Cougar Track Adds Eleven Incoming Freshmen

May 10, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Eleven high school seniors, including seven from the state of Washington, will compete for the Washington State University track and field teams after either signing a National Letter of Intent or enrolling at the university for fall semester and agreeing to walk-on this spring, Cougar coach Rick Sloan announced Thursday.

The track recruits, in alphabetical order, are: Schquay Brignac, a state high jump champion from Taft High, Woodland Hills, Calif., Patrick Harrigan, a high jumper who has cleared 6-feet, 9 1/2 inches from McQueen High School, Reno, Nevada, Mike Heidt, the 2000 3A state cross country champion from Selah High, Selah, Wash., Brittany Hinchcliffe, ranked number one or two in the 4A shot put, discus and hammer throws from Capital High, Olympia, Wash., Justin Ireland, a distance runner who placed second in the state 3A 1600m race from Skyline High, Issaquah, Wash. , John Manthey, the state 4A 800m champion from Federal Way High, Federal Way, Wash., Samantha Missel, ranked third in the state 4A for hammer throw, from Mt. Spokane High, Mead, Wash., Marie Muai, the top-ranked 3A shot put and discus thrower from Franklin Pierce High, Tacoma, Wash., Darion Powell, a decathlete from Lake Washington High School, Seattle, Wash., who has twice been the national indoor pentathlon champion, Jamil Smith, state champion in the triple jump from Palmdale High, Palmdale, Calif., Dan Wolf, the state and Junior Olympics cross country champion from Reno High, Reno, Nevada.

'We are very impressed with this incoming group, not only as athletes but as people,' Sloan said. 'They bring proven talent to our program and show the high level of respect for the success of the Cougar track and field program.'

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