Washington Track/Cross Country Signs 10 Athletes for 2001-2 Season

May 3, 2001

SEATTLE-- University of Washington track coach Orin Richburg announced the signing of 10 athletes to compete for UW during the 2001-2002 cross country and track seasons Thursday.

Camille Connelly, of Marysville, Wash., Laura Halverson, out of Mica, Wash., and Lisa and Jamie Gibbs, from Arvada, Colo., will all be members of the 2001 Husky women's cross country roster after signing national letters of intent during the spring signing period.

Cambrielle Jensen, a hurdler hailing from Arlington, Wash., will join the ranks of the Washington track team for 2002.

Connelly, a senior at Marysville-Pilschuck High School, has placed among the top 15 cross country runners in the state on the 4A level each of the last three years, placing as high as eighth in 1999. She also finished fifth at the 2000 Washington/Oregon Border dash meet, and eighth at the meet as a sophomore in 1999. On the track oval, Connelly boasts personal bests of 5:04.2 (1600m), 10:54.69 (3200m) and 2:19.1 (800m). She scored at the state track meet in the 3200m her freshman through junior years and in the 1600m as a sophomore and junior. Connelly, who boasts a 4.0 GPA, chose Washington over Stanford, South Carolina, Oregon and Texas A&M.

Halverson, a senior at Freeman High School, is a three-time Class 1A Washington state cross country champion and also placed ninth at the 2000 Washington/Oregon Border Clash meet. On the track, Halverson has clocked personal bests of 2:17.5 (800m), 5:05.65 (1600m) and 11:11.0 (3200m). She is the reigning Class 1A state champion in the 3200m, runner-up in the 1600, and third-place winner in the 800. Halverson was the runner-up in the 3200m both her sophomore and junior years before claiming the title in 2000. She also finished fourth in the 1600 as a junior. Halverson, a 4.0 student, chose Washington over Washington State, Idaho, Portland and Eastern Washington.

Lisa Gibbs, a senior at Arvada West HS, along with twin sister Jamie, will join the Huskies for the upcoming cross country season. Lisa, a former high school soccer player, finished 13th at the Colorado state cross country meet, despite only competing in her second year of cross country. She also finished 18th at the 2000 Footlocker Midwest Regional meet. Lisa went on to win the 2001 Simplot Games Indoor Championship in the 3200m with a time of 10:59.74 in Pocatello, Idaho. On the track, she claims personal bests of 5:04 (1600m), 10:59 (3200m) and also boasts a personal best 5,000m cross country time of 18:01.

Jamie Gibbs, a high school soccer player like twin sister Lisa, is a newcomer to distance running. Jamie finished 17th at the Colorado state cross country championships and 42nd at the Footlocker Regional. She ran an 18:01 5,000m during cross country season at the Liberty Invitational, only a second off her personal best 18:00. Jamie placed fifth in the 1600m at the 2001 Simplot Indoor Games with a time of 5:08.48. Her personal best track times are 5:08 (1600m) and 11:17 (3200m). Both Jamie and Lisa boast 4.0 GPAs and chose UW over Colorado, Colorado State and Columbia.

Jensen, the lone women's track addition during the late signing period, is among the fastest hurdlers in the history of the state of Washington. She owns the third fastest 300m hurdles time in Washington state history, a 42.23, and the 22nd fastest 100m hurdles time, a 14.56. Jensen was the Class 3A runner-up in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, while also placing fifth in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes as a junior in 2000. In 1999, she finished third in both the 100m dash and 300m hurdles at the state meet. During her freshman campaign, she was fourth in the state in the 300m hurdles. Jensen, who boasts bests of 12.30 (100m dash) and 25.17 (200m dash) in addition to her hurdle marks, chose UW over Kentucky, Washington State and Oregon.

Jensen joins two others, throwers Piper Hope, of Orofino, Idaho, and Cherron Davis, out of Auburn, Wash., who committed to the Huskies during the early signing period.

Five men have also committed to join the Washington track/cross country squads in 2001. Michael Kiter, of Spokane, Wash., Chris Fayant, also hailing from Spokane, Wash., Phillip Tabor, out of Sacramento, Calif., Nik Williams, of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Sean Williams, out of Kirkland, Wash., have all signed national letters of intent to join the Huskies for the 2001-2 campaign.

Kiter, a senior at Spokane's Shadle Park High School, is the reigning two-time Washington Class 4A state cross country champion. He was also the 2000 NIKE Border Clash champion, placed sixth at the Footlocker West Regional and 21st at the Footlocker National Championships in 2000. On the track oval, Kiter was the state runner-up in the 3200m with a personal best 9:06.46, while also placing fourth in the 1600m with another personal best mark of 4:13.85. So far this spring, Kiter has clocked a 4:10 distance medley relays leg and currently leads the state with a time of 9:09 in the 3200. Kiter, who carries a 3.5 GPA, committed to Washington over Georgetown and Oklahoma State.

Fayant, a senior at Mead High School and brother of current Husky distance runner Jason Fayant, placed second to future teammate and Greater Spokane League Rival, Kiter, at the state cross country meet in 2000. He was also fourth at the Washington state championships as a sophomore. Fayant's current track personal bests are 4:20.3 (1600m), 8:42.4 (3000m) and 9:29.5 (3200m). Fayant, who boasts a 3.25 GPA, picked Washington over Montana, Montana State and Portland.

Tabor, a transfer from American River Community College, will compete for the Husky track team in the 400 and 800-meter events. Tabor owns personal bests of 48.1 (400m) and 1:49.63 (800m). He was a California state junior college finalist in the 800 meter.

Nik Williams, of Lake Stevens High School, is the reigning Class 3A Washington state champion in the 400m dash, with a time of 47.90. Williams also anchored the state champion 4x400-meter relay team to a new state record time, as well as placing fourth in the 200-meter dash at the 2000 state championships. His personal best in the 200 meter is 21.7, while he his fastest 100-meter time is 11.1. Nik, who boasts a 3.36 GPA, also played football for Lake Stevens garnering first-team All-Wesco honors as a receiver and defensive back in 2000. Nik has a twin brother who is also a sprinter and football player at Lake Stevens.

Sean Williams, a senior at Lake Washington High School, is the current state leader in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes with times of 21.5 and 48.19 respectively. Williams boasted season-best hand-timed marks of 10.7 (100m) and 21.8 (200m) during the 2000 track campaign. Sean is not related to the aforementioned Nik Williams.

These five men join javelin thrower Tye Scott of Veradale, Wash., who signed during the early signing period, as newcomers to the Husky track and cross country rosters in 2001-2.

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