yote notes - edition 10
COMING UP: at All-Idaho Collegiate Cup (Nampa, Idaho), Friday-Saturday, All Day
LAST WEEK: Idle
YOTES TO TAKE ON GEM STATE’S BEST AT ALL-IDAHO CUP: For the fifth-straight season, schools only from the Gem State will compete in the All-Idaho Collegiate Cup, to determine Idaho’s best college track and field athletes. This year, Boise State, Idaho State, Northwest Nazarene, and The C of I will match-up on the track – which the two North Idaho squads (Lewis-Clark State and Idaho) have decided to not make the trip to the Treasure Valley.
SCORED MEET: Unlike most track and field meets, the All-Idaho Collegiate Cup is a scored meet, with point totals being awarded from first to eighth-place in all events. The team with the highest men’s and women’s total will be determine the team champion.
MEET TO BE HELD AT NNU: The first four All-Idaho Cup’s were held at Bronco Stadium in Boise, however, with construction of Boise State’s new track complex at Donna Larsen Park ongoing, the meet has been moved to the track and field facility at NNU. It is a two-day meet, with events beginning at Noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
C OF I’S HISTORY AT THE MEET: The Yotes have finished in fourth-place on both the men’s and women’s side in all four All-Idaho Cup events – with six C of I competitors winning titles. Kristine Smith is the lone two-time champ, winning the 2010 and 2011 5,000-meter races, while Tyler Hopper won the 800-meters in 2008, Stephanie Helm won the 5,000-meters in 2009, Paul Sartin won the 5,000-meters and Maggie Miller the 800-meters in 2010, with Travis Sharp winning the javelin in 2011.
EVENTS: The Yotes will focus on the middle distances at the Idaho Cup – as typical middle distance runners will complete, along with distance runners running at shorter distances. The C of I will have a large contingent in the jumps, while they will field 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. It is also the final tune-up in specific events for those competing in the Cascade Conference Multi-Events meet need weekend.
QUALIFIERS: NAIA “A” Standard – None. NAIA “B” Standard – Jason Hunt (Meridian, Idaho / Mountain View HS) (5,000). CCC Meet Standard – Mike Hurd (Payette, Idaho / Payette HS) (200), Austin Basterrechea (Gooding, Idaho / Gooding HS) (200), Dominic Bolin (Payette, Idaho / Payette HS) (1,500), Nick Hampton (Eagle, Idaho / Eagle HS) (1,500), Jason Hunt (5,000), Andrew Hugill (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Coronado HS) (5,000), Andre Archer (Caldwell, Idaho / Caldwell HS) (triple jump), Simon Boycott (Mbabane, Swaziland / United World College) (triple jump), Diamond Mitchell (San Diego, Calif. / Eastlake HS) (100, 200), Jasmine Sibert (Boise, Idaho / Centennial HS) (100), Elynn Smith (Caldwell, Idaho / Vallivue HS) (1,500), Sora Klopfenstein (Meridian, Idaho / Meridian HS) (5,000), Sarah Johnson (Shelton, Wash. / Shelton HS) (5,000), Kenna Middleton (Nine Mile Falls, Wash. / Lakeside HS) (5,000), Kaitlyn Gerard (Kimberly, Idaho / Kimberly HS) (5,000), Andi Hayes (Fort Collins, Colo. / Poudre HS) (5,000), Stevee Alletag (McCall, Idaho / McCall-Donnelly HS) (100-hurdles), Audrey Youren (Gooding, Idaho / Gooding HS) (high jump), Candace Crew (Boise, Idaho / Capital HS) (high jump), Hailey Bull (Caldwell, Idaho / Caldwell HS) (long jump, triple jump), Melinda Fuimaono (Chula Vista, Calif. / Southwestern CC) (shot put, discus).
ABOUT THE COACH: Pat McCurry enters his eighth year at the helm of the track & field and cross country programs at The C of I. In eight years (after the Coyote running programs were dormant for nearly 30 years), McCurry has built the Coyote men and women into perennial NAIA Top-25 programs - with the men’s cross country team earning six berths to the NAIA Championships, with the Lady Yotes advancing to four-straight NAIA meets, winning the 2008, 2009, and 2011 CCC titles, with his 2011 squad placing seventh at Nationals. For his efforts, McCurry was named 2008, 2009, and 2011 CCC women's cross country Coach of the Year. Student-athletes have claimed 18 individual CCC titles on the track, 11 NAIA All-American awards in cross country and track & field, seven All-NAIA Region I awards in cross country, 38 All-CCC awards in cross country - along with 67 NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete awards. Prior to his arrival at The C of I, McCurry was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Oregon University, helping EOU to a national runner-up finish at the 2002 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Championships and the 2003 CCC title in men’s track & field. As an athlete at EOU from 1997-1999, McCurry claimed two consecutive CCC titles at 5000-meters and finished eighth at the NAIA Championships at 10,000-meters. His best athletic years came after college while running for Nike Portland, and later the Eastside Track Club - where at the 2003 University of Oregon Preview Meet, the Coyote skipper took home the title in the 3000-meters and has a personal best of 8:13 at that distance. He also holds the Willamette Invitational meet record and Charles Bowles track record at 10,000-meters from his 2004 performance there. McCurry has also claimed the title at many Treasure Valley area races, including the infamous Race to Robie Creek in 2005, 2009. and 2010, along with the City of Trees marathon.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more on The C of I track and field program, head to the official homepage of the Coyotes, http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/trackandfield.