New class highlighted by two state leaders in Courtney Bray and Trenton Osborn as well as two local Cheney products in Janessa Day and Erin Clark
The Eastern Washington University track and field and cross country teams added some depth to their programs by inking 11 high school athletes and two transfers for the 2013-14 school year. Twelve of the signees hail from the Pacific Northwest, while one comes overseas from Spain. Highlighting the signing class is Courtney Bray (pole vault) and Trenton Osborn (long jump), who had the top marks in the state of Washington this season in their events.
2012-13 Track and Field Signees
Courtney Bray – Pole Vault – Mead, Wash.
– Mt. Spokane HS ‘13
After placing second the previous two seasons, Bray moved atop the podium and won the pole vault at the WIAA 3A State Championships, clearing the bar at 12-7. Her personal best of 12-9 came at the GSL District 8 Championships, a mark that lead the state of Washington. Bray placed in the pole vault at the 3A state meet in all four years with finishes of second (2012, 12-0), second (2011, 11-6) and sixth (2010, 10-0). She went undefeated in the pole vault during her senior year, winning all 11 of the pole vault competitions she was entered in. Bray was a seven-time letterwinner for the Wildcats. She was also a First Team All-Greater Spokane League selection on seven occasions with three in gymnastics and four in track. She excelled in the classroom and was the valedictorian with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Bray was also the DECA President and a National Honor Society member.
Trenton Osborn – Jumps – East Wenatchee,
Wash. – Eastmont HS ‘13
Osborn hit his personal-best mark of 24-2 1/2 in the long jump at the Big 9 District Championships. That jump was an Eastmont school record, the longest leap of all Washington competitors in 2013 and the ninth-best mark in the nation. He had a winning effort of 23-0 in the long jump at the 2013 WIAA 4A State Championships after placing second in 2012 (22-0) and third in 2011 (21-7). He was named to the Big 9 All-Conference team in the long jump (first-team 2011, 2012), 4x100 relay (second-team 2011, 2012), 4x400 relay (honorable mention- 2011) and 200 (honorable mention- 2012). Osborn has other personal bests in the 100 (11.31), 200 (22.49) and 400 (51.42). In football, he was named to the Associated Press All-State First Team as a wide receiver and defensive back.
D’onna Robinson – Throws - Gladstone, Ore.
– Gladstone HS ‘13
Robinson won the discus for her third-consecutive year with a toss of 132-7 at the OSAA 4A State Championships. She won the event in 2012 with a toss of 135-6 and won the 2011 discus as well with a throw of 123-7. Robinson has also competed in the shot put, placing second at the 4A state meet for two straight years. She was third in the shot put during her sophomore year. This season, the Gladstone Gladiator reached personal bests of 144-2 in the discus and 41-5 in the shot put. That mark in the discus ranked second in the state of Oregon. Robinson has also been a competitor at the USATF Junior Olympics.
Catie Arrigoni – XC/Distance – Oroville, Wash. – Oroville HS ’11/ Everett CC
Arrigoni helped the Everett Trojans earn their second-consecutive title at the NWAACC Cross Country Championships, placing seventh in a time of 19:02.95 to earn All-America honors. At the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational, she ran 18:40.83 to place 17th. Arrigoni also had a top-ten finish at the Sundodger Invite, placing ninth on the 6,000-meter course with a time of 22:37.42 in the open section. In track, her best event was the 3,000-meter steeplechase in which she had a personal best of 10:59.70 at the WWU Twilight Meet, a time that would put Arrigoni second all-time at Eastern. She also ran a time of 17:54.50 in the 5,000 at the WWU Ralph Vannechia Invitational. That time would put Arrigoni on the top ten lists at Eastern. At the 2013 NWAACC Championships, Arrigoni won the steeplechase with a time of 11:27.16 and placed third in the 5,000 (18:35.73).
Janessa Day – Sprints – Cheney, Wash.
– Cheney HS ‘13
After placing third in the 400 at the last two WIAA 2A State Championships, Day moved up to place second at the 2013 state meet, running a personal best of 56.98. She also placed sixth in the 200 at the state finals, running 25.93. Day has been an All-Greater Northern League selection in each season for the 400, 200, 4x200 and 4x400. She has also been named female sprinter of the year in 2011 and 2012. Her other personal bests came in the 200 (25.65), 100 (13.24) and 800 (2:19.80). Her father, Jay Day, played football for the Eagles in 1992 and 1995.
