Purple and White

The date has been set by the head man himself! Purple and White will take place on September 24th this year. Following the race there will be a BBQ/tailgate held in the general parking lot. Tailgating activities will be followed with a football game vs Rocky Mountain. Even if you can’t make it for the entirety of the event, we would love to have you participate in whatever way you are available. Time to start training!

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Late on the update, but in case you haven’t been on any form of social media lately…. THE LADY YOTES WON THEIR 4TH CONSECUTIVE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP. Yes, we believe that all caps is necessary for such an event. To add to this excitement, the men’s team had the best conference meet of any Yote squad to date. It was a great weekend overall.

Heading into day 1 both teams knew they would be in contention to bring home the conference trophy. The meet kicked off in the throws and jump pits for the Yotes, and really got the momentum rolling early. The women’s hammer, which was anticipated to be a key event on the women’s side, lived up to the expectation as the women went 2, 4, and 7. Well ahead of what they were seeded to score. In the shot put ring it was a similar scenario as the ladies went 1 and 4, with Hayley Morse earning the conference crown. On the men’s side, Andrew Galloway and Taylor Oppedyk both scored over seeding in the men’s hammer (Oppedyk 5 & Galloway 6) and shot put (Galloway 3 & Oppedyk 5).

This momentum continued onto the track as freshmen Billy Chamberlain-Godfrey and Tamika Russell both finished with great steeplechase races. Tamika finished third overall earning her team 6 points. Billy finished second and bettered his B-mark in the event, ultimately earning a spot in the national meet. The men’s 4×100 kept this momentum and rewrote the event in the record book finishing with a time of 42.17, just off a national B mark. Then the women’s 4×100 happened….. The women’s team ran the stick clean through 3 legs, but a miscommunication on the handoff kept the Lady Yotes from getting the baton around the track. What normally would be looked at as a huge loss of points, sparked the fire to get the women’s team going.

Immediately following this race the trio of Amy Pfaff, Lila Klopfenstein, and Mishal Cotugno quickly erased the deficit of the 4×100 miscue by finishing 1, 5, and 7 respectively. These ladies scored well over seeding and put the women’s team back on track. In the men’s 1500, Max Hampton braved the first part of a triple no Yote had ever attempted before (1500, 5k, 10k). Hampton led the way for the Yotes and finished second overall in the race. Not far behind were teammates Dylan Walker, Quinn Radbourne, and Austin Fred who finished 5, 7, and 8 respectively.

The 100mH featured no surprises as Tiana Thomas dominated the race from the gun. On the men’s side, Brooks Ney continued his solid 110mH season and finished 3rd in a tightly packed field. Soon after it was back on the track as Tiana Thomas and Nichole ran away with 1st and 2nd in the 400m. Sneaking away points were freshmen Kami and Kimber Hawkins with a 7th and 8th place finish in the event. The men’s 400m featured a surprise to some, but not to all. Heading into the men’s 400m the event appeared to be wide open. We knew with how Joseph Bolin showed up at championship events he would have a shot at taking the crown. We just didn’t know how dominating of a performance he would show. Joseph finished the race 1st with a new school record time of 48.81. Also chipping in some points to the men’s team effort was Edmund Ellis finishing 8th.

The final event of the night featured a number of great performances. In the women’s race, Emily Hawgood was entered in as a no time…. But she definitely didn’t finish with a no time! Emily put together a great performance in the event and chipped in 6 points to the Lady Yote’s effort with her third place finish. The final event of the season was the men’s 10,000m race, and it definitely lived up to the hype. Dan Williams, Max Hampton, Matt Goodwin, Miles Ranck, and Andrew Sutton finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th as they put together a monster event with 30 points added to the total. At the end of the day, both Yote squads lead the meet for the first time in program history.

Heading into day 2, the women’s squad picked up right where they left off. The first event of the morning were the women’s pole vault and discus. Claire Otero uncorked a monster throw on her first attempt and quickly walked away with a crown. Kanessa Uta put a bow on her great conference meet and finished 5th overall in the event. This momentum was matched on the pole vault runway as Allison Cossins made a big swing. Coming in with a personal best of 2.89m Allison soared over 3.10m and finished 4th overall, a huge point swing.

