February 1, 1998 in Sports

Idaho’s Chiwira Qualifies For Ncaa Indoor Meet

 

University of Idaho sprinter Tawanda Chiwira qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, when he won the 400 meters in 46.4 seconds at the McDonald’s I meet in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.

Chiwira, a junior from Zimbabwe, finished well ahead of teammate Felix Kamangirira. Nonetheless, Kamangirira posted a provisional qualifying time of 47.17 and may also advance to the NCAAs. The automatic mark is 46.47.

Edward Turner, running unattached, was the only double winner among the men. Turner won the 60 meters in 6.97 seconds and the 200 in 21.81.

Athletes from Idaho and Washington State each won three individual events. Idaho also captured the 4x400 relay.

North Idaho College’s Derek Woodske won the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 61 feet, 5-3/4 inches. Hilary Mawindi of WSU leaped 51-0-1/4 to claim the invitational triple jump.

Idaho dominated the women’s competition, winning seven events, two of them by Humrei Thompson, who captured the 60 meters (7.6) and the 200 (24.5).

Eastern Washington’s Seville Broussard also doubled, clearing 5-3-3/4 in the high jump and taking the 55-meter hurdles (8.23).

Wrestling

Reardan swept the upper weights Saturday to win the team title of the Northeast A League wrestling tournament at Freeman High.

The Indians scored 244 points and won seven individual titles. The host Scotties won five titles to place second with 165 points.

Travis Dixon (101 pounds), Sam Mitchell (108), J.T. Merriott (168), Simon Butterfield (178), Leo Rohner (190), Kyle Taylor (215) and Dan Eller (275) were Reardan’s champions.

The top four in each division advance to the District 7-A/B tournament, Saturday at Ritzville.

Ritzville won three individual titles to edge Almira/Coulee-Hartline and Wilbur-Creston in the team race at the Bi-County League tournament in Republic.

All No. 1 seeds took titles except Ritzville’s Brian Daubart, upset by Davenport’s Jeremiah Johnson, 9-7 in overtime, in the 158 semifinals.

The top five advance to district at Ritzville.

Colville (6-1) had nine pins, including four in the first round, to defeat visiting Pullman 70-10 and finish in second place as the Great Northern league season ended.

, DataTimes

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