Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Idaho Cross Country
Strong Individual Performances For XC
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 10/19/2013
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 Sunnyvale, Calif. – The University of Idaho men’s and women’s teams split forces this weekend to compete at the Bronco Invitational and the Inland Empire Championships, and the day was highlighted with several personal best performances.

Director of track and field/cross country said overall both teams performed very well today especially on the men’s side.

At the Bronco Invitational, junior Cody Helbling was the first Vandal man across the line, finishing 17th overall on the 8K course with a time of 24:18.0. Freshman Nicholas Boersma (24:49.3), sophomore Santos Vargas (25:01.3), freshman Mickey Day (25:40.0) and sophomore Morgan Choate (25:50.4) wrapped up the team scoring.

“Cody ran really well today despite battling some sickness,” Phipps said. “He has firmly established himself as one of the favorites to win an individual conference championship.”

Senior Hannah Kiser led the way for the Vandal women with a second-place overall finish in 20:19.7. Sophomore Halile Raudenbush finished the race 23rd overall (21:10.7) and was followed by sophomore Abby Larson (21:21.1), senior Emily Paradis (21:28.1) and sophomore Alex Siemens (21:44.2). Senior Holly Stanton was the sixth Vandal to cross the finish with a time of 21:47.9.

“This was one of the best performances we have ever had as a team over a 6K course,” Phipps said. “Hannah had a great race especially since it was her first race in five weeks.”

The Vandal men finished the 8K course in ninth place out of 18 teams with 254 points, while the Idaho women placed fourth out of 19 teams over the 6K course with 113 points.

At the Inland Empire Championships at Lewiston, Idaho, every Vandal women posted a personal best time.

Sophomore Marquita Palmer led the way for the women with her 12th place overall finish. She was followed by sophomore Stephanie Rexus (18:05), sophomore Alex Sciocchetti (18:11), freshman Emma Balazs (18:20) and freshman Helga Machleidt (20:51).

The women finished the day in fourth place with a team score of 99.

“I feel as though this was the perfect weekend for us in preparation for the Western Athletic Conference Championships in two weeks.”

Next on Idaho’s schedule is the WAC Championship meet Nov. 2 at Seattle, Wash. The Vandal women will be looking for their fourth-consecutive WAC title, while the Idaho men’s team will try and take home their first conference title.


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