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Oak Harbor track star Shantae Young signs with WSU
Oak Harbor's Shantae Young signed a letter of intent June 16 to compete for the Washington State University track team.
Young, who holds the Oak Harbor High School record in the long jump (18-03.5) and triple jump (38-06.5), was also a standout sprinter for the Wildcats. She will concentrate on the jumps for the Cougars.
WSU started recruiting Young after seeing her perform in the state 4A meet last month. Prior to that, Young said Portland State University and Western Washington University were her strongest suitors.
She visited the Washington State campus and "really liked" her visit. That trip and the opportunity to compete at the highest collegiate level on scholarship helped her decide to pick WSU.
Young competed for Oak Harbor for two years after moving from Pace, Fla.
In the state 4A meet her junior year she placed seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump. This spring she placed third in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump.
Young also played basketball for Oak Harbor and Pace and at one time envisioned herself as a college basketball player.
She said, "I focused more on basketball until I moved to Oak Harbor and realized I had greater potential in track."