March 1, 2012
PULLMAN -- Jesse Jorgensen, a Washington high school and junior college 800m champion and Dominique Keel, a sprinter from Oregon, have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and compete in track and field for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2012, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Thursday.
Jorgensen comes to WSU after a highly successful career running for Community Colleges of Spokane. Last spring he ran a personal-record 800m time of 1-minute, 49.88 seconds for second place at the Oregon Twilight meet. He went on to win the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) 800m title as SCC captured the team championship. Jorgensen graduated from Puyallup High in 2010 after earning a state championship and two top five finishes in the 800m at the state 4A championship meets. His prep personal-best time in the 800m was 1:51.58, run at the district meet his senior year. During the 2012 indoor season, Jorgensen won the 800m at the Vandal Collegiate meet in a time of 1:50.68.
"Jesse's been a proven winner at the high school and junior college level," Cougar Cross Country Head Coach Pete Julian said. "He brings a lot of natural foot speed which is required for the 800 meter run."
Keel is in her senior year at Westview High in Beaverton, Ore., where she has had an outstanding athletic career. She is a two-time state of Oregon 6A champion in the 200m with a wind-aided personal-best time of 24.58 seconds in 2011, and has also won a state title and been a runner-up in the 100m. As a sophomore Keel was named to the all-state track and field squad and named the state championships Athlete of the Meet. In addition to track at Westview, Keel played basketball and was named the defensive player of the year. Keel also competes on the Warrior Track Club for coach Jay Miles and in 2011 won the100m, 200m and 400m at the Junior Olympics state meet, won the 100m and 200m at the Junior Olympic regional meet, and at the JO national meet placed 10th in the 100m with a lifetime-best time of 12.04 seconds and 11th in the 200m. She was named the 2011 Oregon Region JO Athlete of the Year. Keel is active in church and school activities and excels in the classroom as well, garnering a Multnomah Scholar-Athlete Award for her 3.5 grade point average.
"Dominique is just the person we need to help build our sprints program at WSU," Cougar assistant coach Ellannee Richardson said. "Dominique has had a lot of success at the high school level. She had an exciting junior year on the track and her 2012 indoor season has been even more impressive. She has tons of potential in the short sprints and I'm excited to watch her continued development at this level. She has a very mature attitude towards school and track and we can't wait for her to join our program in the fall."
Jorgensen and Keel join previously announced Cougar track and field signees Kristine Felix, a pole vaulter from Wailuku, Hawai'i, and Mercedes Young, a sprinter from Country Club Hills, Ill.