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Idaho Sweeps 2014 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

OREM, Utah
– Idaho swept the 2014 WAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Hal Wing Track and Field on the campus of Utah Valley.

For the men, Idaho won its second WAC outdoor championship title in three years, tallying 204 points. Utah Valley placed second with 158 points, and Grand Canyon earned 156 points for third place. Kansas City came in fourth, recording 109 points. Texas-Pan American placed fifth with 81 points, followed by Seattle U in sixth with 56 points. Bakersfield (40) and Chicago State (six) completed the men’s scores.

On the women’s side, Idaho won its first-ever WAC outdoor championship, compiling 182.50 points for the crown. Grand Canyon placed second, posting 164 points. Utah Valley finished in third place with 128 points. New Mexico State placed fourth with 120.50 points, followed by Texas-Pan American in fifth with 81 points. Kansas City finished in sixth place with 77 points, while Seattle U placed seventh with 41 points. Bakersfield (13) and Chicago State (12) rounded out the women’s action.

For the men’s individual awards (voted upon by the coaches), Utah Valley’s Michael McPherson garnered Outstanding Field Performer as well as the High Point Award (30 points). Grand Canyon’s Lance Parker took home the Outstanding Track Performer award. Idaho’s Arphaxad Carroll won Freshman of the Year honors, and Idaho’s Wayne Phipps was named Coach of the Year.

For the women’s individual awards (voted upon by the coaches), Idaho’s Hannah Kiser won both the Outstanding Track Performer award and the High Point Award (30 points). Kiser collected three gold medals, for the 1,500-meter run, the 5,000m and the 10,000m, becoming the first in WAC outdoor track and field history to win all three events in the same meet. The Outstanding Field Performer award went to Grand Canyon’s Vanessa Levy, while Idaho’s Katelyn Peterson was named Freshman of the Year. Idaho’s Wayne Phipps garnered Coach of the Year honors.

The final day of the championship started with the men’s hammer throw, and unlike the past two years, someone other than an Idaho Vandal stood atop the medal stand. Bakersfield junior Bryan Wilmert posted a mark of 58.33 meters (191-04) to claim the Roadrunners’ first gold medal of the meet. Texas-Pan American junior Javier Carretero took silver (57.28m), and Kansas City junior Kris Leverette brought home the bronze with a career-best throw (56.62m).

For the women, the day started with the javelin throw. After three years of domination by New Mexico State in the event, Idaho sophomore Taylor Feinauer threw a personal-best 47.47 meters (155-09) to claim the top spot and points for the Vandals. New Mexico State did make the top three, as Aggie junior Tiffany Gerber placed second (42.02m). Texas-Pan American sophomore Cristina Santiago took third (40.69m).

The running events began with the women’s 400-meter relay. New Mexico State’s squad of Alishia Perkins, Jenna Banegas, Paige Patterson and Brianna Cromarti nabbed the gold, finishing in 45.37 seconds. Grand Canyon took second (45.68), while Kansas City placed third (46.76).

For the men’s 400-meter relay, Grand Canyon’s team of Niels Theijs, Cody Bidlow, Marcus Flannigan and Lance Parker captured first place for the Antelopes with a time of 40.59 seconds. Utah Valley claimed second place (41.37), and Kansas City finished third (41.49).

In the women’s 1,500-meter run, Idaho’s Hannah Kiser added to her medal collection, crossing the line in 4:30.36 to claim the gold. New Mexico State’s Diana Hawk placed second (4:33.81), followed by Idaho’s Marquita Palmer in third place (4:36.54).

In a closely-contested men’s 1,500-meter run, Texas-Pan American senior Martin Casse took top honors with a time of 3:56.07, followed by Seattle U’s Collin Overbay (3:56.88). Kansas City’s Taylor Wardall finished third with a time of 3:57.21.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Kansas City junior Shanelle Williams captured first place (13.76 seconds), followed by Utah Valley teammates Ali Shields (14.24) and Jessica Lingwall (14.44).

