Track & Field Inks Middle Distance Runner to NLI

March 5, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Chris Selvar, the 2007 Washington state 4A boys 800m champion, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and compete for Washington State University, Cougar track and field head coach Rick Sloan announced Wednesday.

Selvar, from Kent, Wash., attends Kentwood High, is a six-time letterwinner for the Conquerors, running on both the cross country and track teams. As a sophomore, Selvar placed ninth in the state 800m championships. Kentwood placed seventh in the state 2006 cross country championships with Selvar the number three finisher on the squad. His junior year 800m state championship race was run in a time of 1:54.36.

'Chris is the defending 800m Washington state 4Achampion and we are excited to be getting another outstanding middle distance runner,' Cougars Cross Country and track distance coach Jason Drake said. 'Chris will join incoming freshman Alex Ringe, from Oregon, and with this year's sophomores, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney and Luke Lemenager, our middle distances will have good depth. Chris is excited about us and he should have a good impact in the middle distances.'

Selvar joins already announced 2008-09 Cougar track and field signees: Anna Albrecht, a thrower from Pullman, Brianne Brown, a 400m runner from Spokane, Wash., Morgan Clem, a hurdler from East Wenatchee, Wash., Michelly Foley, a distance runner from Crook County High, Prineville, Ore., Ashley Kenney, a discus thrower from Spokane Valley, Wash., Courtney Kirkwood, a heptathlete from Othello, Wash., Jessica Yates, a triple jumper from Snohomish, Wash., Alex Ringe, a middle distance runner from Hermiston, Ore., and Mietra Smollack, a distance runner from Oak Harbor, Wash.

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