This Week in Vandal Track & Field
Vandal Jamboree (May 9-10) Moscow, Idaho
The University of Idaho track and field team will host the Vandal Jamboree Friday and Saturday at the Dan O’Brien Track & Field Complex. Friday will feature the men’s and women’s portion of the hammer throw beginning at 1 p.m. (PT). Saturday begins with the women’s portion of the discus throw at 11 a.m. Events on the track begin at 1 p.m. with the men’s section of the 10,000m run. This is Idaho’s final tune-up before the Western Athletic Conference Championships May 14-17.
Last year at the Vandal Jamboree, multiple season and career-best marks were hit. Junior Jesse Villines and Blake Gerling both posted personal-best marks in the 400m hurdles. Villines time of 52.68 moved him into the NCAA West top-48. Also, sophomore Jerrica Hauck posted a career-best mark of 12-75 (3.85m) in the pole vault.
A Quick Recap
Friday at the OSU High Performance Meet three Vandals earned individual victories. Junior Emmanuel Panchol claimed the title in the triple jump, junior Ben Ayesu-Attah claimed the victory in the 400m and junior Cody Helbling added the third victory over the meet in the 5000m. Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invitational, Senior Hannah Kiser ran a WAC-leading time of 16:21.29 in the 5,000m and senior teammate Alycia Butterworth improved her WAC-leading time in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:08.64.
NCAA Outdoor Qualification
NCAA outdoor track and field is in the fifth season of the two-region national qualification system. The top 48 athletes in each event qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, which are split between the East and West Regions. The Preliminary Round sites host the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships qualifying rounds of the field events and the opening rounds through semifinals of track events (depending on the event distance). In the first year of the system in 2010, Idaho had eight women and five men qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Round. Last season, five women and eight men qualified. This year’s NCAA West Preliminary will be hosted by the University of Arkansas.