Spokane, Wash., - University of Idaho Senior Ugis Svazs broke the Idaho school record in the javelin throw and the Vandals racked up 11 individual wins at the Duane Hartman on Saturday.
Svazs won the men’s javelin throw with a career-best toss of 240-7 (73.34m) breaking the previous school record set in 1996 by Oscar Duncan. His mark ranks seventh best in the NCAA so far this season.
“Ugis has had an exceptional year, and today was his day,” Head track and field coach Julie Taylor said. “We knew something was going to happen at some point during this season, and it was exciting to see him break the record.”
The vandal women accounted for eight of the event victories, while the men claimed three.
Senior Kristine Leonard posted the top collegiate mark in the women’s discus throw with a heave of 150-0 (46.04m) than went on to finish second in the shot put (48-5.5, 14.64m) and second in the hammer throw (166-8, 50.81m).
“Kristine continues to improve every weekend,” Taylor said. “Being a three event thrower, she is constantly working on all three throws, and you never know which one is going to be her best.”
Freshman Tayler Feinauer posted a career-best mark in the javelin throw to move into sixth all-time top-10 at Idaho. She finished the event in fourth with a personal-best mark of 145-7 (44.37m).
Victors on the women’s side included junior Karlene Hurrel (100m), senior Keli Hall (800m), senior Maggie Miller (3000m), senior Liga Velvere (400m), senior Alyssa Covington (long jump), sophomore Johanna Hockestaller (shot put), and senior Sarah Nutsch (hammer throw).
On the men’s side, Sophomore Jesse Villines made his way into Idaho all-time top-10 with his career-best performance in the 400m hurdles. Villines second-place time of 52.89 moves him into eighth all-time at Idaho.
Individual victories for the men came from sophomore Ben Ayesu-Attah in the 400m and senior Jeremy Klas in the pole vault.
“Going into the last couple weeks before conference, we were able to post a lot of really solid marks,” Taylor said. “Overall I was really happy with how things went this weekend.”