Grand Canyon’s men went one-two in the 110-meter hurdles. Junior Jahliell Wiltshire took top honors (14.39 seconds), while teammate LeSean Marks garnered silver (14.68). Utah Valley’s Kyler Sprague brought home the bronze (14.70).

Grand Canyon junior Myoa Mckenie captured gold for the Antelopes in the women’s 400-meter dash, posting a time of 53.57 seconds. New Mexico State teammates Brianna Cromartie (55.43) and Paige Patterson (55.58) rounded out the medal stand.

In the men’s 400-meter dash, Idaho junior Ben Ayesu-Attah captured the title for the second time in three years, finishing first in 46.62 seconds. Grand Canyon’s Josh Ralston nabbed second (47.47), and Seattle U’s Shaddye Melu placed third (47.53). At this point in the day, the battle for second in the men’s team standings began, as Grand Canyon tied Utah Valley in total points thus far.

A duo of personal bests dictated the men’s triple jump top two positions. Idaho freshman Arphaxad Carroll recorded a leap of 15.06 meters (49-05.00) to finish first, while Kansas City Joshua Harden used his personal-best mark of 14.84m to grab second place. Grand Canyon’s Akintunde Adeyemi took third with a distance of 14.59m.

Grand Canyon went one-two in the women’s 100-meter dash, with seniors Shavine Hodges (11.33) and Samantha Bogatz (11.71) leading the charge, finishing first and second, respectively. New Mexico State’s Jenna Banegas climbed the medal stand for third (11.79).

Grand Canyon swept the podium in the women’s pole vault, racking up team points to move into second place and start closing the gap on the first-place Vandals. In the event, the competition for gold came down to a jump-off between seniors, as Lauren Graham captured the crown after she and fellow Antelope Amy Hop both cleared the 3.85-meter height. Fellow ‘Lope Jennifer Rolph cleared 3.70m to take third place.

In the women’s 800-meter run, New Mexico State sophomore Latrice Brooks captured the title, crossing the finish line in 2:11.25. Utah Valley’s Aisha Graham (2:13.37) narrowly beat out Idaho’s Marquita Palmer (2:13.60) for second place.

The men’s 800-meter run also had a close finish, as Texas-Pan American’s Martin Casse (1:51.44) edged out Utah Valley’s Trac Norris (1:51.72) at the line for the win. Idaho’s Danny Brunner placed third with a time of 1:53.05.

Idaho freshmen took the top two spots in the women’s shot put, as the Vandal women worked to extend their points lead over Grand Canyon. Vandal Ana Pardo won the crown with a personal-best throw of 14.72 meters (48-03.50). Teammate Adara Winder took second place (14.41m). Chicago State senior Jaya Emerson earned the meet’s first gold for the Cougars with a career-best toss of 13.92m.

In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, Texas-Pan American gained points for placing first and third, as Deandra Barroso took the title (1:00.85) and teammate Geneve Anderson nabbed the bronze (1:02.59). Grand Canyon’s Amanda Sims brought home the silver (1:01.59).

Texas-Pan American prevailed in the men’s 400-meter hurdles as well, with senior Dijan Johnson taking the top spot with a time of 50.74 seconds. Utah Valley’s Kyler Sprague garnered second place (51.59), followed by Grand Canyon’s LeSean Marks in third place (51.67).

Grand Canyon nabbed two of the top three places in the women’s 200-meter dash to continue to claw away at the Idaho women’s lead. Antelope seniors Shavine Hodges (23.45), and Samantha Bogatz (24.27), placed first and third, respectively. New Mexico State’s Alishia Perkins (24.03), garnered second place.

In the men’s 200-meter dash, Grand Canyon senior Lance Parker finished first in 21.19 seconds, followed by Idaho’s Ben Ayesu-Attah (21.31). Utah Valley’s Michael McPherson finished third (21.39).

The Idaho men continued to rack up points, as the Vandals placed two seniors in the top three spots in the discus throw. Senior Andrey Levkiv earned the title with a mark of 48.30 meters (158-05), and teammate Kyle Rothwell placed third (45.56m). Texas-Pan American junior Trey Taylor unleashed a season-best throw to take second place.

