Track and Field: In leaps and bounds

The Idaho track and field team moved west to compete in Spokane at the Spokane Memorial where several athletes finished with personal bests and wins.

A handful of Vandals found success in the 400-meter events. Freshman Dean Ellenwood finished first in the 400-meter race with a time of 49.49 seconds, while teammate senior Ian Middleton was second in 49.57 seconds. Freshman Mack Baxter was victorious in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.36 seconds.

On the women’s side, junior Meghan Palesch and senior Wednesday Walton had strong performances in the 400-meter hurdles. Palesch claimed first in the event with a time of 1:02.03 and was closely followed by Walton in second with a time of 1:02.74. Both athletes’ performances moved them into the Big Sky top-10. In the women’s 400-meter race, sophomore Kaleala Bass won with a personal record time of 57.71 seconds.

Sophomore Erin Hagen had a strong performance in the 800-meter race to grab a first-place finish with a time of 2:19.57.

In the sprint events, sophomore Kaizer Gillispie set a new personal record and won the 200-meter dash in 21.60 seconds. This performance moves him into 10th in the conference standings in the event.

The field events proved to be a strong suit of the Idaho team, with a total of five athletes claiming the victory. Freshman Karina Moreland won the triple jump with a personal best leap of 11.97 meters. This mark moves her into fifth in the conference. Freshman Rechelle Meade won the high jump with a spring of 1.70 meters.

Senior Adara Winder and junior Kolcie Bates came out strong in the throwing events. Winder won the shot put with a toss of 13.70 meters. Bates came in second with a throw of 13.63 meters. Bates also grabbed the win in the discus with a throw of 43.61 meters.

On the men’s side, freshman Kasin Pendergrass-Anderson won the long jump with a leap of 7.11 meters.

Idaho will head to the Boise Border Clash beginning April 28th in Boise, Idaho.

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