|T&F Wraps Up Final Meet Before WAC|
PULLMAN, Wash – The University of Idaho track and field team wrapped up its final weekend before Western Athletic Conference Championships at the WSU Open II, hosted by Washington State.
“We held some people out today, and ran some in different events,” Director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “Our main focus was to make sure we are rested and ready to perform our best at the WAC Championships.”
The Vandals ended the meet with three individual victories – sophomore Halie Raudenbush in the 3000m with a converted time of 10:22.82, senior Andrew Bloom in the 400m with a converted time of 48.62 and freshman Arphaxad Carroll in the long jump with a mark of 22-3.5.
“Andrew continues to have a great senior year,” Phipps said. “He is ready to have a huge breakthrough in the 400m.”
Also for the Vandals, freshman Ana Pardo finished second in the shot put with a mark of 44-8 (13.61m) and senior Kelly Jacka placed third in the 200m with a season best time of 25.17.
On the men’s side, junior Emmanuel Panchol finished third in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.25 (2.04) while freshman Phillip Kearns placed third in the 800m (1:56.54) followed by sophomore Santos Vargas in fourth (1:57.06) and sophomore Nathan Stark in fifth (1:57.55).
“We are very excited about competing at home for the WAC Championships,” Phipps said. “I am very confident in both of the team’s ability to have a successful championship meet.”
The Vandals host the Indoor WAC Championships Feb.26-28 at the ASUI-Kibbie Dome. Wednesday’s portion of the meet showcases the men’s heptathlon and the women’s pentathlon while Thursday and Friday will hold the prelims and finals. Events kick off Wednesday at noon (PT) with the women’s 60-Meter Hurdles.