On the men’s side of the throws Brooks Ney finished just outside of scoring in the javelin with a 9th place finish. Andrew Galloway finished his discus season with a third place finish in a packed event. At the jumps pit, Kami Hawkins and Isaac Gonzalez chipped in a points to the effort with an eighth place finishes in the triple jump. Back to the track, it was back to business for the women’s team. Nichole DeGrange and Tiana Thomas went 1st and 2nd again, this time in the 100m. If Eastern Oregon hadn’t given up hope after that performance, it definitely came in the next event as Amy Pfaff and Mishal Cotugno finished 1st and 2nd as well in the 800m. The men’s middle distance squad put together another solid effort in the 800m as Dylan Walker finished 5th, with Edmund Ellis not far behind with a 7th place finish.

Moving to the 400mH, Tiana Thomas continued her dominant performance at the conference meet and won the event in a new school record time of 60.22. Kami Hawkins again contributed to the women’s effort with a 5th place finish. On the men’s side, Brooks Ney battled to the end and finished 4th amid a tight knit pack finishing in 54 seconds. Nichole DeGrange chipped in another 10 points as she won the 200m with ease, marking it the second of her career. On the men’s side, Tyler Higby showed his speed as he finished with third place finish and nearly broke the 22 second mark with his time of 22.04.

The 5,000m provided HUGE personal bests for freshman Tamika Russell and sophomore Ashtyn Ellis who finished 6th and 7th respectively. On the men’s side Max Hampton concluded the triple with a 4th place finish in the event. Fellow senior Dan Williams wasn’t far behind as he finished 6th overall with freshman Billy Godfrey just behind in 7th.

No surprises here as the men’s pole vault competition took until the women’s 4×400 to end. It did end well for the Yotes despite the lengthy competition. Joseph Bolin defended his pole vault crown and had teammate Tyler Amrhein finish in 2nd. Also scoring for the Yotes were Charlie Kido and Charlie Shepherd who both tied 6th.

As if the meet wasn’t dominant enough, the ladies capped it off with a dominant 4x400m relay. The ladies finished the relay a mere 6 seconds ahead of the next squad. The men, missing Joseph due to pole vault, finished third for the final event.

At the end of the day the Lady Yotes finished with their fourth consecutive conference championship. The women scored 203 points with only 15 athletes at the meet, debatably one of the best team performances per athlete. Tiana Thomas earned the conference award for track athlete of the meet and Claire Otero earned the field athlete of the meet award. Nichole DeGrange earned the in house athlete of the meet award for her performance.

On the men’s side, it was hands down the best Yote’s men’s team assembled. The Yotes were a few events from blowing the meet open and walking away with the team trophy. It was a great meet to watch the men’s team begin to build their own identity in their quest for the conference championship. Earning the in house athlete of the meet was Max Hampton for completing his grueling triple for the betterment of the team.

The Yotes ship off to Gulf Shores, AL Monday of next week. A fairly large squad will be making the venture, and may be the most diverse team we’ve taken to the national meet. This team features hurdlers, pole vaulters, sprinters, distance, and for the first time ever throwers. The team going will consist of Brooks Ney, Joseph Bolin, Max Hampton, Dan Williams, Billy Godfrey, Amy Pfaff, Lila Klopfenstein, Tiana Thomas, Nichole DeGrange, Kimber Hawkins, Kami Hawkins, Claire Otero, and Hayley Morse. Stay tuned as usual on twitter for updated results! Competition begins Thursday, May 26th and concludes Saturday, May 28th!

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Tuned up for the BIG DANCE!

One last tune up before the big dance! The whole squad traveled a grueling thirty minutes to the Dona Larsen track complex at BSU for the last meet before conference. The two day meet featured a few events on Friday and the majority of the events taking place on Saturday. Friday night provided a brisk windy night, but that didn’t stop those competing from putting up big marks!

The meet energy kicked off quickly in the throws area as Hayley Morse once again put together a great series of hammer throws, eventually ending the day with a heave of 42.98m. Continuing the momentum in the throws, Claire Otero had not only her best series in a discus competition but also improved upon her own school record and claimed a National A mark. The toss of 45.12m currently puts Claire in sixth overall for the NAIA. At the long jump pit, Tiana Thomas continued her stellar season and improved upon her CCC qualifying mark with a jump of 5.17m. The promising news from this result is that Tiana was a foot behind the board when she did it! Kami Hawkins returned to old form after being a bit banged up and claimed the conference mark as well in the event with a leap of 4.99m.

