September 12, 2008

Eagle Track & Field Announces Five Newcomers

Sept. 12, 2008

Two high school athletes and three transfers will attend Eastern Washington University and compete in track and field for the Eagles when school starts later this month.

Letter of intent signees include a pair of Washington high school recruits -- distance runner Kyle King from Coupeville and sprinter Brad Wall from Vancouver. The newcomers also include Community Colleges of Spokane transfers Kurt Williams out of Snohomish, Wash., and thrower David Howard from East Valley High School in Spokane. The fifth newcomer is Ben Cogdill, a jumper from Estacada (Ore.) High School who is already familiar with the Big Sky Conference by competing for Portland State. 


Kurt Williams Jumps Jr. TR Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS ’06 & CC of Spokane)
Kurt Williams is a transfer from Community College of Spokane where he competed in the high jump, triple jump and long jump. In 2008, he was named men’s team captain, and at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Championships he finished second in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. In 2007 at the championships, he finished sixth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump in the NWAACC. He has a personal best in the high jump of 6-2 3/4, long jump of 22-0 1/4 and triple jump of 44-0 3/4.

Brad Wall Sprints Fr. HS Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen-Vancouver ’08)
Brad Wall won the 400 meters and finished ninth in the 200 at the 2008 WIAA State 4A Championships. His best times were in the 100 (11.30), 200 (22.47) and 400 (48.59). 

David Howard Throws Jr. TR Spokane, Wash. (East Valley HS ’05 & CC of Spokane)
David Howard, a transfer from Community College of Spokane, competed in the shot put, hammer, discus and javelin. In 2008, he was men’s team captain and at the NWAACC Championships defended his title in the shot put, was second in the discus, fifth in the javelin and 14th in the hammer. In 2007, Howard was the NWAACC champion in the shot put, and finished third in the discus and fifth in the hammer. His personal best marks are in the shot put (50-1), hammer (145-0), discus (151-7) and javelin (177-10).

Ben Cogdill Jumps Jr. TR Estacada, Ore. (Estacada HS ’06 & Portland State Univ.)
Ben Cogdill a transfer from Portland State University, finished fourth (15-6 1/2) in the pole vault at the 2007 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships and seventh (15-1) at the outdoor championships. His best jump came at the UTEP Springtime Invitational with a mark of 15-9. In high school, Cogdill had his best jump of 16-0 at the Adidas Golden West Invitational to finish his high school career sixth in the nation. He won the Oregon 3A championship in the pole vault his senior year.

Kyle King Distance Fr. HS Coupeville, Wash. (Coupeville HS ’08)
Kyle King finished first in the 3,200 meters (9:43.24) and second in the 1,600 meters (2:23.10) at the WIAA State 1A Championships. He also competed in the 800 where he finished second in the conference with a personal-best time of 1:58.62. His personal bests are in the 1,600 (2:20.06) and 3,200 (9:13.67). As a senior, King won the East/West Senior All-Star race in the 5,000 meters out of 51 athletes. He competed in cross country at Oak Harbor High School where he finished 11th at State in the 5,000 meters.

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