June 8, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Candice McFarland, the 2011 Nevada state high and low hurdles champion, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and compete in track and field for Washington State University starting this fall, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Wednesday.
McFarland, competing for Legacy High School in Las Vegas, won the Nevada state 4A championships 300m hurdles title last month, in a photo finish, with a meet record time of 42.67 seconds, won the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.35 seconds, and ran a come-from-behind anchor leg of the winning 4x100m relay in a time of 48.78. Earlier this spring, McFarland won the 300m hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays in 42.48 seconds, and at the same meet was runner-up in the high school 100m hurdles with a lifetime-best time of 14.10 seconds. Her personal-best 300m hurdles time of 42.46 seconds was run at the Sunrise-Sunset Regional meet prior to the state championships.
As a sophomore, McFarland also won the state 100m hurdles championship in 2009 (14.79) and placed second in the 300m hurdles (44.89) while running for Arbor View High School of Las Vegas. Prior to her junior year, she moved and began attending Legacy High School and did not compete during the 2010 prep season. McFarland, running in the summer of 2010 for the Vegas Valley Track Club, competed at the USATF National Junior Olympics where she ran the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.66 seconds.
"Candice will be a great hurdler for Washington State and will have an immediate impact on the program," Cougar hurdles coach Mark Macdonald said. "She likes the high hurdles a little better right now but her future in the NCAA and in international competition will be the intermediate hurdles. She has the most potential and the ability to excel in the 400m hurdles that I have ever seen in my coaching career. I have referred to her as the female Jeshua Anderson. When I watched her race in Las Vegas, she displayed the most talent I've ever seen, by far. When I met her, she was very personable; she talked about her competitiveness, how much she liked and respected her teammates, and she showed she is a complete package. She's been coached by her father for most of her career and he saw that she was coming to a school that produced a national champion and future Olympian."
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McFarland joins previously announced signees:
Anna Adamko, a thrower from Vancouver, Wash. Edward "PJ" Benedictus, a triple jumper from Renton, Wash. Michael Bolligar, a decathlete from Phoenix Jenna Crain, pole vaulter, Kent, Wash. Katie Fleischer, a distance runner from Ontario, Canada Omunique Thomas, a sprinter from Rialto, Calif. Heidi Turner, a distance runner from Bozeman, Mont. Matt Wardell, a shot putter from Post Falls, Idaho