Friday concluded with a combination of men’s pole vault and men’s long jump. Though the weather wasn’t as warm as what was hoped for, it provided a promising tailwind for all jumpers. Taking advantage at the pole vault pit were Joseph Bolin, Tyler Amrhein, and Charlie Kido. All vaulters showed promising results heading into next week’s conference meet with what looks to be a key event in the men’s team title race. Joseph added to the excitement by claiming the National B mark in the pole vault with a jump of 4.60m, a season best. Across the track at the long jump pit the long jump squad was let out of the cage for the second time this season. Two promising results as we head into conference came from Jackson Thompson who recorded a 6.38m personal best and Tyler Higby who missed the National B mark by one centimeter as he soared 7.07m.

Saturday at Dona Larsen provided warmer conditions but an even more prominent wind. Opening up the day and disregarding the wind, the men’s 4×100 relay knocked four tenths of a second from the school record! The team of Malik Whitfield, Tyler Higby, Devin Gaskins, and Joseph Bolin completed the race in 42.17 seconds and will be looking to break the 42 second barrier next weekend in Hermiston. Carrying the momentum through the sprinting events a number of Yotes ran near or at their lifetime bests in the 100 & 200. Tyler Higby dipped below 11 seconds again this season running 10.92, while freshman Devin Gaskins showed tremendous improvement clocking in at 11.18 and 22.86 seconds. Brooks Ney continued his progression running 55.35 seconds in the 400mH.

On the women’s side there were a number of notable performances for Saturday. Tiana Thomas shot up the NAIA lists in the 100mH and 400mH as she blazed across the track in 14.36 and 61.59 seconds respectively. Both times sit within the top five nationally. Amy Pfaff ran her first outdoor 800 this season and crossed the line with a National A mark at 2:12.57. Nichole DeGrange continued her development in the 400 this season, nearly cracking the 57 second mark as she ran 57.04 and brought home a National B mark standard. This trio teamed up with freshman Kami Hawkins for the 4×400 and blew the National A mark out of the water as they finished the relay in 3:51.82, nearly four seconds under the mark!

Overall it was a great meet on both sides heading into the conference meet next weekend.  A standout athlete earning the Athlete of the Meet award was Devin Gaskins on the men’s side for his MASSIVE improvement throughout the season. Since the first outdoor meet of the season Devin has dropped over half of a second in the 100 and nearly a second and a half in the 200! We’re really excited to see where Devin can go with some development. On the women’s side it was an easy choice as Tiana Thomas contributed to and notched a total of 3 NAIA marks in her outing. Make sure to stay tuned on twitter (@CoyoteXCTF) next weekend (5/ 13-5/14) as the Yotes travel to Hermiston for the CCC championships. Both sides are looking to compete in close battles for the title.

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Three meets, two weekends, one write up

Three big meets in two weekends. The Yotes are just about ready to rock at the Conference meet. Two weekends ago on April 15-16, the Yotes finally got the weather they’d be waiting for and put up some big marks in Nampa and Eugene. In Eugene a group of men’s distance runners made the venture to run in the ever important sea level races. The voyage paid off as nearly every Yote on the trip hit a conference mark. Highlights from the crew featured Max Hampton winning the B section of the 5k with Dan Williams not far behind. Their effort earned both Yotes the national B mark in the event. Freshman Billy Godfrey also added to the noise by running 9:30.77 to punch a national B mark. These results Friday night helped set the tone going into Saturday morning in Nampa.

On the men’s side Saturday was highlighted by a few athletes hitting conference marks and making big breakthroughs. The day kicked off with Andrew Sutton braving 10k in Nampa with two Crusaders in the mix. Andrew ran the race about as well as possible for the conditions and hit what looks to be a BIG event for the men’s team at conference. Continuing his progression as an athlete Brooks Ney set the school record in the 110mH as well as took down the B mark in the event. Adding to his success, Ney also hit the conference mark in the javelin (50.44) and improved on his 400mH time for the year. Tyler Higby broke the illusive 11 second mark with his time of 10.95 seconds. After running a solid 100m race, Tyler looked to finally have a chance to run a great 200m as he finally received a favorable lane. Tyler ran a 22.19 and blew the field out of the water. Hitting other key events for the men included Joseph Bolin in the 400m and Edmund Ellis in the 800m. Both events look to be wide open at the Conference meet.

