Nov. 28, 2000
SEATTLE-- University of Washington track coach Orin Richburg announced the signing of three athletes to compete for UW during the 2001-2002 season.
Piper Hope, hailing from Orofino, Idaho, along with Cherron Davis, out of Auburn, Wash., and Tye Scott, from Veradale, Wash., have all committed to the Huskies by way of national letters of intent during the early signing period.
Hope, a senior at Orofino High School, is a two-time Class 2A Idaho state champion in the shot put and discus events. She set a USATF Inland Northwest Association record in the hammer throw as a junior, and took fourth in the event at the Golden West Invitational that same year. Hope has earned national recognition for her efforts and was ranked 10th in the nation among high school girls in the hammer throw by Track & Field News in 2000. She boasts personal bests of 43-1 in the shot put, 145-8 in the discus, 146-10 in the hammer and 45-10 with the indoor weight. Hope is also a national honor society member with a 3.4 GPA.
Washington throws coach Chad McKinney said Hope will bring talent and experience to the Huskies.
"Team-wise, Piper is probably the one girl that will be a Pac-10 scorer for us in three events as soon as she gets here," McKinney said. "Individually, I see her as a discus and hammer competitor on the national level within the next couple of years. She has a lot of experience and solid coaching in her background. She just needs more reps and more time training with athletes at or above her level."
Davis, a senior at Auburn Riverside High School, was the Class 4A Washington State champion in the shot put as a junior. She was also the state runner-up in the discus at Star Track 2000. Davis boasts an undefeated record in league dual meets over the past two years. She was voted 1999 and 2000 female field athlete of the year for Auburn Riverside High, while setting the S.P.S.L. sub-district meet record in the shot put the latter of those two years. Davis placed fifth in the shot at the 2000 Arcadia Invitational, as well as, acting as track team captain for two years and notching First Team All-League track honors three years running. A well-rounded student-athlete, Davis was voted most inspirational on the golf team and boasts a 3.9 GPA.
McKinney said Davis is a strong addition to the Husky squad for she too will have an immediate scoring impact at the PAC-10 level for UW.
"Cherron is obviously the number one girl in the state of Washington, just as Piper is in Idaho." McKinney continues, "It is common sense to keep the best at home. It was a priority for us to keep her in our own backyard. She packs a heavy punch in the shot put (46-2) and discus (147-6). Her competitive fire in all she sets her mind to do will serve her well as she rises in the collegiate ranks."
Scott, a senior at Central Valley High School in Spokane, Wash., was runner-up at the Class 4A State meet as a sophomore in the javelin. He finished third at the meet despite crippling injuries at the finale of his junior campaign. He is a two-time GSL District champion in the javelin, and has set the school class record for each of the last three years at Central Valley. Scott, who boasts a 3.61 GPA, has four of the top 10 all-time throws at Central Valley. He has earned three track letters and has lettered in football as a free safety. Scott turned down a football scholarship at Michigan State to come and throw javelin for the University of Washington.
"Tye has the most undiscovered potential in the javelin I have seen in the high school ranks for a long time," McKinney said. "He has a 6-5 frame and plenty of room to fill out. He has amazing speed and is one of the fastest people on his high school track team. He will come in as a near-sophomore academically and his priorities are right in line with our program. He is the cream of the crop both academically and athletically. He is a phenomenal competitor. With a few additions to what he has now, he will mold himself into an All-American over the next four years."
McKinney closed his comments by adding, "all too often, the best high school throwers in the Northwest are lured out of the area by schools all over the nation. Our kids (in general) are bigger, stronger and mentally tougher because of the climate and geographic area in which they compete. These three athletes represent a sample of the best the Northwest has to offer. We feel very privileged that they have chosen the University of Washington as their home for the next four years. We hope it is a trend that continues."