Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Junior Jesse Villines
T&F Open Three Day Stint
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/17/2014
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LOS ANGELES, Calif – The University of Idaho track and field team opened up its three day stretch of competitions Thursday at the CSULA Twilight Open, the Whitworth Twilight Invitational and the Mt. Sacs Relays, producing strong opening marks.

At the CSULA Twilight Open, the vandals posted two individual wins and multiple season-best marks.

Sophomore Santos Vargas crossed the finish line with a first-place time of 9:50.41 in the 3k steeplechase, while senior Andrew Bloom added an individual victory in the 400m with a time of 48.47.

Freshman Alex Siemens ran a season-best time of 4:42.17 in the 1500 to take the second-place spot, followed by freshman Ally Ginther in third with a time of 4:45.36. Redshirt freshman Adara Winder placed fourth in the shot put with a season-best heave of 47-8.5 (14.54m), followed by freshman Ana Pardo in sixth with a mark of 45-0.25(13.72m).

 For the men, junior Jesse Villines finished second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.39m followed by sophomore teammate Blake Gerling in fourth with a time of 54.48. Freshman Arphaxad Carroll finished fourth in the long jump with a season-best jump of 23-3.25 (7.09m), while freshman Dusan Jevtic placed third in the high jump with a leap of 6-8 (2.03m) and senior Kyle Rothwell took the fourth-place spot in the hammer throw with a heave of 196-3 (59.81m).

A little closer to home at the Whitworth Twilight Invitational at Spokane, Wash., senior Megan Dempsey placed third in the 800m with a career-best time of 2:25.46, while junior teammate Helga Machleidt placed second in the 5000m with a time of 20:53.71.

Sophomore Max McIntosh placed second in both the 110m hurdles (15.67) and the 400m hurdles (58.07), while freshman Sean Hollenbeck placed fourth in the 800m (2:00.29) followed by junior Nick Howe in fifth (2:00.36).

The Vandal men concluded the Whitworth Twilight meet in fourth with 33 points, while the women finished in sixth with 28 points.

At the Mt.Sac relays, University of Idaho alumna and jumps coach Angela Whyte placed second in the heptathlon with a score of 6,018. Her score ranks third best in the world so far this season.

Sophomore Drew Thompson took 13th in the decathlon at the California Invitational, with a score of 6,025. Thompson posted career-best marks in the 400m (52.73), the pole vault (12-9, 3.90m) and the javelin throw (132-4, 40.35m).

Idaho continues action tomorrow at the Mt. Sac Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational. Events kick off for the Mt. Sac Relays at 10 a.m. (PT) with the men’s UO Open 110m Hurdles and the men’s UO open portion of the hammer throw. At the Bryan Clay Invitational, events begin at 9 a.m. with the women’s long jump and pole vault. Running events begin at 12:10 p.m. with the men’s 4x400m relay.  

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