Nov. 20, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Three outstanding high school track and field women student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Washington State University in the 2007-08 season, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Monday.
The signed recruits are Maria Creech, a high jumper from Durango, Colo., Alexa Huestis, a pole vaulter from Chehalis, Wash., and Angela Jensen, a multi-events participant from Tacoma, Wash.
Jensen is a senior at Fife High where she played volleyball and basketball in addition to competing in track and field. She has personal best times of 11.9 seconds in the 100m, 25.4 in the 200m, 14.09 in the 100m hurdles, 44.17 in the 300m hurdles, as well as marks of 5-feet, 4 inches in the high jump and 15-7 1/2 in the long jump. Jensen was the 2006 state 3A champion in both the 100m dash and 300m hurdles, and took second place in the 100m hurdles.
"We're excited about the addition of Angela Jenson to our track and field program," Sloan said. "She is an outstanding hurdler and sprinter and we are anticipating her attempting the heptathlon. I think she has the ability and potential in a variety of events so I think she will give us a lot of depth and strength in various areas."
Creech, a senior at Durango High, cleared 5-8 in the high jump at the Colorado Class 5A state track meet last spring, for second place. Creech is also a volleyball player, having earned second team all-Southwestern League honors this year as the Demons won the league title and finished in a tie for third at the state championships.
"With Maria I think we have someone who is going to develop into a fine high jumper," Sloan said. "Her mark of 5-8 is already outstanding for a junior and she showed significant improvement from her sophomore to her junior year. We are looking for that improvement to continue as a senior this year and then coming into our program hopefully she can become a Pac-10 and NCAA-type high jumper for us."
Huestis is a senior at W.F. West High, where she cleared 12-feet in the pole vault as a junior. Huestis cleared finished third in the pole vault (11-9) at the 2006 state 3A championship meet behind current Cougar vaulter, Kendall Mays.
"Alexa will be a strong addition to our program in the pole vault," Sloan said. "Her best mark as a junior is 12-feet and I think she has shown the skills on the runway and on the pole to become an outstanding pole vaulter. Her gymnastics background serves her well. Probably the best thing we have seen is about her vaulting is that she is very good on the runway. I'm thinking that she will continue to develop as a senior this year and then come and do great things for the Cougars."
Washington State will begin indoor track competition at the WSU Open meet, Jan. 19-20, at the WSU Indoor Facility.