High Jumper, Distance Specialist Sign with WSU Track & Field

May 23, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - High jumper Trent Arrivey and distance runner Stephanie Sipes have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Washington State University track and field next year, Cougar Track & Field Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Tuesday.

Arrivey, (pronounced air-eh-vee) a senior at Woodinville High School, in Woodinville, Wash., has cleared 7-feet in the high jump this year and is a two-time KINGCO league champion in this event and has long jumped 22-1 1/2. He was named to the All-KINGCO second team for basketball this year. Arrivey placed third in the high jump at the 2005 state championships and will compete this weekend at the state championships in Pasco. Arrivey's father, Jim, played football at USC and his mother, Kelli, competed in track at USC.

'We're thrilled to have Trent come to Washington State University. It has been some time since we have recruited a seven-foot high jumper to come into the program,' Sloan said. 'He's a tall young man at six-foot six inches and we expect him to be an outstanding high jumper for the Cougars.'

Sipes is a senior at Gig Harbor High in Gig Harbor, Wash., finished second in the state 4A 2004 Cross Country Championships and 12th at the 2005 state meet where her school won the team title. The Gig Harbor High cross country team finished seventh at the 2005 Nike Team National meet. Sipes set the school record for the 3200m with a time of 10:48 as a junior.

'Stephanie has good leg speed, she's run 2:15 in the half-mile and that will be good in cross country,' Drake said. 'She is another great distance runner from the state of Washington joining the Cougar program.'

These signees join eight previously announced signed recruits:
• Sprinter Princess Joy Griffey from Federal Way, Wash., who is leading the state in the 100m dash (11.4) and 200m dash (24.5) but is ill and not able to compete at the state championships this weekend,
• Sprinter/hurdler/long jumper Kyle Schauble from Kennewick, Wash., leading the state in the 100m hurdles (14.29) and the 300m hurdles (37.38),
• Middle distance runner Bob Hewitt-Gaffney from Gillette, Wyoming, who recently won state championships in the 400m (48.55), ran on the winning 4x400m relay, and the 800m with a meet record time of 1:51.92 (but fell short of breaking the Campbell County High, record of 1:51.67, run by Cougar Cross Country Head Coach Jason Drake) as Campbell County High won the team title,
• Distance runner Dan Geib from Reno, Nevada, who just won the 1600m and 3200m at the Nevada state championships as his Galena High team won the state title,
• Still competing are middle distance runners Lisa Egami from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, Luke Lemenager from Maple Valley, Wash., and Chelsea VanDeBrake from Yakima, Wash., and distance runner Anna Layman from Spokane Valley, Wash.

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