May 27, 2009

Eagles Sign Nine Track and Field Athletes

Two Spokane high school athletes sign letters of intent, along with six-time state champion Whitney Leavitt

Nine high school athletes from the state of Washington have committed to attend Eastern Washington University and compete in track and field for the Eagles.

One of the signees is Whitney Leavitt, who will compete for Kiona Benton High School Friday and Saturday (May 29-30) at the WIAA 1B, 2B, 1A Track and Field Championships at EWU's Woodward Field. She is the three-time state track champion in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters and will defend both titles this week. The heavily-favored Leavitt recorded times of 12.04 (converted from 11.8 hand time) and 25.14 (converted from 24.9) at last week's district meet.

Other signees include Spokane athletes Jordan Curnutt from Mead High School and Gregory Barnes from Central Valley High School. Curnutt finished 11th at the 2008 WIAA 4A Cross Country Championships with a time of 15:52. He finished second in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 1:52.46 at the 2009 GSL 4A District Championships and went on to finish second at the regional meet.

Barnes won the 110 hurdles as a junior with a time of 15.48 at the GSL 4A District Championships. His best time as a senior came at the first meet of the year with a time of 15.2 (hand time), but hasn't competed since April 18.

The other female athlete signed is Elizabeth Jepsen from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick. Other male athletes committed or signed include Cody Fishel from Kentwood High School in Covington, Anthony Johnson from Garfield High School in Seattle, Jonathan Buchanan from East Valley High School in Yakima, Peter Gilbert from Pasco High School, Pasco and Marlyn Anderson from Snohomish High School, Snohomish.

 

Elizabeth Jepsen - Kennwick, Wash., (Kamiakin HS '09)
-- Jepsen finished fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.21), second in the high jump (5-2) and second in the triple jump (35-8 1/4) at the CBBN 4A District Meet. She went on to finish seventh in the 100 hurdles, second in the high jump and second in the triple jump with a career-best jump of 36-10 at the regional meet. As a sophomore, she was the State 4A high jump champion and finished second as a junior.

Marlyn Anderson - Snohomish, Wash., (Snohomish HS '09)
-- Anderson finished first in both the discus (168-3) and the shot put (56-9 1/2) at the 4A District 1 Championships as a senior. As a junior, he finished third in the shot put with a mark of 49-7 and fourth in the discus with a mark of 157-2 at the State 4A Championships. He has career-best marks of 57-5 in the shot put marks and 168-10 in the discus.

Cody Fishel - Covington, Wash., (Kentwood High School '09)
-- Fishel finished fourth in the high jump with a mark of 6-4 at the West Central District 4A Championships. His career-best high jump came as a junior with a mark of 6-7. He has a career-best 400 meters with a time of 55.3 as a senior.

Anthony Johnson - Seattle, Wash., (Garfield HS '09)
-- Johnson finished second in the high jump (6-2) and second in the long jump (21-6 1/2) at the Kingco Championships. His career-best mark in the high jump of 6-8 came his senior year and as a junior he had a career-best long jump mark of 21-9 3/4.

Peter Gilbert - Pasco, Wash., (Pasco HS '09)
-- Gilbert finished second in the 800 meters (1:58.24) and ninth in the 1,600 meters (4:30.15) at the CBBN 4A District Championships. At the regional meet, he finished fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.09. He had career-best times during his junior season in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.27 and in the 3,200 meters of 10:03.91. As a senior, he has had career-best times in the 1,500 meters of 4:17.4 and 1,600 of 4:30.15.

Jonathan Buchanan - Yakima, Wash., (East Valley HS '09)
-- Buchanan finished first in both the shot put (59-6 1/2) and in the discus (160-9) at the CWAC District Meet. As a junior, Buchanan finished first in the shot put with a mark of 55-10 and fourth in the discus with a toss of 152-11 at the State 2A Championships. His career-best throw in the shot put of 59-11 and in the discus of 172-6 came his senior year.

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