July 11, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Six men have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Washington State University and compete for the Cougar Track & Field team, Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Friday. Sloan previously announced 15 signees in May.
The latest signed recruits for the Cougars include: D.J. Brown, pole vault, Bellingham, Wash.; John Cassleman, hurdles, Pullman, Wash.; Terry Alex Jones, long jump, Clovis, Calif.; Matt Knoff, distance, Pocatello, Idaho; Jarrell Nelson, sprinter, Bremerton, Wash.; and Drew Ulrick, throws, Spokane, Wash.
Brown is the 2003 Washington state 3A pole vault champion from Bellingham's Squalicum High. His personal-best in the pole vault is 16-feet which ranks 15th-best nationally this year.
Cassleman is a two-time state 2A champion in both the 200m and the 300m hurdles. This past spring he broke his own state 300m hurdles record by clocking in a time of 37.79 seconds, in spite of falling after the final hurdle. Cassleman ran a time of 37.51 en route to winning the intermediate hurdles at the Golden West Invite last month. His PR time is the sixth-best time in state history in this event, just behind recent Cougar All-American Eric Dudley's prep time of 37.46. Cassleman's PR times are 10.8 in the 100m, 22.38 in the 200m, 50.76 in the 400m, and 14.68 in the 110m hurdles. A graduate of Pullman High, John is the oldest son of former WSU women's track head coaches Jessica (1983-84) and Rob (1985-95) Cassleman.
Jones transfers to WSU after competing at College of the Sequoias and Fresno City College. This past spring Jones was the Northern California long jump champion and finished third in the state. His long jump PR is 25-6. He was named the conference and Northern California 2003 Male Field Athlete of the Year. He was named to the Dean's List as a freshman at Fresno City College with a 3.56 GPA. Jones was an outstanding defensive back and track participant at Buchanan High in Clovis, Calif.
Knoff is a three-time Idaho state cross country champion from Highland High in Pocatello. His running resume also shows state titles in the 1600m and 3200m. He joins five other state cross country champions in the Cougar distance recruiting class.
Nelson, a graduate of Olympic High in Bremerton, was the 2003 state 4A 200m champion and runner-up in the 100m dash. He also anchored the state champion 4x100m relay team. Nelson's PR in the 100m is 10.79 and in the 200m he's run a best of 21.79. He carried a prep GPA of 3.6.
Ulrick, a Mead High graduate, threw the discus 183-3 and set a regional record his senior season. He finished second at the state meet as the Mead boy's team was state 4A runners-up.
"We're very pleased to announce this new group of signees for the 2003-2004 track and field and cross country seasons," Sloan said. "The quality of the athletes who have committed to Washington State is very high. The quality I admire the most in our recruits is that most of them are champions. They are coming into a program which places an emphasis on championship competition. We feel they will fit well with our philosophy and look for great performances from them during the next two to four years."
WSU's earlier spring signees, their events and hometowns were: Brandon Brownell, decathlete, Olympia, Wash.; Geoff Casazza, distance, Reno, Nev.; Christopher Concha, distance, Reno, Nev.; Grace Coulter, distance, Bellingham, Wash.; Karen DeMartini, distance, Reno, Nev.; Kaylee Gardner, triple/long jumper, Bellingham, Wash.; Alex Grant, distance, Bellingham, Wash.; Andrew Jones, distance, Gillette, Wyo.; Barry Leavitt, hurdles, Benton City, Wash.; Kayle Peterson, distance, Port Orchard, Wash.; Brandi Probasco-Canda, 400m, Portland, Ore.; Kelly Ramirez, distance, Duvall, Wash.; Natalie Smith, distance, Bellingham, Wash.; Katie Troy, middle distance, Bellevue, Wash.; Kameko Wilson, 400m, Spanaway, Wash.