On the women’s side things started to look back to the dominance expected. Nichole DeGrange flirted with going under the 25 second mark in the 200m as she blazed through in 25.12. Just prior to this Nichole put together a great 100m race and finished in 12.52 seconds. Tiana blazed through her 100mH race and won the 400mH. The best news about Tiana finishing in 63.53 in the 400mH is that she has room to improve the time dramatically.  Amy continued her progress through the year as well with a second place 4:37 1500m. Improving upon conference marks, Allison Cossins cleared 2.88m in the vault, Kimber Hawkins jumped 10.27m in the triple jump, and both Kami and Kimber Hawkins qualified for conference in the 100m.

Athletes of the meet went to two athletes who both had stellar performances. On the women’s side Hayley Morse provided an obvious option as she broke two school records (hammer and shot put) as well as knocked out the national B mark in the shot. On the men’s side, Isaac Gonzalez put together another great series of jumps to earn the award. Isaac began the day with a stellar triple jump of 13.08m, just off his personal best. He continued his hot streak in the long jump where he put together a monster 6.91m jump.

The following week featured a trip to Ashland, OR for the conference multis. Leaving on Tuesday, five athletes had a quick turnaround for the multi on Thursday and Friday (21-22). The men’s side featured a tight pack of four athletes all competing for the crown. In the mix after day 1 was Yote Brooks Ney. Being a day 2 athlete it was huge for Brooks to be in contention after day 1. Brooks did this by putting together a solid 100m and shot put, a season best long jump, and personal bests in the high jump and 400m. Brooks came back on day 2 ready to rock again. A solid hurdle race and discus throw set Brooks in a great position heading into pole vault. Unfortunately a broken pole and a no height put a halt on Brooks’ chances. Brooks, always a competitor, still managed a fifth place finish despite the no score in the pole vault.

On the women’s side it was a familiar story in the multis….. Lady Yote domination. The heptathlon featured four Lady Yotes, with one veteran and three new comers. Tiana set the tone early that she would be defending her title. Tiana’s day 1 score was more than 300 points clear of the next competitor. Tiana did this through a combination of beating the field by more than a second, tying for the top mark in the high jump, winning the shot put, and smoking the field in the 200m. Heptathlon newcomers Allison Cossins, Kimber Hawkins, and Kami Hawkins all put together solid performances on day 1 and made big improvements on how to manage a multi event. Day 2 featured continued domination from Tiana on her way to the conference crown. Tiana blew away the field in the 800m and put together a solid long jump and javelin as she claimed the school record score of 4,596. Kimber Hawkins through her name in the hat as well with a fifth place finish to help add to the point total for the Lady Yotes in the conference battle. Freshman Kami Hawkins and sophomore Allison Cossins finished just outside of scoring position in ninth and tenth, but look to make a big push in the event next season.

The Yotes compete one last time before Conference at Boise State this weekend! If you have a chance and are looking for a way to enjoy the weather, make the short trip over to Dona Larsen with events starting at 10 am on Saturday.

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Caldwell to San Fran and back!

After a one year hiatus from the SFSU Distance Carnival, the Yotes hit the road on Wednesday night and braved the 10 hour drive in the spirit of competition. The two day format featured distance and jumping events on Friday and sprinting and throwing events on Saturday.

On the men’s side, there were a number of notable performances for Friday. Starting off the day, Max Hampton became the third Yote ever to have break the 31 minute mark in the 10k. In doing so Max also qualified for the nationals, slipping under the A standard by over 25 seconds. Also competing in the 10k were the trio of Dan Williams, Matt Goodwin, and Miles Ranck who all hit the ever-important Cascade Conference mark in the event.

Following the barrage of 10k’s came the jumping events for the men. Joseph Bolin gave three attempts at the National B mark and came up just short after his short absence from competition. Continuing his progress as a vaulter, Charlie Shepherd gained a monster 1 centimeter improvement from his previous best.  Over at the long jump pit, it quickly turned from a Distance Carnival to a Jump Carnival as a small army of Yotes took over the jumps area. The day was highlighted by Tyler Higby and Isaac Gonzalez who both set personal bests. Isaac continued by leaps and bounds as he set his new personal best at 6.69 meters. Tyler Higby made his long jump debut for the Yotes and did not disappoint as he put together a great series of jumps ending with a 7.02 meter jump. Finishing up Friday for the men came a series of great 5k performances. Billy Chamberlain-Godfrey, Dylan Walker, and Andrew Sutton all ducked under the conference mark in what looks to be a promising event for the Yotes come conference time.

