|T&F At Full Force|
SPOKANE, Wash – The University of Idaho track and field team competed at full force Saturday at the Sam Adams Classic hosted by Whitworth University.
Over the day, the Vandals tallied 23 individual victories.
“We approached this meet as a race workout as most of our athletes ran a hard workout yesterday, “ Director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “We were working to stimulate what they will do at conference when they have to compete in multiple races on back to back days.”
Freshman Andrea Pikes led the way for the women with a double in the 100m and 200m. Freshman Meghan Palesch also earned a double over the meet winning the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles.
Senior Karlene Hurrel took the first-place spot in the 400m followed closely by senior teammate Kelly Jacka in second. Freshman Emma Balazs and sophomore Taylor Hewett went 1-2 in the 800m respectively, while sophomore Marquita Palmer took the top spot in the 1500m.
Senior Alycia Butterworth won the 5000m, followed by senior Holly Stanton Browning in second and junior Abby Larson in third. Freshman Ana Pardo claimed the top stop in the shot put, while freshman Faith Eruwa leaped to a victory in the triple jump and freshman Kolcie Bates claimed the discus throw title.
The Vandal women also took the first-place spot in both the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay.
On the men’s side, freshman Arphaxad Carroll led the way with a double victory in the long jump and triple jump. Senior Andrey Levkiv took second-place in the discus throw and first in the shot put, while senior teammate Kyle Rothwell claimed the victory in the hammer throw.
“We ran a few people in events they do not compete in today,” Phipps said. “Overall I am pleased with how the meet went and look forward to competing at Arizona State next weekend when the team is rested.”
The Vandals will compete with a split squad next weekend. On the docket for Idaho is the Sun Angel Classic Friday and Saturday at Tempe, Ariz., and the War VII Friday at Spokane, Wash.