The Idaho track and field squad headed to Seattle, Washington, to compete in the Husky Classic. A number of Vandals posted top-marks and set new personal records, particularly in the field events.
Freshman Rechelle Meade grabbed the victory in the high-jump with a jump of 1.75 meters, a new personal record. This mark lands her into a tie for second in the conference. Meade picked up another first place win and new personal record in the long jump with a hop of 5.81 meters.
Senior Katelyn Peterson also came out strong in the high jump with a fourth place finish with a 1.67-meter leap.
Two Vandals had strong performances in the high jump on the men’s side. Both junior Dusan Jevtic and senior Drew Thompson finished in the top10. Jevtic came in sixth with a jump of 1.95 meters followed by Thompson in seventh with a final height of 1.90 meters.
Freshman Karina Moreland finished in sixth place in the triple jump with a leap of 11.41 meters.
On the men’s side, freshman Jonny Magee finished in eighth place in the triple jump with a bound of 13.98 meters.
A collection of Vandals found success in the throwing events.
Senior Adara Winder had a strong performance in the shot put with a throw of 14.47 meters. The distance is tied for the best in the Big Sky Conference this season.
Junior Kolcie Bates claimed a sixth place victory in the weight throw with a toss of 16.63 meters.
The men’s team found equal success in the throwing events.
Freshman Zachary Short took second place in the shot put with a throw of 17.47. His throw set a new personal record and moves him into the top five performances in the Big Sky Conference.
Sophomore Matthew Pete Bauman earned fifth place and a new personal record with a toss of 16.83 meters.
Idaho’s success was not limited to the field.
The Story sisters proved to be a dominating force this weekend. Freshman Kara Story competed well with a personal record-breaking time of 9:49.34 in the 3000 meters to move herself into fourth in the conference. Both Krista and Kara Story had a solid day in the mile-run as well. Freshman Krista Story lead the way, finishing fourth in 4:57.16, followed by Kara in ninth with a time of 4:58.98.
Sophomore Andrea Condie finished in ninth place in the 3000-meter with a time of 9:50.70. This sets a new personal record for Condie as well as moves her into fifth place in the conference.
In the 800-meter sophomore Kaleala Bass came in 10th place at 2:15.09. Bass was also part of the 4×400 meter relay team with senior Marquita Palmer, junior Meghan Palesch and senior Wednesday Walton that claimed second place in 3:59.28.
The men’s 4×400 meter relay squad, made of freshman Mack Baxter, senior Ian Middleton, freshman Dean Ellenwood and senior Blake Gerling, mimicked the women’s success in the event with a second place finish with a time of 3:20.01.
Sophomore Zion Stuffle and freshman Ben Doucette lead the way in the 60-meter hurdles. Stuffle finished in fifth place in 8.35 seconds followed closely by Doucette who crossed the line just barely behind Stuffle in 8.37 seconds to grab a sixth place finish.
In the 3000 meters, freshman Grayson Ollar finished in eighth at 8:20.33. This time moves him into the top10 in the Big Sky Conference this season.
Idaho heads on to the Big Sky Conference Championships Feb. 23 in Pocatello, Idaho.
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