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Winger cracks world top 10 in shot put
MOSCOW, Idaho - University of Idaho thrower Russ Winger is ranked 10th in the world in the shot put after winning the men's shot put at the Tucson Elite Throwers Classic last Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.
Winger's winning throw of 67-5¼ is a lifetime best and gives him the 10th-best shot put mark in the world this year. Winger also took second in the men's discus throw at the meet with a toss of 188-6.
The ranking is Winger's highest since the 2007 indoor season, which he finished with the world's eighth-best shot put mark.
Former Vandal athlete Joachim Olsen, the 2000 NCAA shot put champion and seven-time All-American, is ranked 13th in the world with a throw of 66-11½ for the year. Olsen, a native of Denmark, was a bronze medalist in the 2004 Olympic Games in the shot put.
Angela Whyte runs world's fourth-fastest time in 100m hurdles
|Angela Whyte ranks among the greatest all-time track athletes at Idaho.|
Whyte's time of 12.63 in the event gave her a fourth-place finish, but that single race produced the top four times in the world this year. American Michelle Perry won with a time of 12.58.
Whyte, a sixth-place finisher at the 2004 Olympics for Canada, was a Vandal athlete from 2001 to 2003, when she earned four All-American honors and seven Big West titles. She helped lead the Vandal women to two Big West outdoor team titles in 2001 and 2003, earning Big West Female Track Athlete of the Year honors both years.
Whyte left Idaho with 13 school records and two Big West records to her name, all of which still stand today. She holds the Big West all-time record of 13.06 in the 100m hurdles and the Big West Championship meet record of 13.11 in the event. She is also Idaho's all-time top conference scorer, with 81.5 points to her name.
Whyte is a 2003 University of Idaho graduate with a degree in crime and justice studies. She is in her third season as an assistant coach for the Vandal track and field team, working with sprinters and hurdlers.