Women take 2nd, Men 3rd

The Vandal men's and women's track teams, consistently one of the top programs in the Idaho athletic department, made waves this week at the Western Athletic Conference Championships as DEE OLSEN and the women finished SECOND behind Louisiana Tech (edging out Utah State), while the men finished THIRD ahead of Fresno State and Louisiana Tech and behind a Boise State team that dominated the men's competition and three points behind second place finisher Utah State.

Both the Idaho men's and women's track teams had an impressive showing this week at the Western Athletic Conference Track Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii. Idaho needed several athletes to have particularly strong showings at this competition, and the team delivered.

There are too many outstanding efforts on both teams to list them individually, but among the most impressive are the following:

WOMEN'S POLE VAULT: Idaho finished 1-2 in this event, with Melinda Owen taking first place and breaking two records. Owen broke the UI and Cooke Field record with a regional qualifying mark of 13-6 ¼. Teammate K.C. Dahlgren finished second with a vault of 12-5 ½.

WOMEN'S DISTANCE RUNNER DEE OLSEN: Idaho has been powerful in the distance events, and sophomore Dee Olsen has been simply amazing. She single-handedly accounted for 28 of Idaho's 145 points, winning the 10,000m and 1500m (setting a WAC outdoor championship record time of 4:22.03 in the 1500).

WOMEN'S DISTANCE RUNNERS: Aside from Dee, Idaho's distance runners in general had a great showing in this competition. Bevin Kennelly took second in the 3000m steeplechase. Sophomore Mandy Macalister took second behind Olsen in the 10,000m, while senior Eva Gut scored points with a seventh place finish. In the 1500 meter run, senior Mary Kamau took fifth while junior Alisha Murdoch took seventh. Idaho also placed two runners in the 800m, with Kamau taking second and Murdoch taking fifth.

MEN'S SHOT PUT: The Vandals needed a strong showing here, and got it as the WAC's #1 shot putter, Idaho's Russ Winger, won the event and sophomore Matt Wautters took third.

MEN'S HAMMER THROW: Every single point for this event, ALL SIX places, were taken by athletes from the state of Idaho. Boise State finished 1-2 in the event, while Idaho finished 3, 4, 5 and 6, led by Matt Wautters with a throw of 61.98m.

MEN'S LEAPERS: Freshman David Holmon took third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump to score 10 points for the Vandal men.

MEN'S SPRINTERS: The Vandal team of Jason Giuffre (Sr), Josh Guggenheimer (Sr), Kevin Pabst (Fr), and Driss Yousfi (Jr) took second in the 4x400 event with a season best time of 3:12.14.

MEN'S DISTANCE RUNNERS: Junior Driss Yousfi won the 800m, while freshman Kevin Friesen took third in the 5000m.

MEN'S DECATHALON: The Championships couldn't have started out better for the men took SECOND (senior Ryan Lang), THIRD (senior Marcus Luckstead), and FIFTH (freshman Ian Snook) to grab 16 points total.

The staff of VandalVenue.com would like to congratulate both teams on a fantastic showing this week as Idaho's athletes prepare for the NCAA Regional Championships taking place May 26-27th in Provo, UT.

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