Nov. 19, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Quartermiler Ryan Barrett, from Graham, Wash., and shot putter Jacob Weintraub, from Redondo Beach, Calif., have signed Financial Aid Agreements to attend and compete for Washington State University starting in the spring of 2010, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Thursday.
Barrett is a 2007 graduate of Graham Kapowsin High where he played football, basketball and was the Washington state 4A champion in the 400m dash (48.67 seconds). He also ran on the 4x400m relay title team and took first in the 400m at the Brooks Washington/Oregon Meet of Champions. Barrett was named to the South Puget Sound League honorable mention football team as a safety/wide receiver, named offensive player of the year as a guard in basketball, and tabbed SPSL South Athlete of the Year in Track. He was also named Graham Kapowsin Athlete of the Year. Barrett is completing his AA degree at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. He was coached at Clark by former Cougar All-American John Cassleman. Barrett won a total of seven All-American honors during his two seasons and was named the team's MVP twice. He plans to major in construction management at WSU.
"Ryan is going to be a great addition to our program," Sloan said. "We are looking to build strength in our 4x400m relay. We already have some great legs, maybe need one more leg and he might be the guy to fill that position. He is another person to run with Reny Follett in the 400m and also provide depth in the relay. I'm anxious to get him into our system of training and watch him improve. I think being coached by John Cassleman will benefit Ryan in that it will not be a major adjustment to come into our program."
Weintraub graduated from Redondo Union High in 2007 after earning seven varsity letters in football, basketball, wrestling and track. While in high school he heaved the shot put a record 56-feet, 1-inch, won the Bay League title, and took second place at the CIF Div. II Championships. He is completing his AA degree at El Camino College where he has been the state junior college runner-up in the shot put for the past two seasons. Weintraub has throw the shot 57-2 1/4 (17.43m) at El Camino which if second-best all-time in school records and his thrown the discus 158-5 (48.30m) which is fifth-best all-time at El Camino. He was a 2009 All-American in the shot put. Weintraub plans to major in broadcast communication at WSU.
"Jacob is a guy that we almost came across by accident. Shot putters are hard to find in the recruiting process," Sloan said. "With Jacob's success and the improvement that he's shown recently from high school and through junior college, I think he can still have great gains from a strength standpoint. He is a big guy and has thrown the shot well. Along with Joe Bartlett, we can have a strong one-two punch throughout the season and at championship time. Jacob is a welcome addition to our team and someone who is going to contribute right away to our team's success."
The Cougars open the indoor season with the WSU Indoor Open Meet January 15-16, 2010, at the WSU Indoor Track Facility.