BASTERRECHEA 3rd after day 1 in ohio
College of Idaho sophomore Austin Basterrechea sits in third-place in the heptathlon after a record-setting Day 1 at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
The sophomore recorded a Day 1 total of 2,836 - eight points better than his school-record opening day at the Boise State Team Challenge in February. Basterrechea had a personal-best time of 7.36 in the 60-meter dash, set a school record with a leap of 22-3 1/2 in the long jump, heaved the shot put 36-1 1/2, and cleared 6-5 in the high jump. Teammate Mike Hurd is in 14th-place, but won the 60-meter event, tying the school record with his time of 7.11.
It was a rough day on the women's side, as illness plagued the Distance Medley Relay. The Lady Yotes, seeded second heading into the meet, held the lead going into the final leg - but could not keep the pace, fading to sixth - failing to qualify for the final.
Tomorrow, the majority of the team will compete - Greg Montgomery and Dominic Bolin in the mile semifinals, Kayloni Perry in the 800-meter semifinal, Sora Klopfenstein in the 3,000-meter semifinal, and Basterreceha and Hurd in the final three events of the heptathlon. Hillary Holt will not compete until Saturday, as the women's mile will have not have a preliminary round.