Nov. 28, 2006
Kersee Lind of Hermiston, Ore., has signed an official letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and compete for the men's track team in the 2007-2008 season.
At the 2006 U.S. Track and Field Oregon Association Championships, Lind won the title as a junior with 6202 total points. He scored 778 points in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.6. In the 1500 meters he finished with a time of 4:28.5 for 754 points and also scored over 700 points in the 400 meter race with a time of 53.5 for 703 points.
"He scored 700 points in those three events, so we know he is good in those already and will need work on a few other events," said head coach Stan Kerr.
Besides the decathalon, Kerr said Kersee will compete in the 55 hurdles and heptathalon indoors. Outdoors, the 110 hurdles and the 400 hurdles.
"It is exciting to have someone of Kersee's caliber," said Kerr. "The marks he posted as a junior are very strong. Coming in with that experience he already has that decathlete mindset which is critical in a young athlete. At 17 to 18 years old he already knows that takes two hard days of competing and in college sometimes it takes athletes three years to get to that point. He is already ahead a lot of the group in that respect."