The Idaho Duals ended in a number of positive outcomes for the Vandals, with several athletes finishing with top-marks and personal-bests.
“I thought it went well,” Idaho Director of Track and Field/Cross-Country Tim Cawlee said. “Any time you get a lot of lifetime-bests, it’s always a good day.”
Junior Quinn Mitchell, took first in the weight throw with a career-best throw of 18.22 meters, which was good enough to move Mitchell to the top-five in the Big Sky this season.
Sophomore sprinter Ben Doucette had a winning run in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.94 seconds, a personal-best and the fastest time in the Big Sky this season.
Junior Austin Fred took first in the men’s mile. Fred finished with a personal-best time of 4:17.43. Sophomore Fabian Cardenas took second in the same event with a time of 4:18.29.
Sophomore runner Kara Story took first in the women’s mile with a time of 5:02.11. Junior Andrea Condie claimed a second place in the event with a time of 5:05.36
Freshman Britt Ipsen took first in the high jump. Ipsen tied his season-best at 1.95 meters. He also took third in the triple jump with a jump of 13.21 meters.
Sophomore Karina Moreland took first in the woman’s triple jump with a jump of 11.93 meters. This performance moved Moreland into second in the Big-Sky standings.
The Vandals took both first and second place in the 400-meters. Freshman Nik Chappee won the event with a season-best time for 49.06 seconds, followed by sophomore Mack Baxter with a time 49.44 seconds, which was also a season best for him.
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Kaizer Gillispie, Baxter, Dean Ellenwood and Chappee took first with a time of 3:17.29, the best time in the Big Sky this season.
Junior middle-distance runner Kaleala Bass placed second in the 400-meters with a season-best time of 58.38 seconds.
Freshman Tristin Bowens took third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.92 seconds.
“As the team goes, they ran well,” Cawley said. “They’re starting to compete. They’re starting to turn their brains off and just let the competition come to them. They ran well, they threw well and I think we had PRs in every aspect.”
Marisa Lloyd can be reached @arg-sports.uidaho.edu