King signs letter of intent to compete for UW
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
February 6, 2011 · 12:35 PM
Tyler King, a senior at Coupeville High School, signed a letter of intent last week to compete for the University of Washington next year.
King, a Washington state high school track and cross country champion, plans to compete in both sports for the Huskies.
King was recruited by many schools and made official trips to the University of Colorado, Boise State University and the University of Portland, but chose the UW because he felt a “good connection between with the coaches and the guys on the team.”
He is excited to jump from Coupeville to the Pac-12, one of the most prestigious athletic conferences in the country. Not one to shy away from competition, King looks forward to seeing were he “stacks up at that level.”
King may red shirt this fall. He said, “If I am one of the top five (those who score in the cross country meets), I will probably run. If not, I may red shirt. I’ll run the first meet unattached and see what happens.”
King, an honor student at Coupeville, is undecided on a major but likes the wide variety of academic choices offered at the University of Washington.
Randy King, Tyler’s father and his basketball and track coach at CHS, said, “We are really pleased with his choice; we are really impressed by the coaches down there. It will be fun to watch him compete in the Pac-12.”
Tyler King’s brother Kyle currently competes for Eastern Washington University and the Eagles and Huskies are slated to meet this fall in cross country and the two schools could also cross paths in the Western Regional. Tyler King said he is “looking forward” to running against his brother and that “it should be interesting.”Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.