May. 2, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Cougar Track & Field Head Coach Rick Sloan has signed 13 high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to attend Washington State University and compete for the Cougar Track & Field team next year.
The student-athletes, their events, and their home towns are: Sam Ahlbeck, distance, Renton, Wash.; Vic Asher, throws, Vancouver, Wash.; Reny Follett, middle distance, Lewiston, Idaho; Matt Lamb, throws, Emmett, Idaho; Chase Mancuso, throws, Mukilteo, Wash.; Tiffany Maskulinski, pole vault, Elma, NY; Jasmine McCormack, throws, Arlington, Wash.; Clint Osborn, thrower from Lake Stevens, Wash.; Marisa Sandoval, distance, Los Alamos, NM; Jimmy Schofield, middle distance, Spanaway, Wash.; Dominic Smargiassi, distance, Auburn, Wash.; Devin Timpson, sprinter, Ocean Shores, Wash.; and Moreno Zapata, jumper, Lakewood, Wash.
"Overall, this is one of the strongest recruiting classes for the men's team we've had in some time," Sloan said. "We've added frontline performers and depth to the areas where we've been a little bit weak. The throws, and especially the shot put, was an area we needed to bolster and Coach Debra Farwell has gone out and gotten the top people out of the state of Washington and Idaho. We have signed some people that we feel have the potential to develop into Pac-10 and eventually national championship-type athletes. We're still working on a few top athletes and it looks like it's going to be one of the strongest classes in a number of years. They will help to make WSU competitive in the Pac-10 and nationally."
Tiffany Maskulinski, from Iroquois High, was the top girls' prep pole vaulter last year with a best mark of 13-feet, 6-inches. During the 2005 indoor season, Maskulinski cleared 13-5 1/4i, second-highest nationally. She is a Track and Field News High School All-American.
Moreno Zapata, from Curtis High, is the Washington state leader in the triple jump after soaring to a distance of 50-11 1/2w at the Pasco Invitational Meet. That mark is second-farthest for prep boys nationally this year. He placed third at the 2003 USATF National Junior Olympics and held the state's sophomore triple jump record at 48-0.
Four men and one woman are joining the Cougar throws squads. Matt Lamb, from Emmett High, is an all-state first team football tight end and defending Idaho state champion in the shot and discus. He set the state 4A meet record in the discus with a throw of 177-1, and is the state leader in the discus (186-0) and shot put (62-9) with his shot mark ranked third-best nationally. Lamb is chasing former Cougar All-American and Olympian Ian Waltz's Idaho prep throwing records. In addition to throwing, Lamb has run a 100m dash time of 10.61 this year.
Vic Asher, from Columbia River High, currently has the top shot put mark in the state of 60-8. He placed second in the shot put at the 2004 state 3A meet as a junior with a heave of 57-1. Clint Osborn III, from Lake Stevens High, is the 2005 state 4A heavy weight wrestling champion and ranked number two in the state shot put with a best toss of 59-11 1/2. Chase Mancuso, from Kamiak High, leads the state in the discus with a throw of 184-feet even. Jasmine McCormack, from Arlington High, finished second in the girls' javelin at the 2004 state 4A meet with a toss of 144-0, 16th-farthest nationally.
The WSU distance ranks will add a quartet of men and one woman to the young corps of Cougars. Sam Ahlbeck, from Lindbergh High, was the Washington state 3A cross country champion last fall and is currently one of the fastest seniors in the 3200m. He joins Cougar teammates Mike Heidt and Alex Grant who were also state 3A cross country champs.
Reny Follett, from Lewiston High, is one of the top quarter milers in Idaho with a PR of 48.93 in the 400m, in addition to producing times of 22.0 in the 200m and 1:55 in the 800m last season. Jimmy Schofield, from Bethel High, ran the second-fastest 800m time (1:53.70) in Washington as a junior at the Oregon vs. Washington High School All-Star Meet. He has also run the 400m in a time of 49.10 and attended the Junior Olympics as a quarter miler, qualifying for national meet. Cougar distance coach Jason Drake envisions success for both Follett and Schofield in collegiate 800m races.
Marisa Sandoval, from Los Alamos High, comes from a distinguished line of runners. Her father, Tony Sandoval, ran cross country and track at Stanford, was an alternate to the 1976 U.S. Olympic team, and won the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon, holding the American record in that event. Her sister, Magdalena, is currently on the University of Oregon track team and her brother Miguel is a member of the UC Davis Triathlon team. Marisa finished second in the New Mexico state cross country championships and her school were team champs ranked 13th nationally last fall. She competed at the Nike Team National Meet, placing 25th while the Los Alamos High team took sixth place.
Dominic Smarginssi, from Auburn High, is a two-time prep All-American and one of the top 1600m and 3200m runners in the state with PRs of 4:17.80 and 9:19.15 last year. He won the mile at the 2004 Oregon vs. Washington High School All-Star Meet.
Sprinter Devin Timpson, from North Beach High, was the 2004 state A champion in the 100m, 200m and 400m races as well as placed fourth in the triple jump, scoring 35 points for his team. He has PR times of 10.7, 22.33 and 49.04 as well as a triple jump PR of 45-1.
These spring signees join Catie Schuetzle, a long jump and triple jumper from Spokane's Shadle Park High, who signed with the Cougars last fall.