Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Johanna Hocketstaller
T&F competes at Cougar Indoor
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 01/24/2013
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This Week in Idaho Track & Field:
Cougar Indoor (Pullman, Wash.)
Friday, Jan. 25 - Saturday, Jan. 26

Looking Forward
Idaho will take a quick trip across the border this weekend for the Cougar Indoor at Pullman, Wash. The Vandals will compete against Washington State and Montana, as well as post-collegiate competitors, at the meet. After the first two Vandal meets of the season saw relatively small competition groups, a more full Idaho squad will take part in this week's activities. Many of Idaho's distance runners will open their 2013 season at the meet, which features a women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon, in addtition to the standard event schedule. Friday's action starts at 2:30 p.m. (PT), while Saturday's portion starts at 10 a.m.

Historically Speaking
Last year at the Cougar Indoor, Idaho set 13 career bests, won three events and broke one meet record. Vandal junior Hannah Kiser was the headliner with her double wins in the 800m (2:13.96) and mile run (4:44.31). That mile time is a career best, ranks third all-time at Idaho after track size conversion (4:42.41) and also stands as the meet record for the event. Idaho senior James Clark earned Idaho's other win at the meet with his first-place time of 1:54.58 in the men's 800m, which was nearly two seconds better than the second-fastest competitor at the meet.

A Quick Recap
Idaho produced one Western Athletic Conference-leading mark and nine individual event wins in the team's first home meet of the 2013 season on Saturday at the Idaho Open. Senior Liga Velvere cruised to a win in the women's 800m with a time of 2:10.07, which ranks 14th in the NCAA so far this season and tops in the WAC. Junior Karlene Hurrel, in her first action since the 2011 indoor season, won the women's 60m (7.83) and then added a second victory in the 200m (24.90). Idaho's women also got wins from freshman Jerrica Hauck in the pole vault (11-3.75) and sophomore Johanna Höcketstaller in the long jump (17-6.25). On the men's side, freshman Drew Thompson won the 60m hurdles (8.55), senior Jason Lorentz claimed the long jump (22-7.25) and junior Kyle Rothwell took the weight throw (59-1.5). In all, Idaho tallied 14 personal-best marks at the event on Saturday.

Tops in the WAC
Senior Liga Velvere posted the top individual performance by a WAC woman last week in her opener when she posted a winning time of 2:10.07 in the women's 800m on Jan. 19 at the Idaho Open. Velvere, Idaho's school record holder in the event, moved up to No. 14 in the NCAA in the event with that time, which also leads the WAC by more than a two-second margin. Velvere is the only WAC woman ranked in the NCAA's top 20 so far this season, in any event.

Dropping Seconds
As a true freshman in 2012, sprinter Ben Ayesu-Attah ran a 49.15 in the 400m dash at the WSU Open. When his first Vandal season ended in August at the IAAF World Junior Championships (representing Canada), Ayesu-Attah had cut his quarter-mile time down to 46.53. Along the way, he anchored Idaho's WAC champion indoor 4x400m relay, scored an upset win in the WAC outdoor 400m dash (46.86), qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary Round and tallied two First-Team and two Second-Team All-WAC honors. As an encore, Ayesu-Attah opened his 2013 sophomore season with a 47.93 at the WSU Open on Jan. 12.

Shifting Landscape
If there's one thing that's consistent about the Idaho indoor track and field record book, it's change. Entering this season, at least one men's indoor school record has fallen every year since 2007. On the women's side, Lauren Schaffer's school-record 600-meter race on Jan. 12 at the WSU Open assured the women's program of a new school record for the 11th-consecutive season. If you combine the two teams, at least one Idaho indoor school record, either men's or women's, has been broken every year since 1996.

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