Friday-Saturday, Feb. 17-18
Idaho at Vandal Collegiate Moscow, Idaho
Saturday, Feb. 18
Hawai’i at Terry Albritton Memorial Sunset #3 Honolulu, Hawai’i
Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 23-25
WAC Indoor Track Championships Nampa, Idaho
Verizon WAC Men’s Athletes of the Week
Louisiana Tech’s Trey Hadnot and Idaho’s Jeremy Klas were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Feb. 6-12.
Hadnot, a sophomore from Ruston, La. (Ruston HS), ran the second-fastest time in school history in the 200-meters last Saturday, running a 21.22 at the Tyson Invitational. That mark is second in Tech history only to his 21.04 time from Jan. 27 and is 0.18 seconds better than any other Western Athletic Conference sprinter. Hadnot is currently ranked 10th in the nation in the 200-meters. He also ran a season-best time of 47.85 in the 400-meters, a mark that leads the WAC and is more than half a second better than any other WAC sprinter not from Louisiana Tech.
Klas, a senior from Moscow, Idaho (Moscow HS), broke his own Idaho school record in the men’s pole vault and jumped into seventh in the NCAA this season as the top collegiate performer at the Flotrack Husky Classic on Saturday. He cleared a career-best 17-9.75 (5.43m) to tie for second overall and finish eight inches higher than the next-best collegiate vaulter in the invitational section of the event. His WAC lead in the event is now one foot, 7.75 inches over the next-best competitor. While his mark is just short of the NCAA auto qualifying standard, it likely assures him a spot at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships for a third-consecutive season and moves him to eighth in the most recent USA Track & Field national rankings.
Other track nominees included: Idaho junior Barry Britt … Utah State senior Daniel Howell.
Other field nominees included: Utah State senior John Johnson.
Verizon WAC Women’s Athletes of the Week
Idaho’s Hannah Kiser and Louisiana Tech’s Chelsea Hayes were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Feb. 6-12.
Kiser, a sophomore from Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee HS), excelled at the Flotrack Husky Classic and UW Open last weekend, as she finished fifth overall and was the second collegian in the women’s invitational section of the 3,000-meters. She broke the WAC all-time indoor record and the Idaho school record with a time of 9:07.23, which is sixth-best in the NCAA this season. She also became just the third woman in Idaho history to meet an NCAA auto qualifying mark indoors. Her time in the 3000-meters broke Idaho’s former school record by more than 11 seconds and is the fastest in the WAC this year by a 31-second margin. Kiser followed up that performance on Sunday with a winning time of 4:46.70 in the women’s mile run at the UW Open. She won the race by a six-second margin over teammate Erica Digby, and now holds the WAC’s top times this season in the mile (4:42.41) and 3000-meters (9:07.23) and has the second-fastest 800-meters time (2:10.65).
Hayes, a senior from New Orleans, La. (Butler County CC), reclaimed the national lead and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend with a jump of 21-8 (6.60m) in the long jump. That mark not only set a school record, but also set a Western Athletic Conference record, topping the 21-5.25 (6.53m) jump of Boise State’s Eleni Kafourou in 2009. With the mark, Hayes won the long jump championship competition at the prestigious Tyson Invitational and provisionally qualified for the US Olympic Trials in June.
Other track nominees included: Hawai’i Ashley Satterwhite… Nevada junior Angelica Earls … New Mexico State junior Courtney Schultz … Utah State senior Kylie Hirschi.
Other field nominees included: Hawai’i TeRina Keenan … Idaho junior Alyssa Covington … Nevada junior Deborah Amoah … New Mexico State senior Jndia Cleveland … Utah State sophomore Sonia Grabowska.
Fresno State competed at two events last weekend in Seattle, Wash., the Husky Classic, on Friday and Saturday, and the UW Open, on Sunday ... freshman Meagan Paracholski shattered the school record in the indoor 1,000-meters, finishing with a time of 2:54.96 ... Kristin Galvez ran a personal record in the 3000-meters, finishing with a time of 10:15.09 ... Meagan McKee won the weight throw with a distance of 18.54m and also placed second in the shot put tossing 15.39m ... Ann Poythress and Marrijtje Molenhuis ran personal records in the 3000-meter run ... the Bulldogs next compete at the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, from Feb. 23-25.
