|Vandals Earn Two WAC Titles|
MOSCOW, Idaho – In the second day of the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship competition, the University of Idaho track and field team earned two WAC titles and posted 25 qualifying times.
Senior Kyle Rothwell claimed the first WAC title of the weekend with his first-place heave of 59-11.75 (18.28m) in the weight throw.
“It was not the best throw ever but that isn’t what conference is about,” Rothwell said. “Just getting off on the right foot is super important and now we just try and see if we can keep that going tomorrow.”
After coming from behind in the final leg, the Women’s distance medley relay claimed the second WAC title of the day. The quartet of freshman Ally Ginther, senior Kelly Jacka, freshman Wednesday Walton and sophomore Halie Raudenbush posted a time of 12:11.65 in the event. This is the fourth-consecutive WAC title in the women’s DMR.
“I am so excited for the women’s DMR, for Ally to come back as a freshman after that mile was just fantastic – she really set the tone for us,” Director of track&field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “And to see Halie run the way she did today after facing some battles this season was amazing.”
In the heptathlon, Idaho finished second, third and seventh. Senior Colin Briggs lead the way for the Vandals with 4,468 points followed by Drew Thompson with 4,448 and Tyler Bennett with 3,922. Briggs and Thompson earned First-Team All-WAC honors for their second and third place finishes.
“I thought the way the men finished the heptathlon was great,” Phipps said. “It was even a little better than what we projected.”
In the women’s 5000m Holly Stanton Browning lead the way for the Vandals in second (18:07.93) followed closely by senior Alycia Butterworth in third (18:08.73), junior Abby Larson in seventh (18:31.43) and sophomore Valerie Mitchell rounded out the scoring for the Vandals in eighth (18:33.43). Stanton-Browning and Butterworth both earned First-Team All-WAC Honors.
In the women’s triple jump freshman Faith Eruwa placed third (39-6.5, 12.05m) earning First-Team All-WAC honors while freshman Adara Winder earned First-Team All-WAC honors for her second-place finish in the shot put (45-11.75,14.01m).
On the men’s side, junior Emmanuel Panchol tied his season-best mark in the high jump with a third-place leap of 6-8.75 (2.05m) earning First-Team All-WAC honors while freshman Dusan Jevtic took the sixth-place spot in the event (6-5,1.96m) earning Second-Team All-WAC honors.
Through six events, the women are in second place with 53 points behind Missouri-Kansas City with 57. On the men’s side, Idaho is tied for second with Utah Valley at 50 points. GCU leads with 66.50 points.
“I think we are set up very well on the women’s side,” Phipps said. “We are down a little from where we would like to be on the men’s side but still in a position to obtain our goals for tomorrow.”
The Vandals are back in action tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m. (PT) with the women’s portion of the weight throw. Track events start at 12:30 p.m. with the women’s mile final.