Courtesy: Western Athletic Conference
Vandal Men and Women in Second
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/15/2014
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OREM, Utah—Idaho distance runner Hannah Kiser continued her dominance of the Western Athletic Conference, winning her second consecutive 10,000m title at the WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday.

Kiser's time of 36:53.96 set a new 2014 WAC-best to earn Idaho’s first points of the meet. It was just her first 10,000m race of the season.

“Hannah has overcome so much this year,” Director of Track & Field Wayne Phipps. "She could not run for about four months so for her to run the way she did today—in very warm conditions—at this altitude was just amazing. The rest of the 10,000m girls were fantastic as well."

The Vandals scored 28 team points in the women’s 10,000m. Following Kiser across the finish in third was sophomore Valerie Mitchell with a time of 38:50.83. Idaho had three runners sweep Second Team All-WAC honors for the race, placing fourth, fifth and sixth. Alycia Butterworth crossed the finish in 38:51.94 followed by Holly Stanton Browning (38:51.94) and Alex Sciocchetti (39:16.17). Abby Larson rounded out the Vandal finishers placing 12th.

In the men’s 10,000m junior transfer Cody Helbling finished with a time of 33:45.87 (third), to earn the men’s first medal of championships.

Cait Rowland and Taylor Sheppard continued in the women’s heptathlon on Thursday. The women only had the long jump, javelin throw and 800m to complete the two-day event. The Vandal duo finished second and fourth in the 800m to finish their day. Rowland earned Second Team All-WAC honors 4,155 points, placing her fifth overall. Sheppard totaled 4,022 points in her first collegiate heptathlon, finishing ninth overall.

The men’s decathlon wrapped up the day’s festivities. The men competed in the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m. Drew Thompson used a second-place finish in the 110m hurdles to take the bronze in the event. He finished with a career-best 6,165 points, fourth best in the WAC this season.

Teammates Colin Briggs, Ian Middleton and Tyler Bennett finished directly below Thompson in the standings to sweep Second Team All-Conference honors for the decathlon. Briggs placed second in the discus throw with a toss of 33.87m (111-01) to finish with 6,064 points overall. Middleton totaled 6,062 points aided by his first-place showing of 54.71m (179-06) in the javelin. Bennett concluded the event with 5,894 points after finishing third in the 1500m.

"Overall we had a another great day and we are slightly ahead of where we projected at this point," Phipps commented.

Idaho stands in second in both the women’s and men’s point totals going into Friday’s action. The women finished the day with 32 points. The men have recorded 24 points.

Both squads are trailing host Utah Valley. The Wolverine women lead the field with 37 points and the men have a five point lead over Idaho, ending the day with 29.

Action will resume on Friday with the women’s hammer throw at 8 a.m. PT. Track events will begin at 12 p.m. PT with the women’s 3000m steeplechase. 

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