Asiah Gooden Signs National Letter of Intent with ASU Track & Field

Feb. 4, 2010

TEMPE – Asiah Gooden (Perris, Calif.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Arizona State University where she will continue her education and athletic career with the Sun Devil track & field program, ASU Assistant Coach Kenny McDaniel announced today. Gooden, who is currently in her senior year at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., will join the Sun Devil program this fall and compete in the sprint events starting with the 2011 season.

“Asiah will bring a tenacious feeling to the sprints group,” McDaniel, who works with the women’s sprints, hurdles and relays at ASU, said. “When watching her training and competing, you get the sense that she is a true winner. I am extremely excited about her commitment to the Sun Devil program and look forward to working with her in the coming years at Arizona State.”

“When I took my visit to Arizona State, I knew right away that this was going to be the perfect place to spend my next four years after high school,” Gooden said. “I certainly do feel that I will grow as a student and as an athlete while attending Arizona State. Altogether, I cannot wait to start this new chapter of my life as a Sun Devil and that anticipation is already starting to kick in!”

Gooden, who will join her RVHS teammate, Alycia Herring, in Tempe next year, brings great speed to the program after running 11.58 (wind aided) in 2009, which stands as the ninth-best time returning to the high school ranks this season while also standing as the 14th-fastest time overall in the nation last year. The champion of the 100m dash at the Inland Valley League and Inland Empire Championship meets, Gooden went on to finish seventh in the state with a time of 11.82 in the finals.

Her top wind-legal time of 11.73 in the 100m dash currently stands as the fourth-best all-time in Riverside County history while also holding the 10th-best time in the county in the 200m dash at 24.44, which she ran in 2009. She also placed second in the 200m dash in both of the Inland events.

The Gooden File
Name
: Asiah Gooden
Hometown: Perris, Calif.
High School: Rancho Verde HS (Moreno Valley)

Quick Notes: Placed seventh in the 100m dash at the California State Championships and helped the 4x100m relay to a fourth-place showing in 2009... ran 11.58 as a junior to record the ninth-best returning time this season and the 14th-best overall in the nation last year... also has run 24.44 in the 200m dash... wind-legal time of 11.73 that she ran in 2009 stands as the fourth-best all-time in Riverside County while her 24.44 stands as the No. 10 time in the county.

What They Are Saying About Gooden
Tim Callier (Rancho Verde coach):
“Asiah Gooden has successfully combined her easy-going manner off the track with a fierce competitive drive on the track. It has been our pleasure to work with her and watch her develop into one of the most powerful sprinters in the state. Asiah’s work ethic, positive character traits and commitment to the program will serve her and Arizona State very well in the years to come.”

Kim and Donnie Gooden (parents):
“Asiah, when obstacles stood in your way, you stayed strong, determined and overcame them. We are so proud of you! Through this process, you handled yourself in a very mature and professional manner. You had decisions to make that will affect you for the rest of your life; you put a lot of time and thought into your decision. We know it wasn’t easy, but we believe your decision to attend Arizona State University will enable you to receive the education you desire, the opportunity to make lasting friendships and the excitement of competing with other athletes at an elite level. Congratulations!”

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