Dec. 9, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Christine Kirkwood, one of the 2011 girls high school javelin national leaders, will attend and compete in track and field for Washington State University starting in January 2012, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Friday.
Kirkwood, a 2011 graduate of Othello High School in Othello, Wash., threw the javelin 173-feet, 9 inches to win the 2A District championship last May. That distance was the national prep girls' leading distance at the time and a state of Washington record. She won the state 2A javelin title three consecutive years and was a high school All-American. In addition to track and field, Kirkwood also lettered in basketball and volleyball. She was the class of 2011 valedictorian at Othello High and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. She is transferring from the Air Force Academy.
"Christine will have an immediate impact in our program both at the Pac-12 and at the NCAA level," Cougar Associate Head Coach and throws coach Debra Farwell said. "She adds more strength to our women's javelin crew right now, helping fill the void left by the graduation of Marissa Tschida. I have known her and her family for a long time and she is a quality student and athlete who will help our program out tremendously."
Kirkwood's sister, Courtney Kirkwood Simmons, is a two-time All-American javelin thrower at WSU where has the second-best mark in school history. Courtney is currently a senior and the Cougar women's team captain for 2012. Another sister, Cody, graduated from WSU in 2006 as did her father, Don. An older brother, Greg, played football at the Air Force Academy.
The WSU track and field competitive season begins Jan. 13 and 14, 2012, at the WSU Indoor Open at the Indoor Facility in Pullman.