|T&F Ends Weekend In Seattle|
SEATTLE, Wash – University of Idaho track and field competed with a small group of athletes Sunday at the UW Open and earned five individual victories and hit 14 career-best marks at the meet hosted by the University of Washington.
Freshman Arphaxad Carroll earned an individual victory in the long jump with a leap of 23-3.25 (7.09m) and followed it up with a second place finish in the triple jump (44-2, 13.46m). Senior Kyle Rothwell also earned an individual victory in the men’s weight throw with a heave of 60-5.75. Junior Ben Ayesu-Attah ran a first-place time of 1:20.55 in the 600m while freshman Meghan Palesch earned the individual victory in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.97. Freshman Faith Eruwa added the fifth individual victory in the triple jump with a career-best leap of 37-4.5.
The women’s 800m runners – freshman Emma Balazs, freshman Alex Siemens and freshman Wednesday Walton all hit career-best marks today. Balazs lead the way in second with a time of 2:14.93 followed by Siemens in fifth with a time of 2:15.22 and Walton wrapped up the trio with a 15th place time of 2:21.41.
Senior Holly Stanton Browning hit a career-best mark in the 3000m with an eighth-place time of 9:49.87 beating her previous career-best time by 27- seconds. Junior Abby Larson also hit a career-best time in the event finishing in 11th with a time of 10:07.01, followed closely by sophmore Valerie Mitchell in 12th with a career-best time of 10:07.6.
On the men’s side, sophomore Blake Gerling beat his career-best mark, set yesterday, in the 800m with a 17th place finish in a time of 1:55.78. Sophomore Santos Vargas placed 14th in the men’s mile with a career-best time of 4:21.53, while freshman Juan Medina Cuenca hit a career-best in the shot put of 50-0.
After the meets this weekend, the Vandals have one more final tune-up before the Western Athletic Conference Championships. The Vandals will travel across the border to Pullman, Wash., to compete in the WSU Open II Indoor hosted by Washington State. Friday will showcase the men’s and women’s weight throw beginning at 4 p.m. (PT) with the women’s section. Field events are slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the women’s portion of the long jump; field events will start at 10 a.m. with the women’s 60m hurdles preliminaries.