|Kiser wins Dellinger Invite|
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. –
University of Idaho sophomore Hannah Kiser was the headliner as the Vandal
men’s and women’s cross country teams made impressive showings for the third
meet in a row on Saturday at the Dellinger Invitational.
Kiser won the women’s 5000m race at the meet with a time of 16:45.71
to maintain her undefeated record in 2011 against collegiate competition. More
impressive than the time is the fact that she out-kicked a group that includes
nationally- and regionally-ranked opponents.
“I was kind of just waiting for everyone to kick past me and
it didn’t happen, didn’t happen,” Kiser said about the finish in a post-race
interview. “My coach (Wayne Phipps) was screaming at me like never before.”
As a team, the Idaho women took fifth with a team score of
131, behind nationally-ranked Oregon and regionally-ranked Wisconsin, Oregon
State and Portland. As a team, Idaho put five runners in the top 46 of the
For the second meet in a row this season, Idaho sophomores
reigned, as second-year Vandals Emily Paradis (22nd, 17:24.64) and Alycia
Butterworth (31st, 17:30.95) joined Kiser as the team’s three top runners.
Senior Anna Kalbrener was Idaho’s fourth finisher at 42nd overall (17:50.15)
and senior Julia Veseth rounded out the scoring with a 17:56.48 and 46th
The Vandal men provided a well-balanced effort for the
second meet in a row with four athletes in the top 24 overall and fourth-place
team finish with 110 points. Senior Stephane Colle was the team’s top runner
after finishing 14th overall and 11th among collegians with an 8000m time of
Colle was followed swiftly by junior Barry Britt in 17th
overall (24:11.81) and senior Markus Geiger in 18th (24:14.63). Senior Jeremiah
Dubie went 24th overall with a 24:23.23, and junior Jeff Osborn was the team’s
fifth finisher at 64th overall in 25:44.41.
With one more regular-season meet ahead of them in two weeks at the Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara, Idaho now switches its training mode to more fine-tuning than conditioning as it approaches the Western Athletic Conference Championships at Honolulu, Hawai`i, on Oct. 29.