Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Kiser 13th in 3000m|
NAMPA, Idaho – University of Idaho sophomore Hannah Kiser competed in her first career NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday and took 13th in the women’s 3000m.
The second-year runner from Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee HS) posted a 9:26.88 to finish 13th in the close race. Georgetown’s Emily Infeld won the race in 9:15.44.
“I thought it was a really good performance,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “That was the loaded field for the women’s distance events this week, between the mile, 3k and 5k. It was arguably the best 3k field in history. It was the fastest field to ever make it into NCAAs and you basically had to hit the auto qualifier just to get in.
“Putting all that into perspective and for it being her first time at NCAAs, I thought it was a great performance.”
After setting several Idaho course records and qualifying as an individual for the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall, Kiser broke the Idaho school record, Western Athletic Conference all-time and championship meet records in the 3000m.
She is the first Idaho woman to qualify for the NCAA Championships in both cross country, where she finished 85th, and in indoor track and field in the same season. Kiser was also a 2011 NCAA qualifier in the 5000m outdoors, and joins two-time All-American Dee Olson as the only other Vandal woman to qualify for the NCAA meet in all three sports.
“What she’s been able to accomplish this year and how much improvement she’s made this year is just amazing,” Phipps said. “To see that in just one year is amazing, and the thing is, there’s still a lot of room for her to keep getting better.”
With the indoor campaign in the books, next up on the slate for Idaho track and field is the outdoor season. Competition starts in two weeks at the Whitworth Buc Scoring Invitational on Saturday, Mar. 24, at Spokane, Wash.
“I have absolutely no complaints with the way this indoor season has gone,” Phipps said. “We’ve had so many good individual performances and two great team performances at the WAC Championships. I couldn’t be prouder of both teams for the way they competed in the indoor season, from start to finish.
“I think we’re better outdoors than we are indoors, so I think, in addition to the momentum for the indoor season, we also add a few people outdoors that are going to make our team that much better.”