This Week in Idaho Track & Field
Western Athletic Conference Championships (May 14-17)
The University of Idaho track and field team will travel to the WAC Championships May 14-17 at Odem, Utah hosted by Utah Valley. Multi-events begin Wednesday with the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon. Thursday concludes the multi-events and also features the men’s and women’s 10,000m final. Friday consist of eight finals in field events. Events on the track begin at 1 p.m. with the final of the 3,000m steeplechase with the men’s to follow – all other events on the track are prelims over the day. Saturday features eight more field finals and 10 men’s and women’s track finals.
Last year at the WAC Outdoor Championships, the Vandal women finished third and the men finished fourth. The Vandals ended the meet with nine individual WAC champions, 17 first-team and 16 second-team all-WAC performances. Senior Hannah Kiser took home gold in both the 10,000m and 5,000m run and also earned WAC Track Performer of the Year honors.
A Quick Recap
Last weekend at the Vandal Jamboree, the Vandals combined to win 11 events on their home turf. Junior Emmanuel Panchol claimed the title in the high jump, while freshman Arphaxad Carroll earned an individual victory in the long jump. Junior Matt Sullivan claimed the crown in the pole vault and senior Andrey Levkiv took the top spot in the shot put. On the track, freshman Phillip Kearns was first across the line in the 800m, junior Ben Ayesu-Attah ran a first-place time in the 200m and junior Jesse Villines added the final victory for the men in the 400m hurdles. For the women, senior Karlene Hurrel ran a first-place time in the 100m and senior Cait Rowland claimed the title in the long jump. Also, sophomore Tayler Feinauer heaved a first-place toss in the javelin throw and freshman Ana Pardo added a victory in the shot put.
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.