Good morning everyone.
I just got myself set up for the third overall day and first individual day of the WAC Championships. The first event on the menu today is the men’s hammer throw, which starts in about 30 minutes. Since it has the potential to be a dangerous event to the spectators (or anyone really near the area), the hammer starts quite a while before everything else. Event number two of the day is the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, which starts at 2 p.m. (MT). The next field event will be the women’s javelin, which will start at 3 p.m.
The first track event featuring Idaho athletes will be the men’s 3,000m steeplechase with junior Steve Potratz (Moscow, Idaho) and freshman Alex Brekke (Bozeman, Mont.). There are seven entrants into this race, so as long as they finish the race, we’re guaranteed at least one all-WAC honor there (sixth or better)…but I’m guessing our guys are going to want to do a lot better than that.
The two steeplechase races are finals, and the only other races to be finals today will be the men’s and women’s 10,000m…which are the final two events of the day. Keep an eye out on freshman Julia Veseth (Moscow, Idaho) in this race. She’s been getting better every week in this race and since they’re running such a long distance at altitude, you can probably throw all the entry times out the window. These long distance events are more about tactics than times.
For the rest of the track events, it’s all about getting a good, comfortable run and qualifying for tomorrow’s finals.
In the field today, there will be plenty of Vandals to watch out for. In the long jump, 2008 All-American Elvie Williams (Tacoma, Wash.) will be looking to get a big jump in, while Idaho’s men’s throws crew will need to score big in both the hammer and the discus. Sophomore Anne Barnett (Hermiston, Ore.) was a Regional qualifier in the women’s javelin last year, but has yet to hit that mark this year, so hopefully she can get that going and place well.
I’m going to wander over to the hammer throw area and check that out, then I’ll be back to report.