Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Vandals get three wins|
PULLMAN, Wash. – On the first of two days of action, University of Idaho track and field posted three individual wins in field events Friday at the Cougar Indoor, hosted by Washington State.
For the second time in two meets at WSU this season, Idaho’s men and women swept the weight throw wins, while Vandal sophomore Matt Sullivan claimed victory in the men’s pole vault to lead Idaho into the weekend.
Idaho senior Kristine Leonard went 54-5.5 (16.60m) in the women’s 20-pound weight throw as Idaho took three of the top four spots in the event. She was followed by senior Sarah Nutsch’s runner-up toss of 51-11.25 (15.83m), while senior Ellen Rouse hit a five-foot career best to take fourth with a mark of 50-3.25 (15.32m).
In the men’s 35-pound weight throw, junior Kyle Rothwell kept the positive vibes going with a winning toss of 58-10 (17.93m). Sophomore teammate Zach Trumbauer took second in the event with a throw of 54-10.25 (16.72m) – and set a career best in the event for a third consecutive week to start the 2013 season.
“I feel like it’s going great so far – I’m miles ahead of last year,” Trumbauer said of the his progression in the weight. “We’ve been working so hard since fall and everyone is just pumping up their marks. As long as we keep going like this, I feel like we’re in a good position to compete and try to win WAC this year.”
Sullivan came up just short of his career-best mark in the men’s pole vault on Friday with a winning height of 16-1.25 (4.91m). It was his first time over 16 feet in competition this season and was just a notch below his PR height of 16-2 from last season.
Jan Kurr, a freshman from Eutin, Germany, made his debut in the long jump and took third with a leap of 22-3.75 (6.80m).
“I thought it was a great day,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “Matt looked really good over 4.91 (meters) and had another really good attempt at 5.06 meters. Jan competed on a shortened approach in the long jump, but with it being his first meet, I thought he competed very well, and then our weight throwers just seem to get better and better every week.”
Through four events in the men’s indoor heptathlon, freshman Drew Thompson sits at seventh in the men’s heptathlon at 2,519, while senior Ryan Bowen is eighth at 2,347. On the women’s side, sophomore Reba Eggert finished fourth in the women’s pentathlon with a score of 2,369.
“You don’t get very many opportunities to get a multi-event in during the indoor season,” Phipps said. “Even though it’s still early in the year, this is important for them, especially with Bowen being out for so long (with injury) and with it being a new event for Drew and for Reba still learning the event, as well.”
The second half of the meet will be Saturday at the WSU indoor facility, starting with the men’s heptathlon 60m hurdles at 10 a.m. (PT). After competing with a partial team for the first two meets of the season, Phipps says he expects to have nearly the full Vandal roster in competition on Saturday.
“We’ll have a few more people competing – not quite as big of a group as I had hoped because of some illness this week,” Phipps said. “I’m really excited to see how some of these guys are going to open up their seasons, as well as how some others are going to improve upon last week’s strong marks.”