Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
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This Week in Vandal Track & Field
Duane Hartman Invitational (Apr. 26-27) Spokane, Wash.
Payton Jordan Invitational (Apr. 28) Palo Alto, Calif.
After the busiest weekend in Idaho men’s and women’s track and field, the team gets an easier assignment as most of the squad will compete at the Duane Hartman Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College. Seniors Barry Britt, Lauren Schaffer and Liga Velvere will head to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the legendary Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday.
The Vandals claimed nine individual titles and made five-record book entries at the Duane Hartman Invitational last season. Returning champions this weekend include Kristine Leonard who took the shot put title, Ellen rouse (javelin throw) and Ugis Svazs (javelin throw). At the Payton Jordan Invitational one all-time top-10 entry was added to the books along with 12 career-best marks on the men’s side.
A Quick Recap
Junior Hannah Kiser broke the Idaho school and all-time Western Athletic Conference record in the women’s 5000m at the Mt. SAC Relays. Overall Idaho made five all-time top-10 entries and posted two WAC-leading marks while competing at the Mt. SAC Relays, Beach Invitational, Bryan Clay Invitational, Cougar Invitational, and the Whitworth Twilight Meet. The squads racked up dozens of personal bests throughout the week, with multiple athletes doing so in single events on consecutive days.
NCAA Outdoor Qualification
NCAA outdoor track and field is in the fourth season of the two-region national qualification system. The top 48 athletes in each event qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, which are split between the East and West Regions. The Preliminary Round sites host the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships qualifying rounds of the field events and the opening rounds through semifinals of track events (depending on the event distance). In the first year of the system in 2010, Idaho had eight women and five men qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Round. Last season, six women and seven men qualified. This year’s NCAA West Preliminary will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin.
Another One Bites The Dust
Junior Hannah Kiser broke the Idaho school and all-time WAC record in the 5000m at the Mt.SAC Relays. Her time of 15:44.06 in the Elite Invitation section smashed the Idaho school record, set in 1984 by Sherri Crang, by a margin of 26-seconds and beat the WAC record by 17-seconds. This is Kiser’s third school and all-time WAC record of the year following her indoor mile (4:37.55) and 3000m (9:04.74) performances.
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