Sprinting Brothers Join WSU Track & Field Team

Dec. 15, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - Two brothers from Buena Park, California, have signed Financial Aid Agreements and will compete for Washington State University track and field starting January 2006, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Thursday.

Brian Woods, Jr., and his brother, Justin Woods, are accomplished 100m, 200m and 400m runners from Los Alamitos High.

Brian Woods attended Fullerton College and competed in track at Long Beach City College before transferring to WSU. In high school Brian was a wide receiver on the varsity football team for three years and the Griffins were the CIF-Southern Section Division I champions his senior year. He was a three-time All-Orange County selection in track, and was named to the all-Long Beach Country team and the Sunset League's MVP as a senior. Brian was a member of the 4x100m relay team that broke a 27-year old school record in 2002 with a time of 42.06 and again in 2003 with a time of 41.86. As a senior he was the CIF-Southern Section Division I champion in the 100m and 200m as the Los Alamitos team was runner-up. His 100m time of 10.55 was a school record. In addition to being honored as a scholar-athlete, Brian won his school's Senior Medallion of Excellence for Academic Achievement.

Justin Woods is a 2005 graduate of Los Alamitos, and like his older brother, played wide receiver on the football team for three years. Justin was also a member of the record-breaking 4x100m relay teams and ran on a 4x400m relay team which broke a school record and finished sixth at the state meet. He qualified for state in the 200m as a junior and both the 100m and 200m as a senior. Justin won the 200m dash a the county championships with a meet record time of 21.28, and captured the CIF-Southern Section 100m and 200m titles. He holds the school records in the 100m (10.48), 200m (21.01) and 400m (48.66). Justin was named the Orange County Register newspaper's 2005 Boys Track Athlete of the Year.

'Both Justin and Brian are welcome additions to our team at the semester,' Sloan said. 'They bring added depth to our already good sprint corps and give us good options for the relays. In looking at them on video tape, there is room for improvement with running mechanics and starts and we will work on those things during the indoor season. They have been training so their level of fitness coming in is good. We look to continue our sprinters' success and hopefully both these young men will be strong contributors to our team's success at the Pac-10 and national level.'

Brian and Justin Woods join four previously announced signed recruits: sprinter Princess Joy Griffey from Federal Way, Wash., 800m runner Bob Hewitt-Gaffney from Gillette, Wyoming, and distance runners Dan Geib from Reno, Nevada, and Anna Layman from Spokane Valley, Wash.

Washington State opens the indoor track season with the WSU Indoor Open meet, Jan. 20-21.

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