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Hannah Kiser ran a 9:04.74 in the 3000m on Saturday.
Kiser smashes WAC record
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 02/10/2013
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SEATTLE – University of Idaho junior Hannah Kiser broke her own Western Athletic Conference and Idaho school records in the 3000m and Vandals won three events in a strong day at the Husky Classic on Saturday.

Kiser, a third-year Vandal from Wenatchee, Wash., took fourth in the invitational second of the women’s 3000m at the meet with a time of 9:04.74. The time breaks her own previous WAC record of 9:07.23 in the event, which she set last season on the same track.

With the record race, Kiser moved into fifth in the NCAA so far this season over the 3000m distance and leads the WAC by a 43-second margin in the event.

“She ran a very controlled race over the first half, then really kicked it in over the final 1k,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “She went from being near the back to being the second collegian finisher in the race.”

Seniors Liga Velvere and Lauren Schaffer won their respective heats in the women’s 800m and finished first and second, respectively, in the overall standings for the event. Velvere posted a WAC-leading time of 2:07.95 and Schaffer finished in 2:09.33. Velvere’s time ranks 40th in the NCAA so far this season.

“Liga just keeps getting better and better as the season goes on,” Phipps said. “That was a very good race for Lauren and I think she’s someone who is poised to really break out. They both led their races from start to finish and basically ran on their own, so I’m excited to see what they can do when we get them into a very good race against some strong competition.”

Junior Kyle Rothwell cracked the 60-foot barrier in the men’s 35-pound weight throw last weekend and on Friday evening, he took it to another level with a career-best and WAC-leading heave of 62-10 (19.15m), which is nearly one foot better than his previous best. The throw also moves him into 38th in the NCAA this season.

Idaho’s foursome of junior Andrew Bloom, freshmen Ian Middleton and Blake Gerling, and sophomore Ben Ayesu-Attah won the men’s 4x00m relay with a season-best time of 3:15.54, which ranks third in the WAC so far this season. In the open 400m, Ayesu-Attah took second and Bloom finished third in the men’s invitational section of the event with times of 47.37 and 48.37, respectively.

“Ben ran a fantastic leg of the 4x400 and anchored us to victory,” Phipps said. “In the open 400, he ran an indoor career best and almost caught the UW guy at the end to finish second. Bloom ran our lead leg of the 4x4 and won his heat of the open 400 to finish third overall in the invitational section.

“The men’s relay won the normal section, but their time would have finished second in the invitational section, so it was a very good race.”

Sophomore Matt Sullivan hit a career best in the men’s pole vault with a height of 16-8.75 (5.10m) to best his previous high of 16-4.75, which he had set last weekend at the Vandal Indoor. Fellow sophomore Jesse Villines posted a career-best 49.63 and finished 11th in the men’s 400m, while second-year Vandal Colton Hastings posted a three-second career best of 4:16.32 in the men’s mile run.

With the Husky Classic wrapped up, Idaho track and field will continue on Sunday at the UW Indoor Open at Seattle.
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