Three More Prep Stars Join Washington State Track & Field

July 31, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Two in-state competitors and a Colorado high jumper have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Washington State University in the 2007-08 season, Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Tuesday.

Candace Missouri, a sprinter/long jumper from Evergreen High in Vancouver, Wash., Marlon Murray, a sprinter from Highline High in Des Moines, Wash., and Ryan Deese, a high jumper from Palmer High in Colorado Springs, Colo., have committed to join the Cougars squads for the 2007-2008 school year.

Missouri was a four-time Greater Saint Helen's League champion in the 100m dash. She also won league and district titles in the long jump, triple jump and as the anchor on the 4x100m relay. At the 2007 4A state track and field championships, Missouri finished second in the 100m dash in a time of 12.38 seconds after running 12.07 in the prelims, anchored the winning 4x100m relay (47.92 prelim time), and finished fourth in the long jump as the Plainsmen girls' team took seventh place. She will primarily focus on long jump at WSU and has a PR distance of 18-feet, 8 1/2 inches. She was named the 2007 Athlete of the Year for the Greater Saint Helen's League. Missouri also played point guard on the Evergreen High basketball team. She was awarded an NAACP Academic Achievement Award.

Murray won the 2007 state 3A 100m dash title in a time of 10.90 seconds after running a school-record time of 10.66 in the prelims, and also ran on the sixth-place 4x400m relay team. Last spring he also set the Highline High 200m dash record by running a time of 21.46, and was on the school-record 4x100m relay team with a time of 42.86. Murray also placed at the state 3A track and field championships in 2006 with a third place in the 200m and a fifth place in the 100m.

Deese has cleared a personal-best of 6-feet, 9 inches in the high jump and was the Colorado state 5A runner-up in 2007 after jumping 6-7. He also placed third in the state meet in 2006.

'We are very excited about these three additions to our program for the 2008 season,' Sloan said. 'All three of these individuals had outstanding careers in high school and had note-worthy accomplishments but the thing that is the most exciting is that we anticipate their potential development. All three have shown tremendous skills and talent that haven't been realized yet. I think they are going to be outstanding competitors at the next level.'

The following are student-athletes who will join the Cougar track and field teams for the 2008 season with updates on their spring/summer accomplishments:

Incoming Washington State Women Track & Field Competitors:Amanda Andrews, a distance runner from Gig Harbor, Wash., finished fourth in 3200m at state 4A meet with time of 10:51.56Maria Creech, cleared 5-8 in high jump from Durango, Colo.Veronica Elseroad-Wall, a hurdler from Kelly Walsh High, Casper, Wyoming, two-time state 4A 300m hurdles champion, 2007 400m winner - PRs of 12.53 (100m), 25.69 (200m), 57.59 (400m), 43.76 (300m hurdles)Caroline Hedel, hurdler from Richland High, Richland, Wash., finished third at state 4A in 100m hurdlesAlexa Huestis, cleared 12-0 in pole vault from Chehalis, Wash., finished second at state 2A meetAngela Jensen, heptathlete from Tacoma, Wash., with PRs of 12.24 (100m), 14.09 (100mH), and 44.17 (300mH), won the 100m hurdles (14.30) and 300m hurdles (44.93) at state 2A meetEbba Jungmark, cleared 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) in high jump from SwedenElizabeth Mathison, steeplechaser from Pullman High, Pullman, Wash., was injured past two seasonsAmanda Stewart, a high jumper from Decatur High in Federal Way, Wash., took sixth place at 2007, fourth in 2006, has a PR of 5-7Marissa Tschida, thrown 158-5 in javelin from Missoula, Mont., fifth-best nationally; won the women's javelin (158-2) at the USA Juniors Championships at Indianapolis in JuneAshlee Wall, a distance runner from Walla Walla, Wash., a WSU Regents Scholarship winner who finished 10th in state 4A 3200m with time of 10:59.11Jalisa Williams, a heptathete from Muir High, Pasadena, Calif., won CIF So. Sect. Div. 3 100m hurdles (14.34) but ran PR time of 14.10 in state prelims, also PR 300m hurdles of 42.90

Incoming Washington State Men Track & Field Competitors:Ayodeji 'Deji'Adebayo, a 10.55, 21.48 sprinter from Spokane, Wash., and Community Colleges of SpokaneJeshua Anderson, the national prep record-holder in the 300m hurdles with a time of 35.28 seconds and a wide receiver from Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif., coming to WSU on a football scholarshipSteven Ayers, won 2007 state 3A shot put with PR toss of 64-7 1/2, and discus title (PR of 190-1), comes to WSU from Sehome High in Bellingham, Wash., as an offensive lineman for WSU footballGarrett Comfort, a thrower from Skyview High, Vancouver, Wash., finished second in state 4A discus, has PR discus of 164-2Sean Coyle, the 2007 Greater Spokane League distance runner of the year, won 1600m at regional meet 4:15.17), finished second at state 4A 3200m race (9:10.84) for Central Valley High, Spokane ValleyMatt Gill, a thrower from West Valley High, Yakima, Wash., finished third in the state 3A discus, threw all-time Yakima Valley discus record of 177-5Trevor Habberstad, a decathlete from Canyon Country, Calif., with PRs of 13.93 (110mH), 10.8 (100m), 22.1 (200m), 49.3 (400m), 37.61 (300mH), 6-0 (high jump) 12-6 (pole vault) and 21-10 (long jump), won the CIF Southern Section Division 1 high hurdles with a time of 13.93, and won the intermediate hurdles with a time of 37.74David Hickerson, member of Ferris (Spokane) High's four consecutive state 4A cross country championships, finished fifth at 2006 state cross country meet while on track took third in both 800m and 1600m at 2007 state 4A meet with PR times of 1:54.93 and 4:13.36.Peter Miller, from Shadle Park High, Spokane, PR times include 9:14.47 for 3200m, 4:18.5 for 1600mTrevor Sodorff, a pole vaulter from Woodinville, Wash., placed fourth in 2007, has a PR of 15-feet.Jeremy Swenson, a distance runner from Bishop Blanchet High, Shoreline, Wash., finished fourth in 2006 state 3A championship and has a 3200m PR time of 9:19.35

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