The lady Yotes showed promise as well on Friday. Opening with Amy Pfaff knocking out an early season National A mark in the 1500m. Carrying the momentum from this performance was Mishal Cotugno, who was just off hitting the National B mark as she ran an impressive 800m race. Back at the Jumps Carnival, the women continued the show as Tiana Thomas put together her best ever mark of 5.22m in the long jump. Following up Tiana was freshman Kami Hawkins competing in her first ever triple jump competition. Finishing with a 10.61m jump and a Cascade Conference qualifier, Hawkins looks to be a factor for the Lady Yotes come conference time. Finishing the day for the Lady Yotes were another group of 5k racers. Solid early season performances from Tamika Russell and Ashtyn Ellis punched their tickets to the conference meet.

Phew… One day down, one to go. On the track the meet started off with a bang as Brooks Ney put together a solid 110mH race (15.24) and continued his momentum into the 400mH with a time of 55.98. With these solid performances, Brooks shows the promise to continue his improvement in these events. What quickly went from a Distance Carnival to a Jumps Carnival on Day 1, was transformed once again into a 400m Carnival as a total of eight Yotes competed in the event. The event kicked off early with stellar performances in the first heat from Tiana Thomas and Nichole DeGrange. Thomas crushed the previous school record and qualified for the national meet with a time of 56.22. Following this came a series of solid races from both men and women in the event. After the long sprints came another conference qualifier from freshman Devin Gaskins in the 100m.

Tyler Higby picked up where he left off indoor in the 200m clocking a time of 22.16 seconds to highlight the Yotes’ races in the event. Wrapping up the meet, all energy was focused at the women’s discus. The energy was rewarded as Claire Otero uncorked a monster throw of 43.42m to earn herself a National B mark, personal best, and school record.

The Athlete of the Meet awards went to Claire Otero for her stellar showing in the discus and Brooks Ney for his commitment to becoming process oriented in both hurdle events. The Yotes take this weekend off from competition but look to split the squad the weekend of April 15-16 as a group of Yotes will be competing locally at NNU and a small group will travel to Eugene for the Oregon Relays. We would love to see as much support as possible on our venture to Nampa with the majority of events taking place Saturday (4/16) after 10:30am.


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Eastern Oregon Team Challenge

This past Saturday in Hermiston provided surprisingly warm weather with only one flaw…. wind. Despite the slight headwind for the sprints, the Yotes managed to take down a combined 43 Cascade Conference Championship marks as well as an NAIA B mark from Tiana Thomas in the 400mH.

On the women’s side it was all about knocking out early season conference marks and improving on secondary events. A great example of this was the women’s throwing area. As Claire Otero, Hayley Morse, and Kanessa Uta all hit the conference marks in each event they competed in. Claire dominated in discus, continued her progress in the shot put and showed promise for the future in the hammer. Hayley continued domination in the shot, set the school hammer record with a toss of 37.94m, and continued her improvement in discus as she hit the conference mark. Kanessa, a key piece on the quest for a conference championship, snuck between Claire and Hayley in the hammer throw as well as qualified for conference at the district meet.

On the track, it was a bit of a work piece for the women’s middle distance and distance runners as they looked to practice championship style racing. The 1500m featured a total of 7 Lady Yotes, with two sneaking under the conference mark in Lila Klopfenstein and Mishal Cotugno. On the distance side of things, Amy Pfaff knocked out an early season 5k mark for conference and Tamika Russell showed huge promise as a steeple chaser in her first ever appearance in the event.

On the sprints portion of the track Mekenzie Messick continued her massive improvement in the 100m & 200m as Nichole DeGrange hit the qualifying marks in both. Tiana Thomas continued her streak in the sprints and hit the conference mark in the 110mH & 400mH. In the field events Allison Cossins continued her progress in the pole vault, winning the competition. Briana Pitts knocked out the conference high jump mark with a leap of 1.50m and Kimber Hawkins tackled the triple jump mark with a jump of 9.70m.

The men’s side of the team featured a similar game plan to the women’s with nearly the same result. As a work piece meet for middle distance and distance athletes, the men’s 1500m turned out to be a Yote-a-palooza as the event featured 10 Yotes. Leading the charge of Yotes was Max Hampton followed by Dylan Walker, Austin Fred, and Quinn Radbourne all hitting the conference standard. The rest of the crew showed immense promise as most either hit a new personal best or  very close to it. Continuing his freshman legacy, Billy Godfrey ran an encouraging steeple race as he won his race and snagged the conference mark.

