June 22, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Holly DeHart, the 2011 Washington 100m and 200m state 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.
DeHart, a recent graduate from Kentwood High School, was a four-year track letterwinner for the Conquerors. She has accumulated five 4A state championships including four her senior year: 100m dash with a personal-record time of 11.97 seconds, the 200m dash with a PR time of 24.29, the 4x100m relay (48.22), and the 4x200m relay (1:4.60). DeHart also won the 200m dash at the 2010 state meet (25.35). The Kentwood girls' team was undefeated in 2011 and won the state team title after winning back-to-back South Puget Sound League championships. DeHart also runs for the Flying AJs Track Club and coach Nate Wilford.
"It's exciting to sign the best sprinter in the state of Washington. We were blown away with the things that Holly did at the state meet this year: four state titles is a very big deal!" Cougar sprint/relay coach Ellannee Richardson said. "Holly is a very versatile athlete. Although she ran very fast in the 100 and 200 this year, I think the open 400 may be her best event on the track. She has great range as a sprinter so she can help us in so many places between relays and open events. During the recruiting process I could tell that Holly is very serious about the sport and her training. Her work ethic and dedication are going to take her very far in this program and it will not take her very long to make a name for herself at Washington State University."
DeHart 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
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