|Vandals Strong At Home|
MOSCOW, Idaho – In their final meet before the Western Athletic Conference Championships, the University of Idaho track and field team combined to win 11 events on their home turf Saturday.
“I thought this was a good meet for us,” Director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “We didn’t compete with a lot of people – just some fine tuning before conference.”
On the men’s side, junior Emmanuel Panchol jumped to a victory in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.75 (2.05m), while freshman teammate Arphaxad Carroll earned an individual victory in the long jump with a wind-aided leap of 24-7.75 (7.51). Also, junior Matt Sullivan claimed the crown in the pole vault with a mark of 16-5.5(5.02m) and senior Andrey Levkiv took the top spot in the shot put (57-5.75, 17.52m).
On the track, freshman Phillip Kearns was the first across the finish line in the 800m with a time of 2:01.43, junior Ben Ayesu-Attah ran a first-place wind-aided time of 21.58 in the 200m and junior Jesse Villines added the final victory for the men with a time of 52.97 in the 400m hurdles.
“Cait has been working on the jumps for just a little while, but has quite the knack for it,” Phipps said. “For never having long jumped prior to six weeks ago I am really impressed by her.”
This marks the end of Idaho’s regular season and Phipps said both teams are in a good position going into WAC Championships.
“We have some people back on the guy’s side, but we are still short a handful of really talented guys,” Phipps said “The guys that we are taking with us are ready to compete and win another championship for the team.”
Idaho is at the Western Athletic Conference Championship meet next week hosted by Utah Valley. Multi-events begin Wednesday with the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon.