A pair of in-state distance runners lead the University of Washington's incoming freshman class as they made their collegiate choice known on Wednesday's national letter of intent day.
Katie Knight (#61/photo by Paul Merca) and Amy-Eloise Neal, the last two Washington state 3A cross country champs from North Central HS in Spokane and Glacier Peak HS in Snohomish, join a very strong women's distance group that includes NCAA 1500 champ Katie Flood and NCAA 5000m runner-up Megan Goethals.
Knight last week finished fourth at the USA junior cross country championships in St. Louis, and will compete at next month's IAAF world cross country championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Neal, who competed for Great Britain at the 2011 IAAF world youth championships in the 2000 steeplechase, won her third Washington 3A cross country title in November over Knight, the 2011 champ.
Joining the duo in the distances are Kelly Lawson from La Costa Canyon HS in California, who ran 10:40.84 for 3200m last year; and, Kaylee Flanagan from Roselle (Lake Park) HS in Illinois, a two-time Foot Locker finalist and younger sister of current Husky Lindsay Flanagan.
Other Husky commits announced include Washington state 2A 400m champ Andrew Brown from Tumwater, who has a PR of 48.35; shot putter Carey Campbell from Lake Stevens, who was third in the state 4A meet with a PR of 56-6 1/4 (17.23m); Dan Boyden from Arlington, a 181-8 (55.37m) performer in the discus, and the top returning Washington prep this season; and Beau Brosseau from Oregon City HS in Oregon, the state 6A shot put champ with a PR of 61-1 3/4 (18.63m).
Another thrower signing with the Huskies is Gina Flint from Squalicum HS, the state 2A champ in the shot and discus, who has PRs of 45-7 3/4 in the shot and 153-4 in the discus.