June 20, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Two-time state champion discus and shot put thrower Shannon Rance and distance runner Kurt Hicks have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Washington State University and compete for the track and field team during the 2000-2001 school year, Cougar coach Rick Sloan announced Tuesday.
Rance comes to WSU from Renton High School where she captured the state 3A discus and shot put titles the past two years. Her state championship throws at the 2000 meet were 145-10 in the discus and 45-6 3/4 in the shot. Rance contributed the majority of Renton's 29 points for seventh place as a team at the state meet. An honor roll student, Rance also was honored for her soccer skills. She will consider education and sports medicine as possible majors at WSU.
"A two-time state champion, Shannon really came on at the end of the season and started performing very well," Sloan said. "Watching her throw, we're excited because we think she is going to develop and be an outstanding thrower for the Cougars."
Hicks will enter WSU after a distance career at Glide High School, in Oregon. Hicks has earned all-district and all-state honors for his cross country racing. He claimed fifth and tenth places at the past two state cross country meets, and won the district championships in both the 1500m and 3000m this past spring. Hicks' best time in the 3k is 9:07.01.
"We're very happy to have Kurt join our program," Sloan said. "He comes to us as a runner who will help us in the cross country, the indoor and the outdoor track and field teams. He has great diversity in his running skills and will be a great addition to our distance running program."
Hicks and Rance join five previous WSU track signees from this spring: Erin Reed, a sprinter from Woodland Hills, Calif., Tamara Gulley, a sprinter/hurdler from San Jose, Calif., Karla McGee, a pole vaulter from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Blessing Ufodiama, a triple jumper from Long Beach, Calif., and Ana Cabrara, a distance specialist from Vancouver, Wash.
Five recruits signed NLIs to WSU last fall: sprinter Bree Skinner, from Pasco, sprinter J.K. Haines, from Redmond, sprinter Atia Weekes, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, middle distance runner Angelita Green from Long Beach, Calif., and Benson Jones, a long and triple jumper from Concord, Calif., currently enrolled at Diablo Valley Community.