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BIG WEST COMMISIONER'S CUP RESULTS
Idaho isn't slated to join the Sun Belt in all sports until 2005, but the Vandals are staking their claim to be one of the best all-around programs in the Big West. The Cup is presented to the institution with the best overall results in the conference's 17 sponsored sports championships during the 2002-2003 season. It is the fifth year the Cup has been awarded. This year the Vandals finished 3rd in the 10 team Big West Conference, for Idaho's best overall finish ever. We edged out Cal Poly by 5 tenths of a point, and came out above future SBC-mate Utah State, which finished 6th.
Commissioner's Cup Final Standings
Our final standings were helped in large part by the Women's Cross Country team, which won the Big West (led by individual champion Letiwe Marakurwa), the Women's Track team which won the BWC Championship (and qualified 3 for Nationals this summer), the Men's and Women's Golf teams which both finished 2nd in the Conference Tournament, and the Men's Track team which finished fourth.
Many congratulations to the Idaho athletic department, and to all of our athletes who helped the University of Idaho earn this honor. Excellent effort!
BIG WEST TRACK
This was certainly a banner year for the Idaho Women's Track team as they scored nearly twice as many points as the second place finisher in this year's Big West Championships. It was their second Big West Championship in the last 3 years. It was also a memorable day for senior sprinter Angela Whyte as she took home gold in the 100, 200, 100 meter hurdles, and the 4x100 relay (plus a number of other medals). In the end, she would be named the Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Year while coach Yogi Teevens took home a much deserved honor as Women's Coach of the Year. The Women will be sending 3 athletes to Nationals later this month, including Angela Whyte (100m hurdles), junior Letiwe Marakurwa (3000m steeplechase), and senior Dacia Fernandez (heptathalon). Below is a link to the Women's track results, and our hats are off to the entire team.
BWC Women's Track Championships
On the Men's side, the Vandals finished 4th overall and will be sending 3 athletes to Nationals. Idaho's strongest performance came from distance runner Jan Eitel (a junior) who won the 5000 meter run and 3000 steeple chase. A hearty congratulations to Jan as he was also named the Big West Male Track Athlete of the Year. He will be joined by junior Hugh Henry (110m hurdles) and sophomore-to-watch Jereme Richardson (decathalon) at Nationals. Of special note was that Vandal cornerback J.R. Ruffin finished 4th in the 100 yard dash, while both J.R. and wide receiver Cedric Thompson competed on Idaho's 4x100 team which sprinted to a 4th place finish. The complete Men's results can be seen at the link below:
BWC Men's Track Championships
The National Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at Cal State Sacramento June 11-14. Below is a link to the official website for the event.
National Track & Field Website
Tune in and cheer our athletes on to victory!
BIG WEST TENNIS
The Idaho Men's Tennis team ended the season ranked fifth in the Conference, aided by 1st Team All-Conference Singles selection Brad Lum-Tucker, a junior this spring. Brad was the only individual player to earn such an honor on the Vandal Tennis team, and we want to congratulate him on another outstanding effort (his doubles team also earned All-Conference 2nd Team recognition). Best of luck next season!
OK, this has nothing whatsoever to do with sports, but we were curious about this mule that was recently cloned in a scientific breakthrough on the University of Idaho campus. The collaborative effort between the U of I and Utah State University began at the Northwest Equine Reproduction Laboratory on the UI Moscow campus, and its significance to the scientific community made a splash on National and International headlines. Well, we were curious about what this little guy looked like, so below is a snazzy photo of Idaho Gem, followed by links to the story if you haven't already read them.
Congratulations to the entire team involved with this endeavor!
Kevin German / AP
University of Idaho Press Release
Genome News Network
The Washington Post
BBC News - UK Edition