Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Junior Andrey Levkiv
T&F Puts Up Strong Marks
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 02/01/2014
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PULLMAN, Wash – University of Idaho track and field started well at the Cougar Indoor on Friday, and bested that effort with seven individual wins and 21 career-best marks Saturday to conclude the meet.

Junior Abby Larson hit a major PR in the 3000m with a second-place finish and career-best time of 10:17.48, which converts to 10:12.18 for track size. Sophomore Valerie Mitchell took the fourth-place spot in the event with a career-best time of 10:20.76, which converts to 10:15.49, followed by sophomore Alex Sciocchetti also hitting a career-best time of 10:34.10, which converts to 10:28.71.

Also for the Vandals, freshman Alex Siemens hit a double, winning the mile with a converted time of 5:09.53 and also winning her heat of the 800m with a converted time of 2:19.79. Junior Karlene Hurrel took the individual victory in the 200m with a time of 25.07, which converts to 24.69.

“I thought we had another great meet,” Idaho director of track & field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “Karlene had an awesome performance in the 200m and Alex had a great double.”

On the men’s side, senior Andrew Bloom won the 400m with a time of 48.45 while freshman teammate Arphaxad Carroll took the individual victory in the long jump with a career-best mark of 23-9.5.

Sophomore Drew Thompson finished out the second half of the men’s heptathlon finishing seventh with 3,752 points.  After producing career-best marks in all the events yesterday, senior Colin Briggs had to pull out of the heptathlon on day two due to an injury.

For the second-consecutive week, junior Jesse Villines hit a career-best time in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.48. While senior Andrey Levkiv took the individual victory in the shot put with a career-best heave of 51-11.

“Overall I was very pleased with the team’s performance this weekend,” Phipps said. “I am very excited about them competing at home next weekend in the Vandal Indoor.”

The Vandals will be back at home this weekend hosting the Vandal Indoor on Friday evening, followed by the Idaho Open, sponsored by Runners Soul, on Saturday morning. Both meets will take place at the Kibbie Dome.

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