Wednesday, February 13, 2013

AROUND THE TRACK: Huskies announce recruiting class; WSU competes in Idaho this weekend...

The University of Washington officially released its list of thirteen track & field recruits, with emphasis on distance runners and throwers, with eight of the 13 in state products.

On the men's side, Washington signed Sumner Goodwin, from Spokane's Lewis & Clark, who was seventh at Nike Cross Nationals last fall; Jamie Coughlin from Garfield/Seattle, who was fifth at the Washington 4A meet; and AJ Yarnall from Saugus HS in Santa Clarita, California.

Washington signed four athletes in the throws:  Dan Boyden from Arlington; Carey Campbell from Lake Stevens; Beau Brosseau from Oregon City, Oregon; and Gina Filint from Bellingham's Squalicum HS.

One notable signee not announced by the coaching staff on NLI day is pole vaulter Diamara Planell Cruz (above/photo courtesy University of Washington) from Los Altos HS in California.

Planell Cruz (listed as Diamara Planell on the IAAF database) won the California State JC title while competing for San Jose CC, and represented Puerto Rico at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, and has a personal best of 12-11 1/2 (3.95m).

With next week's MPSF championships coming up next week in Seattle, a limited number of athletes from Washington State will compete this weekend at the Idaho Collegiate meet on Friday, and Saturday's Idaho Open.

Courtesy of WSU, here's coach Rick Sloan with his review of last weekend's competition and this week's meets.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington and Washington State University contributed to this report.

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