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ISU T&F: More school records fall at Boise indoor meet

February 3, 2019

Multiple school records were broken by Idaho State track and field athletes at the Nike/Jackson’s Indoor Invitational on Friday in Boise.

“It was one of the most exciting meets of the year to watch,” ISu coach Hillary Merkley said.

For the second week in a row, Treyshon Malone set a new all-time ISU record. In the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash, Malone ran the event in 21.30 seconds. This is the fastest mark since Idaho State Olympian Carl Lawson ran a 21.34 in 1973. Malone also ran the second-fastest time in school history in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.83 seconds.

Tanner Conner showed his strength in the 60-meter hurdles, running an 8.00. This mark breaks a 32-year-old record set in 1987 by ISU athlete Darin Jernigan.

In the distance events, Rachel McGovern won the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:43.97. This mark earns her the No. 8 all-time fastest mark in ISU history and ranks her 13th in the Big Sky Conference.

Joe Simmons finished the sweep of the 5,000-meter race for ISU, winning with a time of 14:36.59, netting him the fourth-fastest 5,000 in Idaho State history. This mark also ranks him No. 8 in the conference.

“Early on, our team wasn’t ranked very well in the conference,” Merkley said. “To be able to break records shows we have really strong individuals. Our program hasn’t been a slouch program. There were some pretty solid performers who set records here at ISU in the past. To have three of those guys on our team right now is pretty impressive. I think they encourage each other and they work well together and help us to be better. They are competing with each other but also competing for the team.”

In the pole vault, Sierra Kiser set a personal-best height of 3.75 meters (12 feet, 3.5 inches). She now sits at No. 4 in the Big Sky after her performance.

Hannah Bartz won the long jump with a distance of 5.74 meters (18 feet, 10 inches) which moves her into eighth place in the conference.

In the throws, Trevor Jensen won the weight throw and Madison Cicerski took third place for her highest finish of the season.

“You feed off the momentum,” Merkley said. “It was neat to sit in the crowd and have everybody there and watch today. It gets people excited about watching new things unfold and you want to be a part of it. We see that our team is getting better and they want to be better too.”

ISU PENTATHLETES COMPETE AT COLORADO

The Idaho State track and field pentathletes competed at the Colorado University Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 31. They competed against athletes from Colorado, Nevada and Big Sky opponent Northern Colorado.

“Every athlete needs to have opportunities to practice their event,” ISU coach Hillary Merkley said. “Doing all of the events in a pentathlon versus doing an actual pentathlon are two different things. This year our schedule didn’t allow us to have it at home so it was important that we went to Colorado to do it.”

Ashley VanVleet-Sturgis finished the meet in third place with 3,726 points. Brianna VanVleet finished right on her heels with 3,677 points, which also vaults her into fourth place in the Big Sky.

In the 60-meter hurdles, VanVleet ran a personal-best 8.95, ranking her No. 8 in the Big Sky in that event.

“Our multi-event athletes have been key players and scorers,” Merkley said. “Making sure they have the opportunity to do their events is crucial. It was not an easy trip. Those girls were literally warming up on the bus to Boise. Brianna jumped off the bus and ran hurdles. She was excited and fired up about it.”

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