|T&F Ends Weekend At Home|
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho track & field concluded the second day of its two-meet home stint Saturday at the Kibble Dome.
“Arphaxad has had a great weekend overall,” Director of track & field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “He did really well in the long jump yesterday and triple jump both days and ran a really good 60m – for a freshman to be so successful in so many events so early on is very impressive.”
Also for the Vandals, senior Andrey Levkiv took the individual victory in the shot put with a heave of 53-11 (16.43) while freshman Juan Medina Cuenca hit a career-best mark of 49-1.75 (14.98m) in the event to take the eighth place shot.
A rookie group of men’s 800m runners produced strong marks for the Vandals led by junior Blake Gerling (1:56.09) in second, senior Andrew Bloom (1:58.40) in fourth and sophomore Ian Middleton (1:59.54) in eighth.
“I thought the 800m was a good race, we ran people that sometimes don’t run the event,” Phipps said. “For the 400m runners to move up and run so well in the 800m really impressed me.”
On the women’s side, junior Taylor Hewett ran a career-best in the 400m with a time of 59.23 – her first sub-minute time in the event while freshman Wednesday Walton came back at the end to win her heat of the 400m with a career-best time of 58.62. Also for the women, sophomore Jerrica Hauck finished second in the pole vault with a career-best height of 12-5.5.
“Jerrica was amazing for us last year as a freshman and has struggled a little bit to work on some new stuff,” Phipps said. “I think today was a great breakthrough performance for her and it really sets her up well to have even bigger vaults down the road.”
Next on the schedule for the Vandals is a trip to Seattle, Wash. The Vandals will compete in the Husky Classic on Friday and Saturday and the UW Open on Sunday, all meets hosted by University of Washington.