Nichole DeGrange swept the sprint events and helped The College of Idaho set a new meet record with a dominating performance in the 4x400-meter relay as the Yotes won their third-straight Cascade Conference Championships title May 9 at Raider Stadium in Ashland, Ore.
The Yotes finished the 21-event meet with 180 points, well ahead of second-place Concordia (153) and third-place Eastern Oregon (106). For his efforts, C of I head coach Pat McCurry was named CCC Coach of the Year.
DeGrange, who placed second in the 400-meters, cruised to wins in the 100-meters (12.34) and 200-meters (25.08), while helping the 4x400 relay to an eight-second victory with a time of 3:49.95.
The sprints were the key for C of I's success, as the Yotes placed four runners in the Top-7 of the 100-meters. Brittany Beame placed third (12.78), Tiana Thomas fourth (13.02) and Hannah Lentz seventh (13.02), while Beame took fifth in the 200-meters (26.26) and Lentz sixth (26.52).
Amy Pfaff had a big weekend, completing a sweep of the middle distance events. She won the 800-meters, with her time of 2:12.74 a seasonal best mark, improving the freshman's NAIA automatic qualifying standard.
Thomas capped a big meet with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.16)–hitting the NAIA automatic qualifying mark in the process–while earning CCC Co-Field Athlete of the Year by virtue of a win in the heptathlon and Top-6 finishes in the high jump and long jump.
Ruth Lewinski earned All-CCC honors by placing third in the 5,000-meters (18:10.66). Also scoring points for the Yotes was Jocelyn Allen, taking seventh in the 800-meters (2:20.14).
In the field events, Allison Cossins logged a season-best mark of 2.80 meters (9-2.25 feet) to place fifth in the pole vault; Hayley Morse placed sixth (12.17 meters; 39-11.75 feet) and Jessica Aguilar seventh (12.15 meters, 39-10.50 feet) in the shot put; with Lentz placing seventh in the triple jump (10.70 meters, 35-1.50 feet).
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