The headline of the men’s sprints side was the 4×100 relay as the team of Kevin Wang, Tyler Higby, Devin Gaskins, and Malik Whitfield put together a new school record time of 42.55 and still left room for improvement. Edmund Ellis continued his mastery of the 400m as he ran a solo 50.39 for the third time this season. Brooks Ney ran solid 400mH and 110mH times, but showed great improvement in his 400mH race as he clipped hurdle seven. Through six, Brooks looked as good as any hurdler we’ve seen. Despite the headwind, Tyler Higby blazed to an 11.03 in the 100m and looks to break the 11 second barrier any time he steps on the track.

Andrew Galloway and Taylor Oppedyk had their fair share of conference marks as both claimed conference marks in all three events. Galloway and Oppedyk both exemplified the toughness and team oriented focus we look to implement on the men’s side as they both are slightly banged up, and still hit the marks. Coming back from his hiatus in the vault due to injury, Tyler Amrhein made his presence known vocally and on the track as himself and Charlie Shepherd both hit the conference qualifier.

Athletes of the day went to Kami Hawkins and Isaac Gonzalez for their performances. Kami mirrored Tiana’s performance as she ran nearly all the same events. In her first 400mH race, Kami showed no fear as she raced throughout and finished in a conference qualifying mark of 66.12. Isaac had a breakthrough meet as he broke the 13m barrier for the first time in the triple jump with his hop, skip and jump of 13.09m. Issac also hit the qualifier in long jump with a jump of 6.40m.

The Yotes have this week off for Spring Break, but look to prep for the trip down to San Francisco for the San Francisco State Carnival on April 1st and 2nd. This is a key sea level meet for the middle distance and distance crew, as well as a great opportunity for the sprints, jumps, and throws crew to face solid competition. Stay tuned on twitter @CoyoteXCTF!

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Nationals Recap….. onto OUTDOOR!

That’s a wrap on the indoor season and a soon to be beginning for the outdoor season. First a quick recap of indoor nationals!

On the men’s side, the trip started with a heartbreaking miss in the distance medley relay. To qualify for finals a team either had to finish in the top 2 in their heat or get in by time. By the final leg it looked like the Yotes didn’t have much of a chance for qualifying as they were 50 meters back. Max Hampton slowly chipped away at the lead and eventually took it with 100 meters to go. The Yotes ended up finishing third in their heat, and missed the qualifying second spot by .003 seconds. Regardless of the outcome, it was a great experience for the team of Austin Fred, Joseph Bolin, Dylan Walker and Max Hampton and will hopefully give them the momentum the men’s team is looking for in the outdoor season. It wasn’t all a series of near misses for the men’s team. Two days later Max Hampton ran in the 3,000m. In one of the most spastic, pace changing races the NAIA has ever seen, Max kept his composure for an 8th place finish.

The women’s side it kicked off early with Tiana Thomas in the pentathlon and the women’s distance medley relay. Tiana finished with a new school record of 3,346 points in the pentathlon and fifth place finish, but as is typical with the multi events she knew there were more points left in the field. Shortly after the Tiana’s stellar pentathlon performance the distance medley relay kicked off. The women competed in dominant fashion blowing open the field early and easily qualifying for the final. Day 2 of the national meet was about punching tickets to the finals the following day. Tiana Thomas and Amy Pfaff both took care of the job in the 600m and 1,000m respectively. Just missing the final in the open 400m was Nichole DeGrange.

The final day of nationals brought a slew of All-American honors for the women’s team as Amy Pfaff, Tiana Thomas, and Lila Klopfenstein all finished third in their respective events (1k,600m,3k). Ruth Lewinksi also showed promise for the outdoor season as she placed seventh and earned All-American status. Another third place finish came from the women’s distance medley relay to wrap up the meet for the lady Yotes. Hayley Morse competing in her first national championship meet lived up to expectations and gained valuable experience in the shot put as she just missed qualifying for finals by 11 cm.

Phew….. Hope you were able to keep up with all the numbers just thrown your direction! Basically the crew competed in typical Yote fashion. Coming up this Saturday (3/19) the whole crew makes a short trip to Hermiston for the Eastern Oregon Team Challenge. The meet features a competition of semi local schools such as Eastern, NNU, & TVCC. The scoring format takes the top 2 finishers from each school in each event through 12 places and counts points toward total team points. The total points are added together for a combined men’s and women’s program. The following week a small group of decathletes and heptathletes will stay local and compete at NNU for their first rust buster multi-event of the season. The meet will kick-off on Thursday (3/24) at noon and conclude Friday (3/25).


