basterrechea 5th in heptathlon
Austin Basterrechea equaled the second-best finish by a College of Idaho men's competitor at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, placing fifth in the heptathlon, as Day 2 of the event commenced in Geneva, Ohio.
The sophomore, from Gooding, overcame an off-day in the pole vault to record a school-record score of 4,987 points. Basterrechea began the day with a time of 9.12 in the 60-meter hurdles, followed by a rough 12-4 pole vault, before rallying with a victory in the 1,000-meters (2;39.39).
Mike Hurd set a school record in the pole vault (13-3 3/4), helping him to a personal-best score of 4,847 in the heptathlon, placing tenth.
Two Coyotes advanced to tomorrow's men's mile final - as Dominic Bolin finished third in his heat (4:17.01) to earn an automatic spot in the final, while Greg Montgomery's time of 4:17.35 was good enough for the fourth and final at-large qualifier. Two Lady Yotes - Sora Klopfenstein in the 3,000 and Hillary Holt in the mile, were seeded through to the final in their respective events - as no preliminary heats were conducted.
The lone Lady Yote not to move on to Saturday's final was Kayloni Perry, who finished ninth in the 800-meter prelims with a time of 2:17.14 - less than a second out of the Top 8.
The final day of the meet begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. (EST)