Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|WAC Championship underway|
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of Idaho sophomore Johanna Hocketstaller finished second in the women’s indoor pentathlon with a career-best score of 3,733 at Western Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday.
Hockestaller ended the day with three career bests in the 60m hurdles (9.16), high jump (4-11.75, 1.52m), and 800m (2:30.20). She also finished with one season-best mark in the long jump (18-1.5, 5.52m). Her eighth-place finish in the 800m was eight seconds faster than her previous career-best time.
Hocketstaller’s score was two points behind New Mexico State’s, Zoe Meade’s first-place score of 3,735. She held off Texas State’s, Tina Valenzuela who finished third with a score of 3,726.
“Johanna was amazing, every event she got better and better,” Julie Taylor, Idaho head track and field coach, said. “Her score in the pentathlon was 400 more points than last year at this same time; she came through just when she needed to.”
With her second-place finish, Hockestaller earned the Vandal’s First-Team All-WAC honor of the weekend.
On the men’s side, freshman Drew Thompson lead the Vandals and holds fifth-place in the men’s heptathlon with a score of 2,741, one point away from UTSA’s Ryan Roberts. After competing in the 60m dash, high jump, shot put, and long jump, he posted three career bests in the 60m (7.25), the high jump (6-7, 2.01m) and the long jump (20-5.75, 6.24m).
“Thompson has competed like a champ for his first ever multi-event,” Taylor said “He is coming through and showing great maturity.”
In eighth place for the Vandal men is senior Ryan Bowen, who is also off to a strong start. Bowen finished the day with three season-best marks in the 60m (7.53), long jump (19-7, 5.97m), and the high jump (6-1.25, 1.86m). He also posted a career-best mark in the shot put with a toss of 35-5 (11.10m).
As the Vandals go into Friday, Taylor said they hope to have as many people qualify in events for finals as possible. Most of Friday’s action on the track with be preliminary races.
“We hope that people continue to compete like they have this year,” Taylor said “If they can do that then I feel like we will have a successful day.”
Each event in the WAC Championship will be scored through eight places, athletes who finish first through third will earn First-Team All-WAC honors those who finish fourth through sixth will earn Second-Team All-WAC honors.
Friday’s events start at 10 a.m. (PT) with the continuation of the men’s heptathlon, beginning with the 60m hurdles. Individual events begin at 12:30 p.m. with the women’s high jump.