There must be something in the water in Deary, Idaho (anybody know where that is?)…because sophomore walk-on Josh Dalton just put on a show in the men’s 800m. He stuck with the front pack for about 85% of the race, then somehow kicked it in, slipped inside and blew by the competition over the final 20 meters to take home gold in 1:52.00 (a HUGE personal best). Awesome race for Josh!
Cesar Barquero (Lima, Peru) also ran a 1:54.79 and took fourth.
Freshman Lauren Schaffer (Boise, Idaho) took second in the women’s 800m with a one-second personal-best time of 2:10.93 (with an altitude adjustment, that just might be a Regional time). She ran a great race and caught Utah State’s Elaine Connolly on the back stretch to move into second.
Men’s Pole Vault:
Bad news for Mike Carpenter (Canby, Ore.), as he no-heighted in the vault…but he had to come straight over to the event after running the second leg of Idaho’s champion 4x100m relay team. It took a lot of guts, but you could tell he was just gassed. On the upside, Lucas Pope (Hayden, Idaho) won a jump-off to take the pole vault title, while freshman Jeremy Klas (Moscow, Idaho) took third. Both jumpers cleared 16-0.75.
Men’s & Women’s 1500m:
Freshman James Clark (Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada) had a great effort to go third in the 1500m with a time of 3:53.21. Fellow freshman Teegan Schoch (Kelowna, B.C., Canada) ran strong and came in fourth at 4:40.78. With the altitude adjustment, she becomes the first Vandal woman to regionally qualify this year! Congrats!
Most recent team standings show Idaho in second with 106 points, while Utah State leads with 130.