Warrior coach Mike Collins and the Lewis-Clark State College track and cross country programs have announced the signing of a pair of runners for the 2013-14 season in Angela Knishka of Cashmere, Wash. and Jason Raymond of Nampa, Idaho.
Both Knishka and Raymond will run track and cross country for the Warriors after graduating from their respective high schools in the spring of 2013.
Knishka is a standout runner and basketball player at Cashmere High School in the Wenatchee Valley. She is a four-year varsity letter-winner in both cross country and basketball and has been an integral part of the Bulldogs’ latest run of athletic success.
She won her second consecutive Caribou Trail League cross country championship in 2012 and was named the CTL’s runner of the year following the fall season. Knishka has finished in the top 10 at the Class 1A state meet in each of the past two seasons.
Last spring, Knishka placed eighth at the Class 1A state track championships in the 400 meters, fifth in the 800 meters, and anchored the 4x200 and 4x400 relays that each finished second.
This came on the heels of a junior track season that saw Knishka earn CTL Runner of the Year honors and set a school record in the 400 meters in a second-place state performance.
On the basketball court, Knishka is a four-year varsity starter under Cashmere coach Chris Cloakey and was a second-team All-CTL pick as a freshman before earning first-team honors as a sophomore and junior.
She had the chance to partner with her younger sister Breanne to lead the Bulldogs to within a game of the Class 1A state tournament in 2012-13. She is also active in FBLA and National and Spanish Honor Society at CHS.
“We think Angela has a huge amount of potential,” Collins said. “She has great wheels and has shown some promise at the shorter events like the 400 and 800 in track. Our goal will be to help her take advantage of this speed in cross country. We are very excited about adding her to our family here.”
Raymond earned three varsity letters in cross country for the Columbia High Wildcats in Nampa, and will take home his third track letter this spring.
In cross country Raymond qualified for the state championships in all three seasons, the first with Skyview as a sophomore in 2010 before transferring to Columbia as a junior.
He wrapped up his prep career in Lewiston at the 4A state championships on Oct. 27 at Hells Gate State Park, finishing 41st individually and helping Columbia take sixth place in the team standings.
Raymond’s career best time of 17:03 came on the 5K course at the Bugtown Invite 4A/5A county championships in Caldwell, Idaho on Oct. 11.
On the track, Raymond set career bests last spring with times of 4:54.61 at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Columbia and 10:25.90 at the 4A District III meet at Mountain Home.
Raymond also earned academic awards in each of the past three years for keeping his GPA at 3.5.
“Jason’s high school coach talked about how Jason is in his office every week, asking about how he can get better,” Collins said. “He also talked about how hard of a worker he is and how he made the team better. We fully anticipate Jason bringing these qualities with him next fall. We are already excited about the 2013 season and believe Jason is going to play an important role in the team’s success.”