June 17, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Two accomplished throwers and a decathlete have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and compete for the Washington State University track and field teams, Cougars track and field head coach Rick Sloan announced Tuesday.
Joe Bartlett, a discus and shot put thrower from Reno, Nev., Lynnea Braun, a javelin thrower from Yakima, Wash., and Sean Harris, a multi-events competitor from Kent, Wash.
Bartlett, a 2008 graduate of Bishop Manogue High in Reno, is an eight-time letterwinner, having competed in football and wrestling in addition to track for the Miners. Bartlett is a three-time state shot put championship and a two-time state discus champion. His lifetime-best mark in the shot put is 61-feet, 3 inches and his PR in the discus is 199-feet, 8 inches. Bartlett also competed with the Reno-Tahoe Athletics Track Club for coach Jeff Weitzmen, and was the national champion in both the shot and the discus and earned AAU All-American honors in both events.
"Joe is going to be a wonderful addition to our throws program. He is physically mature and very strong," Associate Coach and WSU throws Coach Debra Farwell said. "It is really nice to have a quality thrower that can do both shot and discus well. He is very interested and excited to learn the hammer and that is something that we will work on in the fall. I expect him to step up and help us his first year as a Cougar. Talented athletes like Joe only come around every few years, much like Matt Lamb and Olympian Ian Waltz. I am really excited to start working with Joe and watch him develop."
Braun, a 2005 graduate of West Valley high of Yakima, earned her AA degree from Community Colleges of Spokane. She was the state 3A javelin champion while at West Valley High throwing 140-3. She began her post-prep career by playing volleyball at North Idaho College for two seasons, including as the starting libero on the team that placed fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships. Braun transferred to CCS and threw the javelin a PR of 164-11 (50.28m) to win the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC).
"Lynnea brings collegiate experience to our program and will add her talent to an already very talented women's javelin crew," Coach Farwell said. "She was a very highly-recruited young lady and I feel very fortunate that she chose Washington State University as her new home. Lynnea has a tremendous work ethic and will provide excellent leadership to the large group of incoming freshmen next year. She will be valuable at both the Pac-10 and the NCAA level and we are very excited to have her in our program."
Harris graduated from Kent-Meridian High where he earned nine varsity letters: four in track as a hurdler and thrower for former Cougar competitor Ernie Ammons, three in football as a wide receiver where he was an all-league selection as a senior, and two as a forward on the basketball team. He was the South Puget Sound League and district champion in the 110m hurdles this year, and was the runner-up at the 2007 and 2008 state 4A championship meets. Harris ran a 2008 state time of 14.43 seconds. He also holds the school record in the high hurdles and the decathlon.
"We saw in Sean Harris a big, strong-looking athlete and an outstanding hurdler," Cougars Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "He's run 14.40 this year. He's had good success in the 16-pound shot put, throwing 40-feet, and he's high jumped six-feet. I think we have a good hurdler in Sean but, with his athleticism and how powerful he is, I think we might have a decathlete as well and that is the direction we are going to go."
Bartlett, Braun and Harris join 19 previously signed recruits for the 2008-09 Washington State University track and field teams. Below are their names and their most recent accomplishments:
Joe Abbott, a middle distance runner from Reno, Nev. - Won state 800m (1:50.78)
Anna Albrecht, a thrower from Pullman, Wash. - Won 2A state shot put with meet record of 45-0 1/2
Brianna Atkins, a 400m runner from Claremont, Calif.
Brianne Brown, a 400m runner from Shadle Park High, Spokane, Wash. - At 4A state meet, 8th in 400m (58.02), ran 2nd leg on winning 1600m relay
Morgan Clem, a hurdler from East Wenatchee, Wash. - Won 3A state 100m (11.90) and 300m hurdles (43.10)
Brittnay Crabb, a nationally-ranked hurdler from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - Cal state meet runner-up in 300m hurdles (41.82), ranked 5th nationally
Michelly Foley, a distance runner from Crook County High, Prineville, Ore. - 5A state champ in 3k (10:04.97), 2nd in 1500m (4:43.72)
Ezra John Griffey, a sprinter from Decatur High, Federal Way, Wash.
Jacki Hill, a sprinter from Bremerton, Wash. - At 3A state meet 3rd in 400m (57.40) and 9th in 200m
Jerroid "J" Hopkins, a hurdler and sprinter from Everett High, Everett, Wash. - Won 3A state 300m hurdles (37.68), 2nd in 110m hurdles (14.50), ran lead leg of 2nd place 400m relay
Ashley Kenney, a discus thrower from Spokane Valley, Wash. - Won the 2A state discus with meet record of 146-11, breaking Cougar teammate Anna Albrecht's 2007 state record of 145-6
Courtney Kirkwood, a heptathlete from Othello, Wash. - Won 2A state javelin (151-0) and 110m hurdles (14.79), 4th in long jump (16-3 1/4), 9th in 200m (26.64); broke the national heptathlon javelin record with throw of 154-10, scored 4480 points to win 2008 state heptathlon title
Jono Lafler, a distance runner from Tahoma High, Maple Valley, Wash. - At 4A state meet 2nd in 3200m (9:18.61)
Alex Ringe, a middle distance runner from Hermiston, Ore.
Chris Selvar, an 800m runner from Kentwood High, Kent, Wash.
Mietra Smollack, a distance runner from Oak Harbor, Wash. - Won 4A state meet 1600m (4:56.44), 2nd in 800m (2:13.15 in prelims)
Shawn Swartz, a high jumper from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia - Competing in Canadian Juniors Meet
Ross VanZanten, a high jumper from Mark Morris High, Longview, Wash. - At 2A state meet, 3rd in high jump (6-6)
Jessica Yates, a triple jumper from Snohomish, Wash. - At 4A state meet 2nd in triple jump (38-8 3/4), 4th in long jump (18-3)
The following is a partial list of student-athletes who have been accepted at Washington State University and will join the track and field teams:
Annie Barnett, a thrower from Burlington-Edison High, Burlington, Wash.
Jennifer Hamilton, a thrower from Mark Morris High, Longview, Wash. - PRs in javelin of 145 and shot put of 41-4
Kjirsten Jensen, a thrower from Arlington High, Arlington, Wash. - state 3A discus champion (133-3), 2nd in shot put (PR of 42-0 1/2)
Conner Larned, a thrower from Enumclaw High, Enumclaw, Wash. - 3A state discus champion, threw discus PR of 183-5 at Brooks Washington/Oregon Meet of Champions, shot put PR is 54-9 3/4
Wes Nolan, a thrower from University High, Spokane Valley, Wash. - runner-up in javelin at state 4A meet with throw of 206-11