MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho track team dominated the competition at the McDonald's Scoring Meet this weekend. Week by week the Vandals continue to improve on their marks. Two school records were toppled and a number of Idaho athletes set personal best over the weekend.
The Idaho women defeated three out of their four opponents in the dual meets.
In the 200-meter senior Heather Dennis set an indoors personal record of 24.84 seconds claiming first place in the event. Freshman Tanja Patter followed in second place with a time of 25.44. The women also had first place finishes in the 400 meter dash (Brenda Nipp, 57.11) and the 55-meter hurdles (Dacia Fernandez, 8.72).
"I'm just excited about where we are as a team right now," Coach Yogi Teevens said. "I think we have a good shot at contending for the Big West title again."
The Vandal women also received valuable points in the jumps. Sarah Deboer sprang to a first place finish in the high jump reaching a height of 5 feet, 5¾ inches. While freshman Mary Ann Graves leaped 18-8½ in the long jump to take second place.
The 25th nationally ranked Idaho men's team completely dominated the competition winning all of their dual meets. Senior Nikela Ndebele sped to a NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 60-meter dash. Ndebele sprinted across the finish line in 6.71 seconds setting a new school record in the event.
Senior Simon Stewart added to his school record in the weight throw. Stewart threw the weight 65-11½ topping the mark he set just last weekend by over two feet.
Kurt Gregg and Jereme Richardson finished first and second in the 55-meter high hurdles strengthening Idaho's lead on the competition. Another highlight for Idaho was one-two finish in he pole vault. Sophomore Jarred Lee sailed into first place at a height of 15-07. Jacob Anderson followed him with a mark of 15-01.
"To win as easy as we did while holding out two of our top sprinters and two of our top 800 runners as well as our best triple jumper and Joachim Olsen shows what great depth we have on this team," said Coach Wayne Phipps.
Next weekend the Idaho returns to the Kibbie Dome for its third home meet in a row.