Seven Distance Runners Sign with Washington State

Feb. 9, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Seven high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and compete for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2010, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Tuesday.

Inking letters to join the Cougar men's team were Kevin Boe from Vancouver, Wash., Andrew 'Drew' Jordan from Medford, Ore., Wilder Schaaf from Ashland, Ore., Mack Young from Redmond, Wash., and Justin Zimmerman from Spokane. Joining the WSU women's team are Sarah Bobbe and Allison Clark, both from Vancouver, Wash.

'I'm very pleased with this first recruiting class at Washington State,' Cougar distance coach Pete Julian said. 'We are bringing in everyone we wanted and I think it is one of the stronger incoming distance classes in recent history. We have a lot of winners in this class. These are young men and women who know how to win. They have separated themselves by knowing how to get out and compete in big races. And that is what we were recruiting.'

Jordan is the 2009 Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year for the state of Oregon. Jordan, who is home-schooled but competes for North Medford High, is a two-time Oregon state class 6A cross country champion. He won the 3000m race at the Oregon Elite meet last spring and has a 3k PR time of 8-minutes, 43.37 seconds.

Young, from Redmond High, was the Washington state 4A cross country champion in 2008 and won the KingCo League title in 2009, finishing sixth in the state meet after suffering an injury during the season. He finished fifth at the 2009 Nike BorderClash 11 meet (Oregon versus Washington). Young's parents are former All-American collegiate runners. His mother, Heather, ran for Cal State Northridge, and his father, Tony, was a DII All-American at Cal State Los Angeles. Tony is also a Masters runner who set a world record for the 45-49 age group in the mile in 2008 with a time of 4:16.09.

Boe competes for Columbia River High and is also a Running Start student at Clark College. In cross country last fall, he won the Brooks Harrier Classic meet with a 5000m record time of 15:22.0. Boe won the 2009 Greater St. Helens League, district and regional meets, and was a first-team all-state selection after finishing fifth in the state 3A championships. He finished sixth at the 2009 Nike Border Clash race. He is a two-time Columbian newspaper Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Boe's parents and a set of grandparents are all WSU graduates.

Schaaf is a senior at Ashland High where he was a first-team all-state for cross country in 2009 and was an individual qualifier for the Nike Cross Nationals meet. On the track, Schaaf was the 2009 state champion in the 1500m (4:02) and 3000m where he ran the state record time of 8:42. He is a commended National Merit Scholar with a 3.88 grade point average.

Zimmerman was a member of the Ferris High cross country team that won the Greater Spokane League and state 4A titles in 2009. Running as the South Spokane XC Club, the Ferris boys' team was runner-up at both the Nike Regional and National Cross meets last fall. On the track, Zimmerman has a PR time in the 800m of 1:51.69.

Bobbe and Clark are teammates at Columbia River High. Bobbe has two top-eight finishes at the Washington state 3A cross country championships where her Chieftains girls' team finished fourth both years. Bobbe finished third in the 3200m race at the state 3A track championships with a PR time of 11:11.32 in 2009. She is a WIAA Scholar-Athlete.

Clark has back-to-back top 10 finishes at the state 3A cross country championships. She won the Greater St. Helens League district and regional champion last fall, earning Clark the GSHL Cross Country Runner of the Year award. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

Accepted for admittance to WSU and planning to join the Cougar men's team is Trevor Thompson from Lindbergh High in Renton, Wash. Thompson is a three-year all-state 3A cross country runner who captured the Sundodger prep title with a 5k PR time of 15:22. His 3200m PR time is 9:19.27. Thompson has a 3.8 grade point average.

'I am very pleased with the number and the quality of the signees that Coach Julian has brought to Washington State for our cross country and distance program for the 2010-11 season,' Sloan said. 'There are many state champions and people who have competed at a very high level in the high school ranks and have been very successful. I think Coach Julian has identified some people who are going to come in and do a great job for the Cougars in the coming years.'

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