Spartans Sign 1st Hurdler & Adds State Champion Sprinter

DeAndrea Powell has the strength to run the curve in the 4x100 meter relay.

March 11, 2014

Makayla Webb, one of the top hurdlers among California high school seniors, and DeAndrea Powell, a member of a record-setting Texas state champion relay team, signed a National Letter-of-Intent to enroll at San José State University in the 2014 Fall semester and participate in the Spartans women's track and field program. Jeff Petersmeyer, San Jose State's track and field head coach made the announcement.

Webb currently attends Valley High in Sacramento and is the first hurdle specialist joining the San Jose State program. At the start of the 2014 outdoor season, she ranks as the #6 returning senior in 300-meter hurdles and #12 returning senior in the 100-meter hurdles in the state. As a high school junior, Webb captured the 2013 C.I.F. San Joaquin Section Divisions II 100 meter and 300-meter hurdle championships and qualified for the C.I.F. California High School championship meet. She earned Dyestat National Elite honors in the 300 hurdles and a California State Elite in the 100 hurdles. Webb has career bests of 14.93 in the 100 hurdles and 43.67 in the 300-meter hurdles.

"We are excited to add Makayla to our signing class. She's our first California signee and Coach Watson's first hurdler. She made the transition last year from being strictly a short sprinter to the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdle events," says Petersmeyer. "Coach (Kelley) Watson and I believe she has a bright future in the hurdles for us in the Mountain West Conference."

Powell runs the 60, 100 and 200 meter dashes for Kennedale (Texas) High, located minutes away from Arlington, Texas. In 2013, she ran the third legs on the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams that finished first and second, respectively, at the Texas 3A state championship meet in Austin, Texas. She was the 200-meter champion at the Texas District 6, Class 3A meet in Mineral Wells, Texas. Her best time of 7.86 in the 60-meter dash ranks her fourth among 2014 high school seniors in Texas.



"De'Andrea is our third signee from the Metroplex (Dallas-Fort Worth) and we are really excited about her range in the sprints for our program," the San Jose State head coach states. "She has run against the best in Texas and was a part of a state championship 4 x 100 meter relay. I am confident she has a big upside for us at San Jose State."

Webb and Powell bring the total of signees to six for the 2014-15 season. Previously, sprinter Caitlin Wilson of Godby High in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelsey Johnson-Upshaw of Timberview High and Nicole Iloanya of Bowie High, two schools in Arlington, Texas, and Cambree Harbuagh from Mountain View High in Meridian, Idaho signed a National Letter-of-Intent.