Cross-Country Signs Nation's No. 1 Prep Runner

Nov. 27, 2001

SEATTLE - Defending Washington state 3200-meter champion Alison Tubbs of Enumclaw, Wash., signed a letter of intent last week to compete for the University of Washington in cross-country and track and field.

The Enumclaw High School senior has led all prep runners nationally at 5,000 meters in cross-country for the past two seasons, including a personal-best time of 16:44.81 in 2000 that was the seventh-fastest time in U.S. history by a high-school runner, according to Track and Field News. This season, she continued to dominate with a nation's-best time of 16:55 in a victory at the Great America Cross Country Invitational in Greensboro, N.C.

Tubbs will also compete on the track for Washington, where she ranks second nationally in the 3,200-meter run after setting a Washington state meet record with a mark of 10:11.94 in 2001 Additionally, she has posted a personal best of 4:54:41 in the mile run, doing so in a second-place finish at this year's state meet.

Tubbs is the only high-school senior to sign with Washington during the early signing period, which concluded Nov. 21. The regular signing period begins in April.

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