May 16, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Erin Reed, one of the top prep girls sprinters, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Washington State University and compete for the track and field team during the 2000-2001 season, Cougar coach Rick Sloan announced Tuesday.
Reed, from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., has already clocked in at 11.7 in the 100m dash, 24.20w in the 200m dash at the Mt. SAC Relays, and 55.30 in the 400m dash at Arcadia High School Invitational.
This is Reed's first year running the 400m dash, and her Arcadia time is ranked 15th nationally.
"After watching the 1999 California State Meet, Erin is the sprinter that we wanted the most," Cougar assistant coach Mark Macdonald said. "We have been recruiting her very hard since July. Our biggest recruiting opponent was the LA music industry. Erin is a very talented singer and her decision ultimately came down between singing professionally or going to college."
Needless to say, she will pursue a degree in music at WSU.
Reed joins four previous WSU track signees from this spring: 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.