This Week in Idaho Track & Field
Cougar Invitational (Apr.26) Pullman, Wash.
The Vandals keep it on the Palouse this weekend as the team travels a short distance away to the Cougar Invitational hosted by Washington State University. Field events are slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. (PT) with the men’s section of the javelin, while events on the track are scheduled to start at noon with the men’s portion of the 3k steeplechase. Following Saturday’s meet Idaho will have two meets remaining leading up to the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
Last year at the Cougar Invitational, two Vandal women claimed individual titles, while many personal and season- best marks were hit. Sophomore Nicole Dorsey claimed the title in the 400m hurdles with a season-best time of 1:07.64. Also, junior Jesse Villines ran a career-best in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.13 then turned around and hit another career-best mark in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.64.
A Quick Recap
The Vandals come off of a hectic three-day stretch of competitions, mainly in California. At the CSULA Twilight Open, the Vandals earned two individual titles – Sophomore Santos Vargas in the 3k steeplechase (9:50.41) and senior Andrew Bloom in the 400m (48.47). At the Whitworth Twilight Invitational at Spokane, Wash., senior Megan Dempsey hit a career-best mark in the 800m with a time of 2:25.46. Sophomore Max McIntosh placed second in both the 110m hurdles (15.67) and the 400m hurdles (58.07). At the Mt.Sac Relays, senior Alycia Butterworth highlighted the meet with a second-place finish in the 3k steeplechase open elite section with a time of 10:14.26. Her time moves her into second-best all-time in Idaho history. Also at the meet, junior Ben Ayesu-Attah finished 10th overall in the 400m open with a time of 47.26.
Leading the WAC
Through five weeks of outdoor competition, eight Vandals lead the WAC in their respective events. On the men’s side junior Ben Ayesu-Attah leads the WAC in 400m, junior Cody Helbling in the 10,000m, junior Matt Sullivan in the Pole Vault and senior Andrey Levkiv in the shot put. For the women, sophomore Marquita Palmer holds the top spot in the 1500m, senior Alycia Butterworth leads the 3k steeplechase, freshman Adara Winder in the shot put and sophomore Tayler Feinauer in the javelin.