|Amy-Eloise Neale (l) & Katie Knight|
This blog usually doesn't pay too much attention to schools and top prep recruits until the national letter of intent day, but we just got word via Glacier Peak HS assistant coach Frank Dauncey that Amy-Eloise Neale (far left/photo by Paul Merca), the British internationalist who competed at the IAAF world youth championships in the 2000 steeplechase finals in 2011, has given the University of Washington a verbal commitment to enroll at the school in the fall of 2013.
Neale, a two-time state 3A cross country champion at Glacier Peak in Snohomish, is poised to join her good friend and rival from North Central HS in Spokane, Katie Knight (right/photo by Mike Scott) at the U-Dub.
Neale was the Gatorade state high school track & field athlete of the year in 2012, and has won five career Washington 3A track titles. She has personal bests of 4:43.82 for the mile and 10:12.33 in the 3200m.
Knight, who was a member of Team USA's junior squad at the BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in January, made a verbal commitment to attend Washington in early October, picking the Huskies over Pac-12 rivals Colorado and Stanford.
The two will race each other Saturday at the WIAA 3A cross country championships in Pasco, where Knight is the defending champion, unseating Neale, who won the title as a freshman and as a sophomore.
Per NCAA rules, the University of Washington is not allowed to comment on any high school commits until the school has received a letter of intent. Verbal commitments are not official.
The national letter of intent signing date for track and field/cross country is February 6, 2013.