Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Cait Rowland
Vandals successful in Spokane
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/01/2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. – University of Idaho track and field won eight women’s events and four men’s competitions on Saturday at the Sam Adams Classic, hosted by Whitworth University.

The weekend was highlighted by standout newcomers and consistent veterans as the team split between the Sam Adams Classic and the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Freshman Ben Ayesu-Attah was a double-winner on the men’s side at the Sam Adams Classic with a 22.24 in the 200m and 48.59 in the 400m. For the women, fellow frosh Johanna Hocketstaller won the women’s discus throw with a career-best 155-8 (47.46m), which is seventh-best in school history.

In the men’s hammer throw, sophomore Kyle Rothwell hit a career best for the second weekend in a row with a 186-6 (56.84m) to win the event by more than 21 feet. Sophomore Dylan Watts jumped into ninth in Idaho history in the men’s pole vault after winning the event with an outdoor career-best height of 15-9 (4.80m).

Sophomore Cait Rowland swept the women’s hurdle events on Saturday with a career-best 15.17 in the 100m hurdles and a season-best 1:05.77 in the 400m hurdles. Idaho also earned freshman victories from Abby Larson in the 10,000m (40:13.26) and Allee Cooper in the 100m (12.74).

Sophomore Holly Stanton opened her sophomore season with a victory in the 3000m steeplechase in 11:22.99 in the 3000m steeplechase, while senior Morgan Dunning won the pole vault for the second year in a row at the meet after clearing 10-6 (3.20m). Junior Sarah Nutsch was Idaho’s final champion on the women’s side with a 163-0 (49.69m) in the hammer throw.

Also notable for Idaho was sophomore Andrew Bloom, who finished second behind teammate Ayesu-Attah in both the 200m (22.39) and 400m (48.62) with career-best times in each. Sophomore Andrey Levkiv added a career-best and Western Athletic Conference-leading mark in the men’s shot put for the second week in a row after hitting 54-1.75 (16.50m). Levkiv also added a fourth-place finish and a 14-foot personal best in the hammer throw at 160-3 (48.84m).

Overall, Idaho hit 19 career-best marks in Spokane on Saturday. The team also had strong performances over the weekend at the Texas Relays.

Sophomore Ugis Svazs set a career best and moved into a tie for the WAC lead with a heave of 213-9 (65.16m). Junior Jeremy Klas took over the WAC lead in the men’s pole vault after clearing 17-0.75 (5.20m) and finishing ninth in the event.

Senior Gabby Midles took 16th in the women’s hammer throw at 165-0 (50.29m), while junior Kristine Leonard was 13th in the women’s discus at 143-1 (43.62m). Senior Andrew Blaser followed up his ninth-place decathlon with a 14.56 in the men’s 110m hurdles and an 18th-place finish.

It will be a split effort again next weekend, as a handful of Vandals will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational and the rest of the team will compete at Spokane, Wash., again for the WAR V Dual Meet.
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