Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Multis climb, distance cruises|
AZUSA, Calif. – One was a senior and the other a freshman, and both University of Idaho multi-athletes posted career-best scores on Thursday at the California Invitational Multi-Events, hosted by Azusa Pacific University.
Senior Andrew Blaser climbed into third place in the men’s ‘A’ decathlon with a career-best score of 7,069, while freshman Johanna Hocketstaller climbed to fifth in the women’s heptathlon with a score of 4,991. Both marks are Western Athletic Conference leaders so far this season.
Blaser opened the day with the competition’s top time in the 110m hurdles, a WAC-leading 14.16 that would rank fifth all-time at Idaho if not for the attached 2.3 m/s wind reading, which is too high for the record books, but not for NCAA qualification. The time ranks 27th in the West Region, as of the most recent descending lists.
Blaser helped his cause along by tying a career best with a clearance of 16-0.75 (4.90m) in the pole vault in the seventh of 10 events. He added a toss of 111-3 (33.92m) in the discus throw and a mark of 134-11 (41.13m) in the javelin before wrapping up the day with a career-best 5:06.11 in the 1500m.
Hocketstaller continued her theme of career bests by opening the day with a PR 18-5.75 (5.63m) long jump, then the competition’s top heave of 139-9 (42.61m) in the javelin throw, which ranks eighth all-time at Idaho. She ran a 2:37.22 in the 800m to finish up the event with the sixth-best score in Idaho history.
WALNUT, Calif. – Vandal sophomore Alycia Butterworth hit a nine-second season best and came up an instant shy of career-best pace to lead Idaho distance on the opening night of the Mt. SAC Relays.
Butterworth cut nine seconds from her WAC-leading time in the women’s 3000m steeplechase and finished seventh in the ‘B’ section of the event with a 10:37.51. That time is just .24 seconds off her career best time and moves her into 25th in the West Region, according to the most recent rankings.
Fellow sophomore Holly Stanton took 12th in the ‘C’ section of the steeplechase with a time of 11:06.81, while junior Anna Kalbrener took 89th (4:35.61) and senior Maggie Miller finished 122nd (4:55.17) in the women’s 1500m.
Senior Markus Geiger will compete in the meet’s nightcap event, the men’s 10,000m, and a recap of his race will be available on Friday.