Tri-City Standout Distance Runner Commits to WSU

April 13, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Andrew Gonzalez, an outstanding prep distance runner from Kennewick, Wash., has signed a National Letters of Intent to compete for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2009, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Monday.

Gonzalez, a senior at Southridge High, won the 2008 Sunfair Invite, Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference and the 4A Regional cross country meets. He took fourth place at the 2008 state 4A and 2007 state 3A cross country championships, and also placed fourth at the 2008 Oregon/Washington BorderClash Cross Country meet. Gonzalez finished 31st at the Nike Cross Country national meet last fall. He was selected the Tri-City Herald 4A Cross Country Runner of the Year for 2008, and 3A Runner of the Year for 2006 and 2007.

An excellent student, Gonzalez carries a 3.93 grade point average which ranks 10th among his class of 325 students, and plans to pursue a pre-med curriculum at WSU.

'I am very excited to have Andrew at Washington State,' Cougar Cross Country Head Coach Jason Drake said. 'He is one of the finest distance athletes in the state and I think he has only begun to scratch the surface of his talent. He will help take our distance program to another level.'

Gonzalez joins eight Cougar track and field signees announced earlier this spring:

Alyssa Andrews, distance runner from Gig Harbor, Wash.Caroline Austin, a distance runner from Chehalis, Wash.Brett Blanshan, a sprinter from Selah, Wash.Andrew Kimpel, distance runner from Spokane, Wash.Holly Parent, a high jumper from Victoria, British Columbia, CanadaChristine Rice, a high jumper from Ridgefield, Wash.Cindy Robinson, a sprinter from Norwalk, Calif.Courtney Zalud, a middle distance runner from Colbert, Wash.
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