Vandal Men take Indoor Championship

THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO hosted the WAC Indoor Championships last week, and the home venue proved advantageous as the Vandal men won the WAC Championship by one point over Grand Canyon, while the women claimed a third place overall finish. The men won in dramatic fashion when they finished 1st and 3rd in the final event (triple jump) for the narrow one point win and a 173-172 final score.

The following is an official press release from the University of Idaho Athletic Media Relations Department.

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho men's track and field team claimed the 2014 Indoor WAC track and field championship title in a dramatic meet that came down to one point.

"It is an amazing feeling to win at home, but a lot of hard work went into it" Director of track &field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. "The guys had some ups and downs, but in the end they came up big."

After the 4x400m, the triple jump was the last event to be scored – going into the final jumps, Idaho led with 157 points followed closely by Grand Canyon with 152. Freshman Arphaxad Carroll came up big for Idaho with a career-best jump of 49-2.5 (15.00m) that secured the win for the Vandals. Junior Emmanuel Panchol placed third aiding to the victory with a leap of 48-4.75 (14.75m). The Vandals ended the meet with 173 points.

"I am just really happy and feel really good about today," Carroll said. "I didn't score anything yesterday and I wasn't supposed to score in 60m today and I came and did that and I had a big jump in the triple jump."

The Vandals claimed five WAC titles on the final day of the meet. Matt Sullivan reigned victorious in the pole vault (16-6.75, 5.05m), Andrey Levkiv in the shot put (54-10, 16.71m), Ben Ayesu-Attah in the 400m (47.57) and Katelyn Peterson in the high jump (5-6, 1.68).



1. Idaho (173)
2. Grand Canyon (172)
3. Utah Valley (113)
4. Kansas City (80)
5. Texas-Pan American (57.5)
6. Seattle U (44.50)
7. Chicago State (18)

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