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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/18/2014
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PULLMAN, Wash. – Three standout prep seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and compete in track and field for Washington State University in the 2014-15 seasons, Cougars Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Tuesday.

The three signees are Jonnie Green, a sprinter from Ephrata, Wash., Zach Smith, a sprinter from Bremerton, Wash., and Sam Levora, a distance runner from Sandpoint, Idaho.

“We are very pleased with the young men who have committed to Washington State University,” Sloan said. “In Jonnie and Zach we have two of the best returning sprinters in the state. Sam has shown tremendous potential with great times and will be a great addition to our cross country and distance corps next year.”

Green is a six-time letterwinner at Ephrata High and the defending state 2A champion in the 100m dash with a time of 10.91 seconds. He ran his personal-best time in the 100m of 10.77 to win the Central Washington Athletic Conference league title two weeks earlier. During his junior outdoor season, Green was also the state 2A runner-up in the 200m with a PR time of 21.60, runner-up in the 400m with a PR time of 48.41, and anchored the runner-up 4x100m relay (42.84). As a sophomore, Green was the state 200m champion and finished third in the 100m. Green competed in the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships with a ninth-place finish in the 200m and 10th place finish in the 100m in 2013, after a 17th-place finish in the100m in 2012. He competed in the 2013 Junior World Trials. Running for the Sewell Institute of Speed during the 2014 indoor season, Green was the runner-up in the 60m dash at the WSU Open (6.96). He also grabbed a sixth place in the 200m (21.97) and eighth place in the 100m at the Northern Arizona Invitational (8.98 prelims/7.12 final). Green lettered three times in football as a wide receiver/cornerback, and was a team captain in 2013.

“Jonnie Green is a very versatile athlete who will contribute to our sprints program in a lot of different ways,” Cougar sprints coach Ellannee Richardson said. “He is a very talented and competitive kid that has so much natural ability when it comes to running. He can run anything from the 60 to the 400 and he will be a reliable leg for us on both relays. Jonnie had an exciting junior year on the track and his 2014 indoor season has been even more impressive. With such a great start to his season already, I know he will have a very impressive outdoor season this spring."

Smith is a sprinter at Olympic High in Bremerton, Wash. He was the runner-up in the 100m at both the 2012 and 2013 state 2A Championships. In the 200m, Smith finished third at the 2013 state 2A meet, running a time of 21.60, equal to fellow WSU signee Jonnie Green, until when carried out to the thousandths of a second. Smith finished fourth in the 200m at the 2012 state meet. Smith grabbed second in the 200m and third in the 100m at the 2013 BorderDuel Classic. He also compete for the Kitsap Fliers Track Club and at the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships finished seventh in the 100m (PR 10.66w prelims/10.78 final) to earn All-America honors. He also finished 23rd in the 200m with a PR time of 21.77. He plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice at WSU.

“Zach Smith is the total package,” Richardson said. ”He’s a very serious athlete, a dedicated student, and a fierce competitor on the track. He had a solid junior year season and continued on to have an even bigger summer last year. Zach is one of the top returning sprinters in the state of Washington this year. Based on his high school progression, I'm confident that he will do really well with a longer collegiate season. I’m excited to watch his continued development at this level. He has all of the tools to be a very successful Pac-12 athlete and I know he will represent WSU’s sprint program well.”

Sam Levora has accumulated eight varsity letters as a distance runner at Sandpoint High in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was a four-time participant in the Idaho state 4A Cross Country Championships with 32nd and fifth place finishes as a freshman and sophomore, and back-to-back runner-up finishes as a junior and senior. Levora competed in the Nike Cross Northwest (NXN) Regional meets with 17th-place finishes in both 2012 and 2013. On the track,  Levora’s state 4A Championship meet performances in include third place finishes in both the 1600m and 3200m races as a sophomore, and runner-up finishes in 1600m and 3200m races as a junior. His lifetime-best 1600m time is 4:19.30, run at the 2013 Idaho 4A-5A Regional Championships and his 3200m PR of 9:32.24 was clocked at the 2013 Pasco Invitational. He plans to pursue a history major at WSU.

“We are really excited to have Sam run for the Cougs next fall,” Cougar cross country coach Tim Riley said. “I feel Sam will fit very well within our culture both athletically and academically and I feel is one of the most talented distance runners to recently come out of Idaho.”

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