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Smollack inks with WSU

Oak Harbor High School senior Mietra Smollack has signed a letter of intent to attend Washington State University and become a member of the Cougars’ track team.

The Wildcats’ 2007 female athlete of the year said WSU offered her a full-ride scholarship.

“They are going to pay for everything except my room and board,” she said.

Smollack is the daughter of Della and Steve Smollack, and has been a life-long resident of Oak Harbor.

She is a three-sport athlete for Oak Harbor and excels not only in track, but also in cross country and basketball.

Coming off a great 2007 track season where she won the WesCo North district championships in the 800 and 1,600 meter runs, Smollack followed up those performances with a fourth-place finish in the Class 4A 1,600 meter race at the state track meet.

“I also finished either sixth or seventh in the 800, I don’t remember for sure,” she said.

Oak Harbor track coach Eric Peterson said Smollack holds the school record in both the 800- and 1,600-meter events.

This past fall, she ran to a fourth-place finish in the WesCo District cross country meet and finished 16th at the state meet in Pasco.

If those accomplishments weren’t enough, she was voted a first-team WesCo North all-star basketball player in 2007 and was recently named a first-team all star again this season.

Smollack said she has been competing in track since her freshman year.

Peterson said she is relatively new to the cross country distances and has only been competing for two years, and expects her to have another great track season for the Wildcats in 2008.

“I expect her to be a phenomenal runner in college,” he said. “She still has a long way to go and hasn’t even come close to her potential.”

Smollack’s grandmother, Doris, also attended WSU.

“Her grandmother was a student back in the 1930s and I think that might have something to do with her wanting to go there,” Steve Smollack said.

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