June 3, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Idaho State shot put champion Matt Wardell has signed National Letter of Intent to attend and compete in track and field for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2011, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Friday.
Wardell is a 2011 graduate of Post Falls High School in Post Falls, Idaho. He earned three varsity letters as a tackle on the Trojans' football team and was named to the 2010 All-North Idaho football team. He also earned two varsity letters as a heavyweight wrestler. Wardell won the 2011 Idaho state 5A shot put title with a personal-record heave of 59-feet, 2 inches. He has thrown the discus a distance of 164-4. Wardell earned Scholar-Athlete honors all four years of high school and graduated with a 3.5 grade point average.
"Matt Wardell comes from Post Falls High School which is where Cougar All-American and Olympian Ian Waltz went to school," Cougar throws coach Debra Farwell said. "Matt is physically very mature and I think he will adapt to the 16-pound shot very well and quickly. He will learn the hammer and work with the discus too but his main event will be the shot put. He is an excellent student and has great family support. His parents understand the significance of coming to a big time Division I athletics program and Matt is interested in WSU's outstanding pharmacy program."
Wardell joins previously announced signees:
Anna Adamko, a thrower from Vancouver, Wash. Edward "PJ" Benedictus, a triple jumper from Renton, Wash. Michael Bolligar, a decathlete from Phoenix Jenna Crain, pole vaulter, Kent, Wash. Katie Fleischer, a distance runner from Ontario, Canada Omunique Thomas, a sprinter from Rialto, Calif. Heidi Turner, a distance runner from Bozeman, Mont.