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Last Chance Qualifiers

The past couple of weeks provided a series of last chance qualifying meets. Nearly all of them proved to be fruitful! The first of these meets took place on February 13th at the Boise State Team Challenge. Amy Pfaff took the lead on the women’s side winning her heat of the mile, and punched her ticket with a time of 5:02.67. Not much later Amy was on the track again qualifying for the 1k in a time of 2:56.93. Aside from qualifiers, there were a number of women’s performances that stuck out. In the women’s shot put, Claire Otero threw a lifetime best…. Three times in a row! Claire ended the day with a throw of 11.20m.

On the men’s side of the track it was a series of narrow misses. Austin Fred nearly ran the B mark in the 1k with a time of 2:33.40 with Dylan Walker not far behind. Malik Whitfield narrowly missed the illusive 60 meter record, running one-hundredth of a second off the time. Whitfield finished in a time of 7.12 seconds. Perhaps the highlight of the meet was the unveiling of the men’s 4×400 relay indoors. Though the result wasn’t what was hoped for, there was a lot of promise shown.

The following day a small pack of Yotes shipped off to Seattle for a race at sea level. On the women’s side, Ruth Lewinski and Lila Klopfenstein slid easily under the 3k mark. Both are currently sitting comfortably in the top 8 in the NAIA. On the men’s side there were great races across the board. Max Hampton was the lone male runner to hit the national A mark, but races from Matt Goodwin, Dan Williams, Billy Godfrey, and Miles Ranck showed vast improvement which bodes well for the outdoor season.

The final meet of last chance qualifiers came in Bozeman, Montana on February 19th. Three Yotes made the trip as Tyler Higby, Joseph Bolin, and Edmund Ellis gave one last swing at their respective events. The track proved to be more of an obstacle as it is a 200m flat track. Despite this, Higby and Ellis mixed it up with some great sprinters in the 200m and 400m respectively. Bolin took a final swing at the indoor standard for pole vault, but fell just short as a minor pole fiasco took place. (By minor pole fiasco, I mean he broke his pole on the first attempt).

Next week looks to be one full of travel as a small squad takes off to Johnson City, TN for the week. The group consists of Max Hampton competing in the 3k and DMR, Austin Fred competing in the DMR, Dylan Walker competing in the DMR, Joseph Bolin competing in the DMR, Amy Pfaff competing in the 1k and DMR, Lila Klopfenstein in the 3k and DMR, Mishal Cotugno in the DMR, Ruth Lewinski in the 3k, Nichole DeGrange in the 400m and DMR, and Tiana Thomas in the pentathlon, 600m, DMR, and 60mH. Keep an eye out on our twitter @CoyoteXCTF for results from nationals!


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Consider the Rust Busted!!

The sprinters have their legs underneath them and the distance and middle distance runners have blown the dust off since their last appearance in cross country. This past Friday and Saturday provided great results despite the 1,200 high school athletes competing simultaneous with the college athletes. This combination of events always provides highs and lows in the energy of the collegiate meet.

Aside from the distractions, the men’s team continued on the streak of breaking records and had some promising showings across the board. Andrew Galloway broke his shot put record twice and finished the day with a 14.39m heave. Joseph Bolin continued his streak of record breaking with a new indoor best of 4.60m, just 5cm under the national qualifier. Edmund Ellis added his name to the mix with a promising 400 meter in 50.45 seconds. The most impressive part of this 400 is that Edmund ran it with nobody else in the heat. Tyler Higby avoided the other lanes this time and ran a blazing 22.53 to claim the indoor school record.

The middle distance and distance athletes kicked off the meet Friday, with a showing in the distance medley relay. The men hit the B mark and essentially ran solo after the first leg. There was a lot of promise shown in the race as athletes finished knowing there was more left in the tank. The showing continued Saturday with a barrage of Yotes running the mile to break in the season. Matt Goodwin ran one of the best races of his career as he cruised to a win in his heat.

On the women’s side a couple of NAIA A marks were knocked out of the way. Perhaps the most crucial A mark knocked out was the distance medley relay. The showing wasn’t anything flashy and the women found themselves running solo after the first leg, but they still ran the fastest time in the nation by over 5 seconds.  Amy Pfaff cruised to a national A mark the following day in a loaded 800m race, running 2:15.41.

