Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Busy week ahead|
This Week in Vandal Track & Field:
California Invitational Multi-Events (Apr. 18-19) Azusa, Calif.
Mt. SAC Relays (Apr. 19-21) Walnut, Calif.
Bryan Clay Invitational (Apr. 20) Azusa, Calif.
Beach Invitational (Apr. 21) Norwalk, Calif.
Cougar Invitational (Apr. 21) Pullman, Wash.
Things get a little busy for Vandal track and field this weekend when most of the team travels to California for several meets and another group stays on the Palouse for the Cougar Invitational at Washington State. In what will be a good preparation for the Western Athletic Conference Championships later this season, many of the team’s athletes will compete in multiple events over a three-day period from Thursday through Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational and Beach Invitational. This week will also be Idaho’s final big road trip of the regular season.
Several athletes made historical marks last year at the Mt. SAC Relays, starting with Barry Britt, who jumped into second all-time at Idaho in the men’s 5000m with a 14:08.90. Sophomore Hannah Kiser hit a career-best 16:36.12 in the women’s 5k to move into fourth all-time in the event. Liga Velvere ran a career-best women’s 800m of 2:08.75 at the Mt. SAC Relays, then followed it up the next day with a career-best 58.61 in the 400m hurdles at the Beach Invitational - second-best in Idaho history. Senior Julia Veseth won her 10,000m heat on the opening night of the Mt. SAC Relays, while senior Andrew Blaser posted a then-career-best score of 6,610 at the California Invitational Decathlon.
A Quick Recap
Junior Mike Marshall highlighted Idaho’s strong weekend at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge last weekend with a 10-foot career best in the men’s javelin throw of 217-9 to move into fourth all-time at Idaho. In all, the team made seven Idaho top-10 entries, five of which came in the throws. Sophomore Ugis Svazs followed Marshall with a career-best 215-3 in the men’s javelin, which is sixth-best in Idaho history. In the women’s side, junior Ellen Rouse moved into fourth in the javelin (145-8) and freshman Johanna Höcketstaller moved to 10th in both the javelin (135-7) and shot put (45-11.25) in school history. Junior Anna Kalbrener (7th, 1500m) and sophomore Holly Stanton (8th, 3000m steeplechase) made historical entries on the track. The Vandals got six individual wins at the meet, five of which came on the men’s side.
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