ASU Track & Field Inks Christabel Nettey to National Letter of Intent

Feb. 4, 2009

TEMPE - Christabel Nettey (Surrey, B.C., Canada) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Arizona State University in the fall of 2009 where she will continue her academic and athletic careers with the Sun Devil track & field program, Kenny McDaniel, ASU's women's sprints/hurdles/relays coach announced Wednesday. The senior-to-be at Johnston Heights Secondary School in Canada will join the program in time for the 2010 track & field season where she will compete in the long jump and triple jump as well as the short sprints.

'If one traces back Christabel's footprints, they would find an amazing person as well as an athlete,' McDaniel said. 'Christabel will brings wealth of international experience to our program. She has the potential to become a solid candidate for our sprint relay as well. With her experience, I believe the transition from the high school ranks will be a smooth process. She will be an instant role player as soon as she puts on our Sun Devil uniform and I am looking forward having her in our Sun Devil family.'

'I chose ASU because of its known creditability in the classroom and on the track,' Nettey said. 'A lot of people don't realize how intelligent the ASU track team is. They're not jocks. Education is still their number one priority. The team is unconditionally there for each other. They are a true family and that's what I was looking for, someone to look out for me. At ASU, I think I'll be challenged enough so I can accomplish my goals.'

Nettey is a two-sport standout, competing internationally for her native Canada in track & field while also playing for her school's basketball team. In 2007, Nettey was selected to represent Team Canada at the 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships where she competed in the 100m hurdles and the long jump. In the preliminaries of the hurdles, she clocked a personal-best of 13.49 to advance to the finals where she placed eighth. She also has fared well in the long jump and won the Canadian Youth National Championships in 2008 with a personal-best jump of 20-04.50 (6.21m).

Entering her senior season at JHS, Nettey has set several goals for herself, including breaking the high school records in British Columbia for the 100m hurdles and the long jump. She also has stated she would like to break the Canadian Junior record in the long jump (6.38m) and representing her country in the Pan-Am Junior Championships.

Away from track & field, Nettey has also been a leader on the hardwood. While playing for her high school team, she was named the Most Valuable Player three times. Nettey, who also enjoys playing volleyball and reading magazines, is the daughter of Eustace and Genevieve Nettey and has two sisters, Sabrina Nettey and Kindra Van-Nettey.

The Nettey File
Name: Christabel Nettey
Hometown: Surrey, B.C., Canada
High School: Johnston Heights Secondary
Also Considered: California, Illinois

Quick Notes: Member of Team Canada at the 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships... placed eighth in the 100m hurdles... also competed in the long jump at the World meet... ran a personal-best time of 13.49 in the preliminaries at the World meet... won the Canadian Youth National Championship long jump title with a personal-best mark of 6.21m (20-4.50)... three-time basketball team MVP.

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