New class headlined by three state leaders and a wealth of local talent
The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s track and field teams have added 13 new student athletes to their programs for the 2014-2015 school year, including 11 high school athletes and two transfers, all from the Pacific Northwest.
Elisha Allred – Throws – Spokane Valley, Wash. – East Valley HS
After placing in third at the 2013 WIAA 2A State Championships for discus, Allred managed to claim top honors at the 2014 2A State Championships in both the discus and javelin. She also placed fourth at the Washington State Hammer Championships. She has best marks of 136-11 in discus, 135-7 in javelin and 139-4 in the hammer throw. Off the field, Allred was the ASB President her senior year at East Valley High School.
Braden Barranco – Pole Vault – Mead, Wash. – Mead HS
Barranco placed second in the pole vault at his first trip to the WIAA 4A State Championships in 2014. His personal best is 15-6. In high school Barranco also ran the 100 meters and the 4x100 relay.
Brian Burt – Sprints/Jumps – East Wenatchee, Wash. – Eastmont HS
Burt placed first in the long jump at the 2014 WIAA 4A State Championships. He has best sprint times of 10.88 in the 100 meters and 22.8 in the 200 meters. His best jump marks are 23-7 in the long jump and 44-6 in the triple jump. Burt also played football at Eastmont and received first team honors his senior year.
Kaytlyn Coleman – Throws – Kennewick, Wash. – Lewis - Clark State College Transfer
Coleman made an impressive appearance at the 2014 NAIA National Championships during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She took second place in the weight throw (indoor), fourth place in the hammer throw (outdoor) and seventh place in the shot put (outdoor). She has best marks of 62-1 in the weight throw, 185-1 in the hammer and 47-4 1/4 in the shot put. Prior to attending Lewis - Clark State College, Coleman graduated from Kennewick High School.
Chase Davis – Pole Vault – Silverton, Ore. – Clackamas Community College Transfer
Davis placed fifth in the pole vault at the 2014 NWAACC Championships. His best mark in the event is 15-6. While at Clackamas Davis also ran the 110 meter hurdles. Davis graduated from Silverton High School prior to attending Clackamas Community College.
Selina Koon – Jumps – Moses Lake, Wash. – Moses Lake HS
Koon had a successful senior season where she qualified for the WIAA 4A State Championships in the triple jump and was the District 6 4A Champion in the high jump and long jump. She also placed second in the triple jump at that meet. Koon has best jumps of 5-4 in the high jump, 17-4 in the long jump and 34-2 in the triple jump.
Mitch Moe – Throws – Longview, Wash. – R.A. Long HS
In his senior season Moe competed at the WIAA State 2A Championships placing first in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Moe also competed at the WIAA 2A State Championships his sophomore year placing fourth in the shot put and fifth in the discus and his junior year placing second in the shot put and first in the discus. He has best marks of 55-5 3/4 in the shot put and 169-6 in the discus.
Megan Murphy – Jumps – Spokane, Wash. – North Central HS
Murphy is a three time WIAA 3A State Championships competitor in the triple jump, claiming fourth place her sophomore and junior years. Her senior year she made it to the podium, placing third. She has best marks of 38- 0 1/2 in the triple jump and 16-8 1/2 in the long jump.
Rebecca Tarbert – Sprints – East Wenatchee, Wash. – Eastmont HS
Tarbert has been a fierce competitor in the 100 meters, competing all four years of high school at the WIAA 4A State Championships. She placed fourth as a freshman and junior and second as a sophomore. As a senior she placed third in the 100 meters and second in the 200 meters. She has best times of 11.92 in the 100 meters and 24.85 in the 200 meters.
Bridgette Underwood – Throws – West Richland, Wash. – Richland HS
Underwood was a four-year varsity track and field athlete, specializing in the javelin. Underwood consistently throws in the 140 foot range. She won the title at the 2013 regional meet with her personal best throw, of 145-7, which was also enough to break the Richland High School record.
Jeremy VanAssche – Sprints – East Wenatchee, Wash. – Eastmont HS
VanAssche is a solid sprinter and made it to the podium at the WIAA 4A State Championships placing second in both the 100 and 200 meters. In prior seasons VanAssche competed well at district and regional meets in both of those events. He has best marks of 10.53 in the 100 meters and 21.53 in the 200 meters.
Macey Weitz – Throws/Pole Vault – Pasco, Wash. – Richland HS
At the 2014 WIAA 4A State Championships, Weitz finished third in the discus and fourth in the pole vault. She has best marks of 137-8 in the discus and 11-6 in the pole vault. Weitz was also the ASB President her senior year at Richland High School.
Tierra White – High Jump – Spokane, Wash. – Rogers HS
At the 2013 WIAA 3A State Championships, White placed fourth in the high jump. She also placed well at the regional and district meets in the 2011, 2012 and 2014 seasons. White has a personal best jump of 5-6.