The Oregon State track & field program has signed sprinters/jumpers Danelle Woodcock and Alissa Melvin to national letters of intent for the 2017-18 season, coach Kelly Sullivan announced Tuesday.
Woodcock, from Barlow High in Gresham, is a sophomore at Mt. Hood Community College. Melvin is a senior at St. David High in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Woodcock was named the outstanding athlete of the meet at the Northwest Athletic Conference championships in 2016 after she won the 100 meters (12.23), the 200 meters (24.88) and the long jump (18-5.75) as a freshman at MHCC.
As a senior at Barlow, she took first place in the 100 (12.01), 200 (25.08) and 400 relay (46.72), and was third in the long jump (17-8.50) at the 2015 6A state championships.
Melvin has PRs of 14.13 in the 100 hurdles, 18-2 in the long jump and 39-2 in the triple jump, an event she just recently took up, set at various provincial meets this past spring.
Former Cottage Grove track standout Destiny Dawson will join the program for the 2017 season after transferring from University of Hawaii. A javelin specialist, she will have three seasons of indoor eligibility and two of outdoor eligibility. She is a civil engineering major.
Dawson placed fourth in the javelin at the 2016 Big West Conference championships with an all-time best throw of 146-8. That mark would be a school record at OSU; rising junior McKenzie Byrd set the existing standard of 144-3 while placing fifth at the 2016 Pacific-12 Conference meet.
Also, South Dakota native Adam Dunn joined the program as the pole vault coach. He had worked at Wisconsin-Whitewater the past five seasons.