NCAA Division II All-American to compete at Eastern, as well as five letter of intent signees
Six athletes from the state of Washington, including a NCAA Division II All-American in the pole vault, have committed to attend Eastern Washington University and compete in track and field for the Eagles.
One of the letter of intent signees is Chewelah's Liz Cobb (pictured), who won the long jump at the 2009 WIAA State 1B, 2B, 1A Championships at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash., with a mark of 17-6 1/4. Cobb and two of her teammates helped Jenkins High School score 49 points and place second in the 1A team scoring. She also finished fourth in the 200 meters (26.52), fifth in the triple jump (34-10 1/2) and eighth in the 100 (14.02). Her personal bests are 86-0 in the javelin, 17-8 1/2 in the long jump, 35-9 in the triple jump, 2:54.3 in the 800, 20.34 in the 100 hurdles, 28-11 1/4 in the shot put, 5-1 3/4 in the high jump, and 3,465 points in the heptathlon.
Signed to a scholarship agreement was transfer Colleen
Meas from Camano Island, Wash., who earned NCAA Division
II All-American honors in the pole vault in winter 2009 at the
University of Mary in North Dakota. She is a 2008 graduate of
Stanwood (Wash.) High School.
The other female athletes who signed letters of intent were Jasmine Stray from Centralia, Wash., Olivia Ward from Seattle, Wash., Emilee Deishl from Spokane, Wash. and Taymussa Miller from Richland, Wash.
Jasmine Stray - Centralia, Wash., (Centralia HS '09)
-- Recruited as a hammer thrower, Stray's best throw as a senior came at the Centralia Hammer Championships with a mark of 144-2 in May. However, that event is not yet a district or state championship event in the state of Washington. Stray also finished eighth in the javelin with a throw of 96-8 at the District 4 2A Championships, with her best effort coming at the Washougal Twilight Invitational with a throw of 100-3. On Bob Gourley's national rankings list, Stray ranks 25th out of 63 competitors in the hammer with a toss of 145-10 during summer competition after she graduated. Her personal best marks are 25-8 1/2 in the shot put, 74-6 in the discus, 100-3 in the javelin and 145-10 in the hammer. Stray, a three-sport athlete, tore her ACL during her junior season. Stray's twin sister Jillian will compete for Saint Martin's University in Lacey.
Olivia Ward - Seattle, Wash. (Cleveland HS '09)
-- Ward is a two-time triple jump champion at the WIAA State 3A Championships. She won as a senior with a mark of 40-8 1/2 and won the title as a junior with a jump of 38-5. She also finished second in the long jump with an effort of 16-10 1/4 her senior season. Also as a senior, she won the triple jump and finished third in the long jump at the SeaKing 3A District Championships. Ward's personal best marks are 12.63 in the 100, 26.54 in the 200, 1:04.04 in the 400, 16.39 in the 100 hurdles, 49.84 in the 300 hurdles, 18-0 in the long jump and 40-8 1/2 in the triple jump.
Emilee Deishl - Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS
-- Deishl finished second in the javelin with a mark of 141-3 at the WIAA State 4A Championships, missing out on the title by an inch. She won the javelin with a throw of 130-1 at the GSL 4A District meet and finished third at the 4A CBBN/GSL Regional meet with a toss of 131-10. Her junior season she finished third at the GSL 4A District Championships with a throw of 126-0 and finished fourth at the Eastern 3A/4A Regionals with an effort of 121-10. She has personal best marks of 141-3 in the javelin, 98-1 in the discus and 36-5 1/2 in the shot put.
Taymussa Miller - Richland, Wash. (Hanford HS '09)
-- Miller finished third in the high jump with a mark of 5-5 at the WIAA State 3A Championships. She also finished eighth in the long jump (16-3 1/2) and 10th in the triple jump (34-11). She won the high jump and long jump at the 3A CBBN/GSL Regional Meet and finished second in the triple jump. Her personal best marks are 36-2 1/4 in the triple jump, 16-11 in the long jump and 5-6 in the high jump (5-6). Her junior year she won the high jump and finished 13th in the triple jump at the WIAA State 3A Championships.
Colleen Meas - Camano Island, Wash. (Stanwood HS '08
& University of Mary)
-- An All-American in her only season competing at the University of Mary, Meas broke the school record in the pole vault with a season best mark of 13-0 1/4. She finished eighth with a mark of 11-9 3/4 at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships to earn All-America honors. Meas went on to finish fourth with a mark of 11-4 1/2 at the Northern Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships. A 2008 graduate from Stanwood (Wash.) High School, her personal bests marks are 16-1 in the long jump, 11-9 in the pole vault and 13-73 in the 100. She no-heighted as a senior at the 2008 District 1 4A Championships, costing her a chance to improve upon her eighth-place finish with a mark of 11-0 at the 2007 WIAA State 4A Championships.