This Week in Vandal Track and Field: War VI Regional Dual (Apr. 13) Spokane, Wash.
Looking Forward The Vandals will be at full force Saturday as they compete at the WAR VI regional dual. The meet hosted by Spokane Falls CC pits Washington schools against those from Montana, Idaho and Oregon.
Historically Speaking Idaho won 11 individual crowns last year at the meet. Senior Mike Marshall (Javelin Throw), sophomore Matt Sullivan (Pole Vault), junior Andrew Bloom (400m), senior Jason Lorentz (Long Jump), senior Rendel Jones (Triple Jump), junior Andrey Levkiv (Shot Put), junior Kyle Rothwell (Hammer Throw), and Andrew Blasser (110m Hurdles) all won titles for the Vandal men last season, in addition to the three Vandal wins from sophomore Johanna Hocketstaller (Shot Put), senior Kristine Leonard (Discus Throw), and Gabby Midles (Hammer Throw). Idaho led the meet with the top team scores on both sides.
A Quick Recap The first outdoor school record of the season fell when sophomore Matt Sullivan leaped to 17-5 (5.31m) Saturday at the Sun Angel Classic. The Vandals made two Idaho top-10 all time entries at the meet and improved three of their previous top-10 marks. Junior Karlene Hurrel (100m) and senior Barry Britt (1500m) both made their way onto the top-10 list, while senior Kristine Leonard (Shot Put), senior Liga Velvere (800m), and sophomore Matt Sullivan (pole vault) moved up in the rankings. Idaho hit 14 personal best marks during the meet. At the Sam Adam Classic Idaho won 8 events and posted one top-10 all-time entry. Junior Cait Rowland was a repeat double-champion in both hurdle events, while the rest of the victories were won by a strong group of freshman competitors. Freshman Jerrica Hauk moved to seventh-best in Idaho all-time history with her first-place finish in the pole vault. The Vandal women finished the meet in second place while the men finished in third.
NCAA Outdoor Qualification NCAA outdoor track and field is in the fourth season of the two-region national qualification system. The top 48 athletes in each event qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, which are split between the East and West Regions. The Preliminary Round sites host the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships qualifying rounds of the field events and the opening rounds through semifinals of track events (depending on the event distance). In the first year of the system in 2010, Idaho had eight women and five men qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Round. Last season, six women and seven men qualified. This year’s NCAA West Preliminary will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin.