Corissa Yasen was an exceptional athlete at Coeur d’Alene High School graduating in 1992. During her freshman year in 1988-1989 she was 11th at the state cross-country meet and was 2nd in the long jump at the state meet. In her sophomore year she was the state cross country champion and was state champion in the long jump and high jump. She placed 2nd in the 400 meters.
Her junior year she won a state championship on the varsity basketball team and helped the Vikings place first at the state track meet. Individually she place first at the state meet in the long jump, high jump 200 meters and the 4x200 relay. She was also awarded the National Scholastic High School Indoor High Jump champion.
During her senior year she placed 4th at the state cross-country meet, won another state basketball championship and took first in the long jump, high jump, 4x400 relay and took 2nd in the 200 meters. Corrissa still holds the Idaho State high jump record. She was named Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1992 and again was the National Scholastic High School Outdoor High Jump champion.
Corissa Yasen was a nine-time NCAA track and field All-American, ten times Big-10 Champion at Purdue University, and the 1996 NCAA heptathlon champion. After using up her track eligibility, she played one year of basketball at Purdue, averaging 11.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, helping the Boilermakers advance to the NCAA Tournament.
She was selected to play for the Sacramento Monarchs, one of the eight initial teams in the women’s NBA in 1997. She also qualified for the Olympic Track and Field Trials in 1992 for the high jump and in 1996 for the high jump and heptathlon.