PULLMAN, Wash. -- A trio of accomplished student-athletes from the state of Washington have joined the Washington State track and field/cross country programs for the 2014-15 season, Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Wayne Phipps announced Wednesday.
The signees include Kiana Davis, a hepathlete from Longview, Wash., Brock Eager, a hammer thrower from Renton, Wash., and Michael Williams, a distance runner from Richland, Wash.
Davis is a 2013 graduate from Kelso High School and comes to WSU as a sophomore transfer from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif. Davis was the 2013 Washington state 3A champion in the high jump (5-feet 6 inches), runner-up in the triple jump (38-5 1/2) and third place in the long jump (17-10 1/4). Her high school personal-best marks were 5-7 1/2 in the high jump, 18-8 in the long jump and 39-1 1/2 in the triple jump. As a freshman at Vanguard University, Davis broke the school indoor records in the triple jump (37-3 3/4i) and in the pentathlon (3,113 points). She earned two NAIA All-America awards for her fourth place triple jump (11.75m/38-6 3/4) and seventh place high jump (1.68m/5-6) finishes.
“I am very excited to have Kiana joining our program,” Cougar multis coach Matt McGee said. “I had the chance to watch her compete at a regional meet her junior year and was convinced then that we had to have her here at WSU, and I’m glad that after not having her join us directly out of high school she will now be with us. She’s incredibly gifted physically, and basically is the very definition of a natural athlete as new things just come easily for her. I’m also excited about her personality integrating with the rest of the group as I think she will be a very positive addition. Kiana shows a great amount of humility, as well as appreciation and excitement to compete in the crimson and gray.”
Eager is a June graduate of Tahoma High School where he won the state hammer championship as a senior after being the runner-up as a junior and placing seventh as a sophomore. In 2014 he took second place in the boys weight throw at the 2014 Simplot Games with a toss of 69-7 and won the high school hammer at the Oregon Relays (64.21m/210-7 3/4). Throwing for the SeaTown Express Track Club and coach Eric Metcalf, Eager won the 2014 USATF Junior Outdoor 12-pound hammer throw with a heave of 223-0. He is currently ranked second nationally in the 12-pound hammer with a throw of 231-0, and first his age group for the 16-pound hammer with a throw of 190-11.
“I am very excited to be adding Brock Eager to our throws squad at WSU,” throws coach Julie Taylor said. “Even though he is a very young freshman, with just turning 18, he has thrown at a very high level. Brock has already had a chance to compete with the collegiate implements a few times and has thrown distances that would qualify him for the NCAA first round and to be competitive in the Pac 12. With a big commitment to the weight room and hard work he will be a great asset to this team.”
Williams graduated from Richland High School in June. He grabbed a fourth place finish at the 2013 state 4A Cross Country Championships and in the spring finished third in the 3200m at the state meet with a PR time of 9 minutes, 8.28 seconds. His other PR times from his senior year included 8:32.28 in the 3000m for seventh place at the Oregon Relays, 4:04.47 in the 1500m for ninth at the Oregon Relays, and a 1600m time of 4:15.67 for 12th at the state meet.
“Michael has a great deal of potential and will be a very strong contributor for us in both cross country and track in the future,” Phipps said.