June 17, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Four outstanding high school student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2009, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Monday.
The two prep women to most recently sign are Shawna Fermin, a quartermiler and long jumper from Silverado High in Victorville, Calif., and Shaquana Logan, a hurdler from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. The two men joining the Cougars include Stephan Scott-Ellis, a triple jumper and long jumper from Curtis High in Tacoma, and Dana Wells, an intermediate hurdler from Riverside Christian High in Yakima, Wash.
Shawna Fermin is a four-year letterwinner in track and field who was the first track athlete in school history to compete at the state championship. Fermin ran a 400m dash time of 55.16 seconds for fifth place at the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation state championships. She long jumped 18-feet 9 1/4 inches at the 2009 Arcadia Invite. Her senior season PRs in the 400m and long jump were Desert Sky League records while her Silverado High 4x400m relay team won three league titles and broke the league record with a time of 3:59. She also has personal-best times of 11.92 in the 100m dash, 24.8 in the 200m dash and 37-5 in the triple jump. Fermin was named the Female Athlete of the Year at her high school and has been on the school honor role every semester of high school.
"We are very excited to sign Shawna Fermin. She is a team player, great student, very dedicated and motivated athlete who has tons of potential in her event areas," WSU Assistant Coach Ellannee Richardson said. "It is rare to find a 400m runner/long jumper in one athlete but Shawna will bring us this combination. She can contribute to our success in a number of different ways in the field, in the open 400m and potentially on both relays. Her high school coach, Patrick Brannon, speaks very highly of Shawna and after recruiting her and meeting her family, I completely understand why. With her great attitude, she will have much continued success here at WSU."
Shaquana Logan won the 2009 Washington state 4A 100m hurdles title with a PR time of 14.19w, and placed second in the 300m hurdles (43.42). She also ran on the 2009 state 4A champion 4x100m relay (47.40) and 4x200m relay (1:40.23) squads as the Bellarmine Prep girls team won the state title. Logan won the state 100m and 300m hurdles titles in 2007 and was the runner-up in both events at the 2008 state meet. Her 300m hurdles PR time is 43.30. She is a member of the Striders Track Club and finished sixth in the 400m hurdles at the 2008 Junior Olympics National meet.
"I have been excited about Shaquana Logan since I first saw her run as a sophomore and it's great to have her finally officially commit to be a Cougar," WSU Assistant Coach Mark Macdonald said. "She is such a talented athlete that we will also pursue the heptathlon. She has the quiet confidence and focus that reminds me of WSU legend Ellannee Richardson."
Stephan Scott-Ellis is a 2008 Curtis High graduate and has competed the past year as an unattached athlete, including triple jumping a PR distance of 50-5 1/4 (15.37m) to finish second in the men's invitational section at the 2009 Stanford Invite meet. He was the Washington state 4A triple jump champion at the 2008 meet and won both the triple jump and long jump at the 2008 Brooks Washington-Oregon Meet of Champions. He has a long jump PR of 23-10. Scott-Ellis was a two-time USATF Regional triple jump champion and national Junior Olympics qualifier as a member of the Flying AJ's Track Club, coached by Nate Wilford and where former Cougar triple jumpers Sarah Burns and Moreno Zapata were members. Scott-Ellis' grandfather, Joe Ellis, was an outstanding basketball player for the University of San Francisco and played with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. Kevin Ellis, Stephan's father, also played basketball at USF and played professionally in Europe.
"Stephan is without question the most physically talented in-state jumper in recent years," Cougar Assistant Coach Matt McGee said. "He has a very unique combination of both excellent speed and size and has a tremendous potential for growth athletically. He has been very well-coached at Curtis High from a mechanical standpoint by jumps coach Nate Wilford and comes in with a very good understanding of the horizontal jumps. His triple jump is just beginning to scratch the surface of his ability in the event as he has not even started tapping into strength and power development. He has all of the physical tools necessary to become an NCAA All-American level jumper in the very near future."
Dana Wells ran both cross country and track at Riverside Christian and won Washington state 2B championships in the 110m hurdles, 300m hurdles 4x100m relay, finished second in the 100m dash and led the Crusader boys to the third consecutive team track and field title. He was a two-time Mid Valley League Track Athlete of the Year and was twice nominated for the Yakima Valley Track Athlete of the Year which was awarded in 2009 to his future WSU teammate, Brett Blanshan (Selah). His PR marks include: 11.06 (100m), 22.41 (200m), 14.85 (110m hurdles), 38.39 (300m hurdles), 4x100m relay (43.89), long jump (21-6), and high jump (6-2). Wells was coached in high school by his father, Scott Wells, an intermediate hurdler at Washington in the early 1980s.
"I am very excited that Dana Wells will be a Cougar because he has all the tools to be the next great WSU 400m hurdler," WSU hurdles coach Macdonald said. "He is fast, strong, smart and tough. I know Dana very well as a longtime Cougar summer track camper. Dana has been coach by one of the top sprint hurdle coaches in the state so he will come in more track mature than most freshmen. I think it's possible that Dana can join Jeshua Anderson, J Hopkins and Trevor Habberstad in the Pac-10 400m hurdles final in 2010."
These four student-athletes join nine Cougar track and field signees announced earlier this spring:
Alyssa Andrews, distance runner from Gig Harbor, Wash. - State 4A cross country champion, did not compete during spring track
Caroline Austin, distance runner from Chehalis, Wash. - At state 2A 800m took 5th (prelim time of 2:15.89), 7th in 1600m (5:16.57), and on relay teams - 4x400m (5th, 4:08.74) and 4x200m (6th, 1:48.54)
Brett Blanshan, sprinter from Selah, Wash. - Set state 2A meet record in 100m dash with prelim time of 10.67 (won final in 10.60w), won 200m in 21.70w, 4x100m relay champions (43.47), Named Yakima Valley Male Track Athlete of the Year
Andrew Gonzalez, distance runner Kennewick, Wash. - Ran PR in 3200m of 9:10.59; 4th at state 4A meet in 3200m (9:13.48)
Andrew Kimpel, distance runner from Spokane, Wash. - At state 3A meet, won 3200m (9:08.39), 3rd in 1600m (4:15.62); lowered PR at 3A Regional meet to 4:14.20 in 1600m, and at Shoreline in 3200m of 9:04.82
Holly Parent, high jumper from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - PR high jump of 5-10 3/4 (1.80m)
Christine Rice, high jumper from Ridgefield, Wash. - Won state 4A high jump clearing 5-feet, 10 inches
Cindy Robinson, sprinter from Norwalk, Calif. - Lifetime best times of 11.96 in 100m and 24.32w in 200m
Courtney Zalud, middle distance runner from Colbert, Wash. - At state 3A meet, 3rd in 800m (2:16.67), 12th in 1600m, 4x400m relay 6th