Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Junior Ben Ayesu-Attah
T&F Hit High Marks
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/26/2014
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PULLMAN, Wash – The University of Idaho track and field team concluded the Cougar Invitational with 10 individual wins – with two vandals reigning double champions over the meet.

Senior Karlene Hurrel was first across the finish line in the 100m with a wind-aided time of 12.23; she also placed first in the 200m with a wind-aided time of 24.65. Junior Ben Ayesu-Attah also earned a double over the day, finishing first in the 400m with a time of 47.89 and tied for the first-place spot in the 200m with a wind-aided time of 21.50.

“Despite the cold conditions, I thought Ben and Karlene competed very well today.” Director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said.

Freshman Adara Winder placed first in the shot put with a heave of 46-11.75 (14.32m) followed by freshman Ana Pardo in second with a mark of 46-1.25 (14.05m). Freshman Kolcie Bates finished first in the discus throw with a mark of 147-11 (45.10m), followed by Winder in second with a mark of 141-8 (32.78m).

For the men, junior Jesse Villines won the 400m hurdles in a time of 54.46. Junior Emmanuel Panchol placed first in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.75 (2.05m) while freshman Arphaxad Carroll finished first in the long jump with a wind-aided leap of 23-10.75 (7.28m). Senior Andrey Levkiv rounded out the victories with a first-place finish in the shot put (57-1.50, 17.41m).

Other notable performances over the meet were sophomore Katelyn Peterson who finished second in the high jump (5-7.25, 1.71) and junior Derek Haas in the javelin throw with a fifth place mark of 203-11 (62.15m).

“Overall, I thought this was a very good meet for us,” Phipps said. “It was a step in the right direction as we start getting close to the conference championships.”

The Vandals are back in action next weekend beginning Friday at Oregon State High Performance Meet at Corvallis, Ore., and continuing Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Palo Alto, Calif.

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