May 16, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougar track and field teams have added an international high jumper, a highly talented junior college sprinter, a nationally-ranked high school javelin thrower, a multi-talented California prep competitor, and an accomplished distance runner as five more student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Washington State University in the 2007-08 season, Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Wednesday.
Incoming freshmen from this spring recruiting class includes Ebba Jungmark, a high jumper from Sweden, Marissa Tschida, a javelin thrower form Missoula, Mont., Trevor Habberstad, a decathlete from Canyon Country, Calif., and Amanda Andrews, a distance runner from Gig Harbor, Wash. Joining the Cougs from the junior college ranks is Ayodeji "Deji"Adebayo, a sprinter from Spokane, Wash.
Jungmark has cleared 6-feet, 3 1/2 inches (1.92m) in the high jump this spring in Sweden. She attended the same school, Frölunda gymnasiet, as current Cougar and Pac-10 steeplechase champion, Sara Trané.
"Ebba Jungmark is a high jumper who will come in and have a large and immediate impact on the Cougar program at both the Pac-10 level and the NCAA level," Sloan said. "She is a big-time jumper at 6-3 1/2 and a real threat to win national titles her very first year. That will add a lot of national strength to our team and we are excited to have her join the team."
Adebayo is a sprinter from Community Colleges of Spokane who is the defending Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) 100m dash champion and ran a PR time of 10.55 seconds for 10th place at the 2007 Mt. SAC Relays Invitational 100m dash. He also has a 200m PR time of 21.48 and runs on the SCC 4x100m relay team (41.47). The 2006 season was the first as a track athlete for Adebayo who played soccer at Rogers High.
"Deji Adebayo, coming from Community College of Spokane, competed in some of our meets and we thought that he was an extremely talented individual and our perception was correct. He has shown that during the outdoor season. He is a very powerful, big strong sprinter, much like Jaycee Robertson. Deji is coming to us as an already accomplished sprinter and we are excited about the development of his talents and becoming a Pac-10 and national guy who will help fill into our sprint corps and he's also an outstanding relay runner too."
Tschida is an all-state basketball player and three-time state javelin champion from Loyola Sacred Heart High. This season she has thrown the javelin a PR distance of 158-feet, 5 inches, the fourth-best girls' prep mark in the nation this spring. Tschida's throw broke her own District 7-B javelin record, set in 2005, by more than 10 feet. She also runs on the 4x400m relay team which has won the past two state titles.
"We recognize in Marissa Tschida an outstanding thrower in spite of having a few injury problems to start this year and hasn't been able to throw much," Sloan said. "But now, toward the end of the season, she's getting into it in a big way. She's thrown 158-5, fourth nationally in the javelin. She is a terrific athlete and a great thrower and I think she's going to do great things at Washington State."
Habberstad, from Canyon High, is a multi-talented athlete who will become a decathlete. He ran a Foothill League 110m hurdles record time of 14.02w seconds this season and his PR marks include: 100m (10.8), 200m (22.1), 400m (49.3), 300m hurdles (school record time of 37.61), high jump (6-0), pole vault (12-6), long jump (21-10), and runs on both relays (42.86/3:24.50). Canyon High's boys track teams have won the past six conference titles with 42 consecutive dual meet wins dating back to 2001.
"Trevor Habberstad is a young man who reminds me a lot of former Cougar decathlete Steve Dwyer," Sloan said. "He is an outstanding hurdler and one of the top hurdlers in California in both the highs and intermediates. He is a very athletic and talented young man. I am looking forward to working with Trevor and developing his skills as a decathlete. He has good speed and good hurdling ability, he can run the distances well and we will work on his throwing events, where he does have much experience. And I think he has the physical ability to be a real good jumper as well. Along with Kyle Schauble (current Cougar freshman), both will be outstanding decathletes for the Cougars in the future."
Andrews is distance runner from Gig Harbor High, and was on the two-time state 4A cross country championship team. The Tides girls' cross country also reached seventh and second place finishes at the past two Nike Team Nationals meets. Andrews finished in the top 25 at the past two Border Clash cross country meets. She is a 2007 Student of Distinction at Gig Harbor High.
"Amanda Andrews is going to be a great addition to our distance running from cross country to indoor and outdoor track. We feel she has a lot of potential to develop and we are looking forward to her being a Cougar runner and watching her develop throughout her career here at Washington State," Sloan said.
These recruits join three prep track and field signees from last fall: Maria Creech, a 5-8 high jumper from Durango, Colo.; Alexa Huestis, a 12-0 pole vaulter from Chehalis, Wash.; and Angela Jensen, a multi-events participant from Tacoma, Wash., with PRs of 12.24 in the 100m dash, 14.09 in the 100m hurdles, and 44.17 in the 300m hurdles.