Brandon Bobb signs NLIs for Cougar Track & Field.

Brandon Bobb signs NLIs for Cougar Track & Field.

PULLMAN, Wash. -- A Canadian sprinter and the top hurdler in the state of Washington have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and compete for Washington State University starting in the fall of 2013, Cougar Track & Field Head Coach Rick Sloan announced Friday.

Brandon Bobb, a sprinter from Ajax, Ontario, Canada, and Daniel Zmuda, a hurdler from DuPont, Wash., will join the Cougars track and field program next year.

Bobb is a senior at St. Charles Garnier School and will graduate in June. His athletic background includes playing hockey, soccer, and basketball in addition to competing in track and field. Bobb ran the 100m in a time of 10.49 for fourth place at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) 2012 championships after earning a bronze medal in the 100m at the 2010 meet. Last year at the New Balance Indoor National meet Bobb won a silver medal in the 60m dash. He plans to study business at WSU.

"With only two years of sprinting under his belt, Brandon Bobb has already reached great success on the track," WSU Assistant Coach Ellannee Richardson said. "Brandon has a tremendous amount of foot speed and will be an immediate contributor within our sprints program. We are very excited that he will be joining our program next year. Brandon comes from an amazing family. His humble demeanor and his appetite to learn will take him very far both athletically and academically here at Washington State. I'm really looking forward to working with Brandon next year."

"Coach Richardson has brought another Canadian down from the Great White North," Sloan said. "Brandon is a neophyte when it comes to sprinting; he was a hockey player and has only been running track a short time. It shows he has the power and leg speed as he's very good at the 60-meters and after conditioning and strengthening he will be able to carry that power through the longer distances. I think we have a diamond in the rough in Brandon Bobb."

Tony Sharpe helps score scholarships for track and field stars

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Sharpe, the former Canadian Olympian, runs the Speed Academy, a developmental track and field club in Pickering, which has helped dozens of athletes get NCAA scholarships.

The club was founded in 2006 and Sharpe left his corporate account manager’s job at Bell to track athletes full-time a few years later.

“I’m a full-time coach, you know, not something people do often in Canada,” says Sharpe, 59, adding about 50 Speed Academy athletes have received scholarships.