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June 5, 2008

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Karissa Carlson, a double State Champion at the recent Washington 1B Championships, has committed to run cross country and track and field for the Geoducks.

Carlson, representing Pateros High School, competed in three events at the May 24th Champs, finished 2nd in the 800 meters, 1st in the 1600 meters and 1st in the 3200 meters. During the season, Carlson posted seasons best of 2:19.33, 5:11.47 and 11:42.80 in the respective events.

"Karissa one of the stronger athletes in the state. She's focused and determined" states head coach Craig Dickson. "She is an outstanding addition to a good team and has great potential as a college runner".

Coming from a family of runners, Carlson is the youngest of four successful athletes. She currently has a sister, Karinda Carlson, who is one of the top runners at nearby Saint Martin's University. Her older brother, Nathan Carlson, was an All-American athlete at St. Martin's. Coach Dickson knows the Carlson family well, having been an assistant coach at SMU during Nathan's freshman year.

Carlson has experience at the college level. Because of the small size of her high school and surrounding schools, she would often make the trip with her parents to compete in the same meets as her siblings. "Karissa has run in both the SMU and Evergreen Cross Country home meets" illustrates Dickson. At the later meet, she finished 33rd overall last season, just behind top Evergreen runners Ana Casillas and Emily Uhlig. Carlson went on to place 7th in the 2007 1B Washington State Cross Country Championships.

Already an accomplished photographer, the high school senior was impressed by Evergreen's offerings and facilities in that field. Carlson will enroll in classes this summer at Evergreen before the fall Cross Country season.