding middle distance runner for us, helping us a great deal in the 4x400 relay and might see some 400m from time to time. Bob is the fourth fastest graduating senior going into this spring's track season returning from last year. It is exciting to get an athlete of his talent but also because of the potential for development he has - putting him into more competitive situations and better training facilities."
Geib hails from Galena High is a three-time cross country all-state selection. He is the defending Nevada state champion in 3200m, and runner-up in the 2005 1600m. He's also clocked in a 5k time of 14:47 at the Mt. SAC Relays and run a 9:18 two-mile at the Nike Outdoor Championships.
"We have been getting athletes out of Reno and they have been doing well here," Sloan said. "Geib is a 5k and 10k type runner. Had an outstanding cross country season and ran very well in the 5k on the track last spring. Very good for a high school junior. We look forward to a strong men's cross country team next year and Dan will come in and not only contribute to the track and field program in the spring but also be an integral player in a successful cross country season."
Layman is from Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Wash. She finished third in the state 4A cross country championships last month as the Bears took sixth place in the team standings. She will run on the Washington team in the Washington-Oregon Border Clash for the second straight year and will run on the Bloomsday Association Team at the Western Regional Footlocker Race.
"Anna Layman is someone we have been excited about for the past two to three years," Sloan said. "She came to our camp in the summer and as soon as we saw her running on the track we went to our roster and said, `who is that girl?' She looked fantastic right from the get-go. She looks every bit as good if not better now than she did then. She has dealt with some injury problems along the way so her performances haven't been there for her in the last year or so but this year in cross country she had a healthy season, got third in the state championship and has raced very well all season long off of minimal training, by collegiate standards. I think with Anna part of our task will be to manage her training. We realize she is a tremendous talent and our objective will be to keep her healthy and get her to the important track and cross country meets in good shape. She has the potential and ability to develop and be excellent."