Four Newcomers Join WSU Track and Field Team

Aug. 16, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - A decathlete, a javelin thrower and two pole vaulters will compete for Washington State University track and field for the 2006-07 school year, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Wednesday.

Rickey Moody, Jr., a decathlete from Puyallup, Wash., and Nathan Bache, a javelin thrower from Plains, Mont., join pole vaulters Josh Winters, from Bothell, Wash., and Kendall Mays, from Spokane, Wash., on the WSU track team.

Moody, a 2003 graduate of Spanaway Lake High and December 2005 graduate of Highline Community College, transfers from Cal State Northridge where he was a redshirt last spring. While at HCC, Moody was the Northwest Athletics Association of Community Colleges 2004 long jump champion and scored a total of 29 points in six events contributing to HCC's team title. He won the NWAACC decathlon title in 2005, and scored a total of 50 points in nine events as HCC repeated as team champions. Moody holds the HCC long jump record of 24-feet, 7 1/2 inches. He also competed for the Flying AJs Track Club and coach Nathan Wilford at the 2003 USATF Regional meet, winning the young men's long jump (22-11 3/4) and competed at the national meet in both the long jump and triple jump.

Bache has a personal-record javelin throw of 213-feet, 4 inches, thrown as a junior at Plains High School in western Montana and comes to WSU as a freshman. He has been among the national prep javelin leaders the past two seasons.

Josh Winters, a 2006 graduate of Bothell High School, has a personal-best pole vault clearance of 15-feet, 9 inches. He finished second in the state 4A championships as a senior after a fourth-place finish his junior season. His father, John Winters, competed for the Cougars as a pole vaulter in 1976.

Mays is a 2006 honors graduate from North Central High School. She owns a personal-best pole vault clearance of 12-feet, which is the Greater Spokane League record height. She finished second in the state 3A championships as a senior as her Indians' track team won the state title. As a junior, Mays was the state runner-up in the pole vault as North Central finished second in the 3A team standings. She was a member of the Greater Spokane Track Club where former Cougar pole vaulter Lex Katich is her coach.

'With the addition of these four athletes, three on the men's team and one on the women's team, I think our squads are strengthen in a number of different ways,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said.

'Rickey Moody is a decathlete who has the potential to develop and be an NCAA competitor for us as well as compete and score in both the decathlon and long jump at the Pac-10 level. He brings a lot of skill and talent to championship competition.

'Nathan Bache has been one of the leading throwers in the country the past two years and I think getting into a highly competitive program, like we have in the Pac-10, will be a benefit to him and bring him along as he adjusts to the college javelin.

'Josh Winters has shown great potential as a pole vaulter. He is a second generation and I coached his father at WSU. Josh has shown he has the skill and potential to be an outstanding pole vaulter for the Cougars.

'Kendall Mays is somebody we came across a little bit later in our recruiting. She has the physical tools to be a great pole vaulter for WSU. Lex Katich, a former Cougar pole vaulter has done a terrific job of teaching her the fundamental skills of pole vaulting and we need to take it to the next level at Washington State.'

Washington State University begins classes Aug. 21, 2006, and fall conditioning for the Cougar track and field teams begins Aug. 28.

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