Hawai’i competed at two events last weekend in Seattle, Wash., the Husky Classic, on Friday and Saturday, and the UW Open, on Sunday ... senior TeRina Keenan captured the shot put competition at the Husky Classic with a personal best throw of 49-5.5 (15.07m) .. senior Madara Apine placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 40-5.5 (12.33m) ... at the UW Open, sophomore Ashley Satterwhite broke a school record in the 200-meter dash (25.55)... the Rainbow Wahine return to Honolulu to host the Terry Albritton Memorial, on Saturday, the third of five all-comer meets during the Sunset Series, before competing in the Western Athletic Conference Championships, Feb. 23-25.
Last weekend, Idaho competed at the Husky Classic, on Friday and Saturday, and the UW Open, on Sunday, in Seattle, Wash. ... in the Husky Classic, sophomore Hannah Kiser earned a first career NCAA Indoor Championships bid with a school-record time of 9:07.23 in the 3000m ... senior Jeremy Klas cleared 17-9.75 (5.43m) to tie for second overall and finish as the top collegiate competitor in the event ... junior Barry Britt placed 22nd in the 3000-meters, a school record that also topped his own New Brunswick, Canada provincial record ... this week, the Vandal track and field will host its final home meet of the year, the Vandal Collegiate, on Friday and Saturday in Moscow, Idaho.
Louisiana Tech competed at the Tyson Invitational, in Fayetteville, Ark., last weekend ... sophomore Trey Hadnot finished sixth in the 200-meters with a time of 21.22, second in LT history, only to his school-record time of 21.04 set earlier this season ... senior Chelsea Hayes reclaimed the national lead and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend with a jump of 21-8 (6.60m) in the long jump ... she also broke her own school record in the 60-meter dash, running 7.32 in the semifinals ... junior Micara Vassell recorded the 10th longest shot put throw in school history, with a mark of 49-5.75 (15.08m), to finish fifth ... Tech will compete next in the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, from Feb. 23-25.
Nevada competed at the Boise State Team Challenge last Friday and Saturday ... junior Deborah Amoah finished with two top 10 Nevada performances, two first place finishes, and two personal best marks in the 60m hurdles (8.69) and triple jump (12.35m) ... she also took second place in the long jump event with a 5.71m leap ... junior Angelica Earls recorded a 7.45 in the 60-meters and 24.38 in the 200-meters, both school records ... senior La Tijera Avery followed up her impressive showing last week at the New Balance Invitational with a third place finish in high jump, clearing 1.72m ... next up for the Wolf Pack is the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, from Feb. 23-25.
New Mexico State
New Mexico State concluded its regular season last weekend ... most of the team traveled to Colorado Spring, Colo., for the Air Force Invite where six records were set by five different Aggies ... a trio of Aggie distance runners traveled to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic, where all three set school records ... junior LaSasha Aldredge set a new school record for the 400-meters (54.86) ... senior Jndia Cleveland broke the school record for the 60-meters hurdles(8.56), finishing thrid ... junior Courtney Schultz placed fourth in the 3000 meters (16:44.33) at the Husky Classic, setting a new school record ... next up for NMSU is the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, from Feb. 23-25.
Utah State’s squad competed at three different locations last weekend ... on Saturday, USU had 15 student-athletes place in the top-10 and 11 Aggies set new personal-best marks at both the Boise State Team Challenge and at Washington’s FloTrack Husky Classic ... senior Sonia Grabowska won her second pole vault title of the season clearing 4.05m (13-03.50) ... on Friday, USU collected one event title and 13 top-10 finishes at three different meets ... sophomore Kylie Hirschi captured her second-straight 800-meter title (2:12.56) at the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. ... next up for the Aggies is the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, from Feb. 23-25.