Vandal Indoor Track continues to roll

The Vandal throwers continued their march towards the WAC Championships which take place this week, following another strong showing this past weekend at the McDonald's Invite in Moscow.

In their final tuneups before the WAC indoor championships which will take place in Nampa, Idaho Feb. 23-24, the Vandal track team continued to post both season- and personal-best marks in the Vandal and McDonald's Invitationals in Moscow this past weekend. The throwers continued their domination with Russ Winger winning the shot put by seven feet with a mark of 62-8 and teammates Ben Wood and James Rogan has personal bests at 57-6-1/4 and 57-5-3/4 respectively. Matt Wauters won the weight thrown and increased his personal best in the shot to 54-10.

Sprinter Benjamin Mimoun, a transfer from Toulouse, France, won the 200 with a sizzling 21.76, fastest in the WAC this season; sophomore teammate Kevin Pabst had a personal best 22.56.

In total there were 15 personal bests Friday at the Vandal Invitational. Saturday at the McDonald's meet the Vandal freshmen were impressive. Pole vaulter Mike Carpenter had a no-height Friday but came back Saturday to soar 16-1-3/4 (second best in the WAC this season) to win the event. Here are links to the results from the two meets:

Vandal Indoor Results:
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McDonald's Open Results:
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This and that...

- Idaho's top women's miler, Dee Olson, is redshirting this indoor season, but will be on the outdoor team starting in the coming weeks. She's been training throughout her redshirt year and is majoring in Sports Science at Idaho.

- Winger and Wauters are both engineering majors. Wauters, from Bainbridge Island near Seattle, is majoring in mechanical engineering.

- Winger is currently ranked #45 in the world in the indoor shot and is #1 on Track Wire and #2 (by 3 cm) in NCAA rankings at 65-2. He's also #15 in the US in the weight throw. Asked why he's doing better this year, he said he "got bigger and stronger." Last year he competed at 270, and now he's 280. He benches 350, cleans 374, clean and snatches 262, and squats a remarkable 615 pounds.

- Wauters competed at a weight of 250 last year. While working on his ranch/farm during the summer he dropped to 205, but is now at about 240. He's faster than last year and does 4 turns in the weight throw. He benches 430, and we've been told that when he was 13 he held the world bench record.

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