Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
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This Week in Idaho Track & Field
Idaho Collegiate (Friday, Feb. 15)
Idaho Open II (Saturday, Feb. 16)
In its final competition before the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, Idaho hosts a pair of home meets this weekend. The team hosts the Idaho Collegiate on Friday, with track events starting at 1 p.m. (PT). Saturday's Idaho Open II will kick off on the track with the heptathlon 60m hurdles at 8:30 a.m. The open portion of the meet will start at 10 a.m. with the women's 3000m. The meet will feature competitors from Washington State, Washington, Eastern Washington, Whitworth, Eastern Oregon, Lewis-Clark State, Concordia, Gonzaga and Community Colleges of Spokane, in addition to Idaho.
This is the first year for Idaho hosting these two extra home meets, but the last time Idaho competed on its home track, the team produced a strong set of career-best marks and WAC leaders in the Vandal Indoor, Vandal Collegiate and Vandal Open at the Kibbie Dome on Feb. 1-3.
A Quick Recap
A Western Athletic Conference all-time record fell and Idaho produced multiple top marks at the Husky Classic and UW Indoor Open at Seattle, Wash. Junior Hannah Kiser smashed her own WAC and school records in the women's 3000m with a fourth-place time of 9:04.74 in the invitational section of the race at the Husky Classic. The time ranks fifth-fastest in the NCAA so far this year and is nearly three seconds faster than her previous record time of 9:07.23. Seniors Liga Velvere (2:07.95) and Lauren Schaffer (2:09.33) went 1-2 in the women's 800m with times that rank first and third in the WAC this season, respectively. Junior Kyle Rothwell added a career-best and WAC-leading throw of 62-10 (19.15m) to win the men's weight throw at the meet.
Tops in the WAC
With one week of competition remaining before the WAC Championships, Vandals lead the WAC in five events. Junior Hannah Kiser has the league's top marks in the women's mile (4:45.01) and 3000m (9:04.74), the latter of which is a conference record. Sophomore Ben Ayesu-Attah leads the WAC in the men's 400m (47.37), while junior Kyle Rothwell has the top mark in the men's weight throw (62-10). Senior Liga Velvere is tops in the women's 800m with a time of 2:07.95.
Kiser Makes Another Mark
Junior distance runner Hannah Kiser smoked her own Western Athletic Conference all-time record in the 3000m on Saturday at the Husky Classic. She was the second collegian and fourth overall finisher in the invitational section of the event with a time of 9:04.74 to bust her own previous record of 9:07.23, from the same meet last season. The time is also fifth-best in the NCAA this season and has Kiser in a position to qualify for her second-consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship if she maintains a top-16 national ranking through the next three weeks.
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