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Washington State gets top notch track recruit

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PULLMAN, Wash.  - Greg Hornsby, Jr., an outstanding high school sprinter from California, has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2009, Cougar Track & Field Head Coach Rick Sloan announced last week.

Hornsby hails from Moreno Valley, Calif., and graduated from Rancho Verde High in May of this year. He has run the 100m dash in a time of 10.69 seconds and the 200m in a time of 21.41 seconds. He placed eighth in the 200m at the state meet after being the runner-up in the 200m at the CIF Division I meet. Hornsby was a strong contributor to the success of the Rancho Verde High relay teams with the 4x400m relay winning the CIF title after taking third at the prestigious Penn Relays, and the 4x100m relay going undefeated and winning the league title. The RV Mustangs boys team was runner-up in the CIF team standings this spring. His older sister, Jessika Hornsby, is a sprinter on the San Diego State women's track and field team. Hornsby also competed for the Moreno Valley Rockets Track Club and coach Al Phannix.

"Greg is a very talented sprinter who will help us in a lot of different areas on the track. I am confident he will score in the conference as a freshman in the short sprints and help us significantly on both relays," WSU Assistant Coach and sprints/relays mentor Ellannee Richardson said. "With Leavitt, Williams and Woods graduating this year, it became critical for us to find more legs for our relays. Greg is the type of athlete that can step in as a freshman and fill these holes for us. I watched him split low 47 at the California state meet on the 4x4 and I was amazed at the amount of determination and relaxation that he ran with. Greg comes from one of the best sprint programs in the state of California, Rancho Verde High. He has great experience competing against a high level of competition, which will help his transition into the Pac-10 conference. His coaches describe him as a team player, great leader and dedicated student. He will go very far and have a lot of success within our program with these traits."

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