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Idaho Closes Out Day Two
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/30/2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The University of Idaho closed out day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field West Regional on Friday at the University of Arkansas’s John McDonnell Track.

Idaho thrower Kyle Rothwell starred the open event of the day. The 2014 Western Athletic Conference hammer throw champion was fourth in his flight after his first two throws. His final toss of 59.67m (195-9) ranked him sixth in the overall standings for the moment. Rothwell finished 22nd overall, placing him in the upper half of the competition. 

Ben Ayesu-Attah qualified for Friday’s 400m semifinal heats after running a 46.87 on Thursday. The semifinals grouped eight runners in three separate heats. Ayesu-Attah ran in the final heat and placed 22nd overall with a time of 47.16. The Canadian sprinter finished 0.9 seconds out of the top 12, narrowly missing the cut to move forward.

"Kyle threw well today and just missed making the finals," director of track and field Wayne Phipps said. "I was pleased that Ben was able to advance a round further than last season."

The night’s final event featured the women’s 3000m steeplechase. Idaho’s Alycia Butterworth entered the event ranked sixth in the West Region and 16th in the NCAA. Butterworth ran in the first heat but did not finish the race. 

"Alycia had an awesome season, running one of the top times in the nation," Phipps commented. "Today was a tough day for her. Unfortunately her only off-race of the season. She ran a hard triple at conference to help her team and she never really recovered from that weekend."

Idaho will wrap up the meet on Saturday with Katelyn Peterson (high jump), Hannah Kiser (5000m) and Arphaxad Carroll (triple jump) all in action.

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