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.