DENVER - University of Idaho freshman track and field athlete Alycia Butterworth was honored on Tuesday as the Western Athletic Conference's Verizon Women's Track Athlete of the Week for her efforts the week of May 2-8.
Butterworth, who is in her first year at Idaho out of Parksville, British Columbia (Ballenas Secondary), ran a 16-second career-best time in the 3000m steeplechase on Friday at the Oregon Twilight. She finished third overall in the race, and was the top collegiate finisher with a time of 10:37.27.
The time was not only the best of her career, it also moves her up to sixth all-time at Idaho and is the second-best in the WAC by just one-tenth of a second. She also moves up to 34th in the NCAA West Region in the event, which puts her in a spot to potentially qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Round in three weeks.
The honor is the first of her career and is the fifth by a Vandal athlete during the 2011 outdoor season.
Butterworth and the rest of the Vandal squad are in Honolulu, Hawai'i, this week, to contend for titles at the WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships from Tuesday through Friday.