MOSCOW, Russia – University of Idaho assistant track coach and Vandal Athletics Hall of Famer Angela Whyte finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Championships Saturday.
Whyte, competing for her native Canada, was timed in 12.78 seconds. Brianna Rollins of the United States won the event in 12.44.
For Whyte, it was a milestone competition after having knee surgery in 2008.
“I am extremely happy to have represented my country and the Vandals at the World Championships,” Whyte said. “I accomplished the goal that (coach) Wayne (Phipps) and I had set for myself. I do wish I could have set a personal best but I think I come away from these championships with a lot, especially since I was unsure whether or not I was even going to have a season.”
Whyte was pleased but not necessarily entirely content with her race.
“I got out relatively well, came off hurdle one and collapsed quite a bit,” she recounted. “I didn’t execute as cleanly as I wanted to but I responded well and battled back.”
Whyte finished sixth at the 2004 Olympic Games and eighth at the 2007 World Championships.
“I’m always so happy to represent the Vandals internationally as well as inspire our current Vandals (athletes and non-athletes alike) to work hard and follow their passion and see where it takes them,” said Whyte, who is a 2010 inductee into the Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame. “One million thanks to Wayne Phipps, my coach, for being the best coach an athlete can ask for and having more faith and confidence in me than I have of myself at times. And, of course, thanks to everyone who has and who continues to support me.”