Vandal Women Take 2nd At WAC Indoor

In just their second season of Western Athletic Conference competition, the women improved on their 8th place 2005 finish, advancing to a 2nd place finish this weekend at the WAC Indoor Championships. Seven women walked away with First Team All WAC honors (Top 3 finishers), including VERNEE SAMUEL whose distance medley team took first. The Vandal men struggled overall, but five male athletes earned First Team All-WAC honors.

Congratulations to the Vandal women on an outstanding showing at the WAC Indoor Championships in Nampa, ID this weekend. This team is young, the've been rewriting the Idaho record books all season, and they kept it going this weekend. The number of women athletes who excelled in the competition is significant, but we would first like to recognize sophomore pole vaulter Melinda Owen (Polson, Mont), the defending WAC Pole Vaulting Champion. Owen successfully defended her crown, breaking her own University of Idaho record to take the championship with a 13-3 ¾ vault, which also was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

It would be impossible to acknowledge this team without also recognizing fellow-sophomore distance runner Dee Olsen. This weekend Dee took gold in the 3000m (she fell .30 seconds short of breaking the WAC Championship record), silver in the mile, and helped the distance medley team (Olsen, Mary Kamau, Vernee Samuel, and Alisha Murdoch) take first in the event. She ran a personal best, and NCAA provisional 4:41.23 mile at the Husky Classic this year and also helped her medley team break the old Idaho school record.

Co-head coach Yogi Teevens, in her 10th year at the helm at Idaho's women's program, stated the last two years that the women's team that was redshirting was loaded. Obviously that claim was true, as evidenced by the team's impressive showing throughout this season.

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Although the men's team struggled during the WAC Indoor Championships, several Vandals had solid showings at the event, headlined by the throwing events. At the top was the performance of 2005 All-American, junior Russ Winger, who won the WAC Championship in the shot put with a personal best and NCAA qualifying mark of 64-4, beating the second place finisher by over three feet. He's coming off a stellar sophomore season in which he finished fifth at Nationals and went into this season ranked 10th in the nation in the shot, and ranked among the Top 50 in the world.

Joining Russ at the NCAA's will be WAC Freshman Of The Year Matt Wauters, who took second in the weight throw (64 - 3 ¼) at the Championships this weekend. He threw his NCAA provisional mark at the Husky Classic earlier this season with a personal best throw of over 68-4. Of note, Wauters won the weight throw at the Husky Classic with that mark, beating throwers from Washington, Oregon, Cal, Colorado, and BYU (among others). He may be the most heralded high school recruit ever signed by the University of Idaho, and it appears his collegiate career is off to a solid start.

Sophomore Driss Yousfi won the 800m WAC Championship, and the Idaho men's medley relay team of Mike Thompson, Kevin Pabst, Yousfi, and Kevin Friesen also walked away with gold.

To read more about the men's track team and their accomplishments this season, click the link below.

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