July 12, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Zoë Moller, a Washington state high school long and triple jump champion, and Lauran Johnson, a California junior college state medalist in the long, triple and high jumps, have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and compete in track and field for Washington State University starting this fall, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Tuesday.
Moller graduated from Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., last month. She won five individual state 2A championships and two state titles as a member of a relay team. Moller captured three consecutive long jump championships with a meet record leap of 19-feet, 3 1/2 inches in 2011, after reaching a personal-best distance of 19-5 1/2 twice; for second place at Golden West Invitational and for eighth place at the USATF Junior National meet in Eugene. She also won back-to-back state meet triple jump crowns and was named her school's Jumper of the Year four consecutive years. In addition to jumping, she anchored the winning 4x200m relay squad as a junior and senior that ran a 2A state meet record time of 1-minute, 44.21 seconds this past May, leading her Sehome girls to the state team championship. Moller also was tabbed the 2011 Whatcom County Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year by the Bellingham Herald. She graduated with a 3.63 grade point average and received an Outstanding Student Award for scoring in the top 10% of combined SAT and ACT exams.
"I'm very excited to have Zoe joining us next season," Cougar jumps coach Matt McGee said. "She had a great senior season winning multiple state titles and setting many records. While her long jump is more accomplished at this point, I believe that she has the ability to be a very good triple jumper as well. Coach Nic Castona at Sehome did a great job with teaching Zoe proper mechanics which will allow her transition to the Pac-12 very well. She's truly a great person and fits with our current group of jumpers very well."
Johnson graduated from Vallejo High School in 2008 after earning nine letters as an outstanding student-athlete competing in volleyball, basketball and track. She comes to Washington State after completing her AA degree in May 2011 at Laney College in Oakland, Calif. Johnson, who competed in basketball and track at San Joaquin Delta as a freshman, accumulated California state junior college meet finishes of second in long jump (18-9) and third in both the high jump (PR 5-7 1/4) and triple jump (PR 39-0 1/2). Her top long jump was 19-2 3/4 came last spring. Johnson was selected Laney College women's field MVP for 2011 season. She brings a 3.4 collegiate grade point average and plans to major in communication at WSU.
"Lauran is a very exciting prospect because of her great natural talent and versatility," McGee said. "At Laney College she was fortunate to work with an outstanding coach in Curtis Taylor, and she is without question ready to contribute at the Pac-12 level immediately. She placed in the top three at the California JC state meet this season in three events. It is not out of the question that she can score at the Pac-12 meet in the long, triple, and high jumps. Lauran was very fun to have on campus for her visit and we are adding a very energetic and positive presence to our group."
"With the addition of these Zoe and Lauran, our already strong women's jumps group has the talent to be the best we've had in many years," McGee said.
Moller and Johnson join previously announced WSU track and field 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.
Holly DeHart, sprinter, Kent, Wash.
Katie Fleischer, a distance runner from Ontario, Canada
Candice McFarland, a hurdler from Las Vegas, Nev.
Omunique Thomas, a sprinter from Rialto, Calif.
Heidi Turner, a distance runner from Bozeman, Mont.
Matt Wardell, a shot putter from Post Falls, Idaho