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.