yotes notch big marks at pacific preview
Jason Hunt hit the NAIA "B" qualifying standard in winning the 5,000-meters, while four school records fell on the women's side, as The College of Idaho opened up the outdoor track and field season at the Pacific Preview in Forest Grove, Ore.
Hunt won the 5,000 in a time of 14:54.31, 10-seconds clear of teammate Andrew Hugill, to become the first Yote to earn a spot at the National Championships. He was one eight competitors to hit Cascade Conference provisional marks - including Dominic Bolin, who won the 1,500-meters (4:02.53), and Andre Archer, who won the triple jump (44-7). The men's 4x800 relay also scored a victory, narrowly missing an NAIA mark with their time of 7:54.73.
Multi-sport athletes made a splash for the Lady Yotes, as Diamond Mitchell dominated the sprints - winning both the 100-meters (12.50) and the 200-meters (25.71), breaking school records in both events. Audrey Youren took second in the high jump (5-2 1/4) and Melinda Fuimaono took third in the shot put (35-5), both eclipsing the school record in each event.
A total of 11 Lady Yotes hit CCC provisional marks - including five runners in the 5,000-meters, where Sora Klopfenstein placed third (17:56.80).
The C of I will take next week off, preparing for the All-Idaho Collegiate Cup, March 30-31, at Northwest Nazarene.