Paige Hammock – Hurdles/Sprints – Maple
Valley, Wash. – Tahoma HS ‘13
Hammock placed second in the 300 hurdles at the WIAA 4A State Championships with a personal-best time of 43.99. She placed ninth in the 100 hurdles, running 15.40 in the prelims. Hammock was a member of Tahoma’s 4x100 relay team which won the state title during her freshman 2010 season. Her 4x200 team also placed second that year. In 2011, both of those relays set new school records of 48.16 (4x100) and 1:41.20 (4x200) while each placing second at the 2011 state meet. Her personal bests have come in the 100 (12.66), 200 (26.37), 100 hurdles (15.03). Hammock was a letterwinner for the Tahoma Bears in all four years of track and three years of soccer.
Austin Oser – XC/Distance – Kennewick, Wash.
– Kamiakin HS ‘13
Oser placed 10th at the WIAA 3A State Cross Country Championships, running a time of 15:49.6 on the 5,000-meter course and helping Kamiakin to a second-place finish overall. He also placed 13th at the NXN Northwest Regionals, running 16:03.1. He was a four-year state competitor in cross country and was also named First Team All-Conference his senior year. In track, Oser has personal bests in the 1,600 (4:20.83), 3,000 (9:01.49) and 3,200 (9:21.25).
Isaac Kitzan – XC/Distance – Spokane, Wash.
– North Central HS ‘13
Kitzan placed 12th at the WIAA 3A Cross Country State Championships, running a time of 15:50.7 on the 5,000-meter course to help North Central High School claim the state title. He placed 33rd at the state meet during his junior year in another first-place effort by the Indians. In track, Kitzan’s best times came in the 800 (2:01.54), 1,600 (4:21.22) and 3,200 (9:18.71). He lettered six times in cross country and track and field for North Central.
Dakota Parker – XC/Distance – Chehalis,
Wash. – William F. West HS ‘11/ Boise State
At Boise State, Parker raced in five meets for the Broncos in each of his two cross country seasons with the team. His best time of 25:26.30 in the 8K came at the 2011 Santa Clara Invite, where he placed 70th. Parker was third at the 2012 Boise State Invite, running a time of 16:00 on the 5,000-meter course. He competed for W.F, West High School and was a state qualifier in all four years of cross country. He had finishes of eighth (2010), second (2009), 15th (2008) and 68th (2007) at the WIAA 2A Cross Country State Championships. In track, Parker placed third in both the 1,600 (4:20.85) and 3,200 (9:26.54) at the 2011 state meet. His personal bests came in the 800 (1:55.88), 1,600 (4:19.10), mile (4:36.19), 3,200 (9:25.90), 2k steeplechase (6:36.94), 6K (19:17.65 XC) and 10K (30:34 XC).
Paula Gil – Distance – Spain
Hailing from Spain, Gil had personal bests in the 800 (2:13.80) and 1,500 (4:41.42). She was second in the 1,500 at the Spain national U19 Championships. Gil is currently training for the Spanish Junior National Championships and hopes to meet a standard for the Junior World Championships this summer. Duplicating that time in the 800 would vault her onto each of the top ten lists at Eastern.
Andrew Morgan – Jumps – Spokane, Wash.
– University HS ‘13
Morgan won the high jump at the Greater Spokane League District 8 Championships with a personal-best clearance of 6-8. He cleared his next best height of 6-6 on two occasions, including a second-place finish in a dual meet with Ferris (2013) and a first-place effort against Lewis and Clark and Rogers. Morgan was an eight-time letterwinner for the Titans, including four in track, three in football and one in basketball. He was named First Team All-Greater Spokane League during his senior year in track and also received honorable mention in football. Morgan has also tried his hand in the multi-events, with his other best marks coming in the decathlon (4,772), 300 hurdles (47.48), shot put (31-5), javelin (115-1), pole vault (12-0) and long jump (18-11).
Paige Monson – Sprints – Kenmore, Wash.
– Inglemoor HS ‘13
Monson placed third in the 400 at the WIAA 4A State Championships, running a personal-best time of 56.65. She also ran on the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams for Inglemoor, which placed fifth (1:43.86) and seventh (3:59.32) at state, respectively. Monson showed great improvement in the 400 during her senior year, trimming nearly four seconds off her time over the course of the season. Replicating that time in the 400 would put Monson on the top ten all-time lists at Eastern. She also had personal bests in the 100 (12.44) and 200 (26.14).
Erin Clark – Pole Vault – Cheney, Wash.
– Cheney HS ‘13
Clark placed fifth in the pole vault at the WIAA 2A State Championships for the second-straight season, clearing the bar at 11-6. She hit her personal-best jump of 12-0 in a first-place effort at a Greater Northern League meet against West Valley and Colville, the fifth-best mark in the state of Washington this year. Replicating her personal best would put the Cheney, Wash., native on the top ten lists at Eastern.