Idaho’s Hannah Kiser claimed her second gold medal of the day (and third of the meet), as she captured her third outdoor 5,000-meter WAC championship title in four years, crossing the line in 17:43.30 for the accolade. Utah Valley’s Ivie Gonsalves placed second (17:53.00), while Idaho’s Alycia Butterworth took third (18:05.40). Idaho picked up a total of 21 points in the event to pad its lead over second-place Grand Canyon.

Kansas City took the top two spots in the men’s 5,000-meter run. Freshmen teammates Bryce Miller (15:13.87) and Nathan Keown (15:16.61) earned gold and silver medals, respectively. Grand Canyon’s Tyler Vandyke (15:22.39) brought home the bronze for the ‘Lopes.

In the men’s high jump, after staying within five points of the leaders throughout the afternoon, the Utah Valley men earned enough points to overtake Grand Canyon for second place in the team standings. Utah Valley’s Scott Moake won the event, clearing a height of 2.08m (6-09.75). Texas-Pan American’s Antonio Gonzales turned in a personal-best performance to land second place (2.05m). Seattle U’s Shaddye Melu earned third place with a mark of 2.02m.

It was a trio of best times in the women’s triple jump. Grand Canyon senior Jessica Yates turned in a season-best mark of 12.40m (40-08.25) to win the event. Idaho’s Faith Eruwa had a personal-best leap of 12.32m for second place, and Utah Valley’s Lauren Hicks earned third place with a personal-best mark of her own.

In the final women’s event of the evening, the 1600-meter relay, Grand Canyon’s squad of Amanda Sims, Shavine Hodges, Christine Miles and Moya Mckenzie ran away with the title, posting a time of 3:43.40. New Mexico State finished second (3:44.87), followed by Utah Valley in third (3:47.26).

The men’s 1600-meter relay brought the championship to a close, as Grand Canyon’s team of Jahliell Wiltshire, Stephan Bullard, LeSean Marks and Josh Ralston won the closely-contested race with a time of 3:12.29. Texas-Pan American was fractions of a second behind (3:12.58), as was Utah Valley (3:12.75), who took third.

Men’s Team Scores  
1.    Idaho, 204
2.    Utah Valley, 158
3.    Grand Canyon, 156
4.    Kansas City, 109
5.    Texas-Pan American, 81
6.    Seattle U, 56
7.    Bakersfield, 40
8.    Chicago State, 6

Women’s Team Scores  
1.    Idaho, 182.50
2.    Grand Canyon, 164
3.    Utah Valley, 128
4.    New Mexico State, 120.50
5.    Texas-Pan American, 81
6.    Kansas City, 77
7.    Seattle U, 41
8.    Bakersfield, 13
9.    Chicago State, 12

Men’s Individual Awards (voted upon by the coaches)
Outstanding Track Performer: Lance Parker, Grand Canyon
Outstanding Field Performer: Michael McPherson, Utah Valley
Freshman of the Year: Arphaxad Carroll, Idaho
High Point Award Winner: Michael McPherson, Utah Valley, 30 pts.
Coach of the Year: Wayne Phipps, Idaho

Women’s Individual Awards (voted upon by the coaches)
Outstanding Track Performer: Hannah Kiser, Idaho
Outstanding Field Performer: Vanessa Levy, Grand Canyon
Freshman of the Year: Katelyn Peterson, Idaho
High Point Award Winner: Hannah Kiser, Idaho, 30 pts.
Coach of the Year: Wayne Phipps, Idaho


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Wednesday, May 14
Multi-Events Results Photos Recap
Thursday, May 15
Multi-Events and 10,000-Meter Run
Post-Event Video: Ashli Schulz | Michael McPherson
Results Photos Recap
Friday, May 16
Track and Field Events
Post-Event Video: Wayne Phipps
Results Photos Recap
Saturday, May 17
Track and Field Events
Post-Event Video: Wayne Phipps | Michael McPherson | Hannah Kiser
Results Photos Recap

Photos by Shane Truskolaski; Linsey Craig

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