Nichole DeGrange showed a huge leap in racing in her 400m on Saturday. She broke her own school and ran a blazing 58.51 to capture the national B mark. Also contributing a B mark was Lila Klopfenstein who put together a mile time of 5:10.31. Hayley Morse was back to her old ways this meet, breaking the 13m mark again in shot put and re breaking her own school record in the weight throw with a toss 14.61m.

This meet was treated as two separate meets due to the formatting of the schedule. So it was decided we should double the Athletes of the Meet! Claiming the day 1 awards were Joseph Bolin and Mekenzie Messick. Mekenzie claimed her award by having a stellar 60m and 200m race. In the 60m Mekenzie shaved nearly .2 off her time and in the 200m she ran a lifetime best 28.82! Joe took his piece of the pie by nearly hitting the NAIA b mark in the pole vault with a jump of 4.60m and running a promising 400m leg on the distance medley relay. The Day 2 awards were handed out to Edmund Ellis and Nichole DeGrange for their previously mentioned 400m races.

The last Treasure Valley indoor showing for the Yotes will take place this Saturday in Nampa. Keep an eye out for the 4x400m relay as the men will be looking to punch their first ever ticket in the event.

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Indoor Season Underway!

So in case you haven’t heard, THE 2016 INDOOR SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF! Technically we’ve had two meets so far, but we will just compress the results into one fantastic write up as both meets featured smaller squads.

The first meet of the season kicked off with a crew including throwers Hayley Morse, Claire Oterro, Andrew Galloway, Taylor Oppedyk, and multi-eventer Tiana Thomas. What was anticipated to be a rust busting meet quickly turned into a record breaking spectacle. On the throws side of the stadium, the record book was nearly rewritten as Hayley Morse claimed a pair of records. In the weight throw, Morse established the new record with a heave of 12.26 meters. Not finishing the meet quietly Morse also threw a National A mark qualifier and new school record of 13.35m in the shot put! On the men’s side of the throws, Andrew Galloway tackled the 6 year record in the weight throw with a toss of 13.98 meters. Getting a little energy to the track portion of the facility, Tiana Thomas made her presence felt in the pentathlon. With an overall promising performance, Thomas pushed through the five events and snuck by the long standing pentathlon record of Emily McCutchan. Thomas’ effort in the 800m (2:19) pushed her past the former record by 6 points for a total of 3,295. The better news? Thomas left some points on the track. The overall performance of these three athletes (Morse, Galloway, and Thomas) earned them Red Lion-Cascade Conference Athletes of the Week awards.

The following weekend, more of the Yote crew was unleashed on the track. This meet featured nearly a complete showing of the sprints, jumps, hurdles, and throws squads (distance and middle distance were kept in the cupboard for a later date). Maintaining the energy established in the first meet, these squads brought the energy again.Not happy with her previous school record in the weight throw, Hayley Morse decided to push the mark a little further with a heave of 14.23, adding nearly 2 meters to her previous best! Continuing the great showing of field event athletes, Joseph Bolin picked up nearly where he left off last year with a vault of 4.50m. After establishing a new school record, Bolin took three swings at the National B mark of 4.65m. Narrowly missing the mark each time, Bolin showed promise for the first meet of the season.

On the track the highly anticipated showing of the sprints crews lived up to the hype. On the women’s side, Tiana Thomas continued adding to her handful of NAIA qualifying marks. Thomas blew by the previous 600m time by over 2 seconds and set a new record of 1:34.53. On the men’s side, there were a number of notable performances. One performance topping the list was Malik Whitfield with a blazing 60m time of  7.13 seconds, narrowly missing Mike Hurd’s record of 7.11 seconds. Adding to the sprinter debut was Tyler Higby who ran the 200m in a fiery 22.37 seconds. If not for the small technicality of a lane violation, Higby would have established a new school record by over half a second (who needs lanes anyways?). Adding to their collection, Tiana Thomas and Hayley Morse both received Red Lion Players of the Week awards for the second week in a row.

It looks like the hype this year is the real deal! This weekend (2/5-2/6) we will get an even better idea of how the teams are looking as the middle distance and distance squads will be taken off the shelf and let onto the track. If you’re in the area and looking for something to do this weekend the meet kicks off at 1:30pm on Friday and 9:10am on Saturday.


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