Local athletes vie for track and field titles
Idaho, Washington State and Whitworth will combine to send 11 athletes to the NCAA indoor track and field championships this weekend.
Four Whitworth men – all with good chances to score – give the Pirates a shot at the team title at the NCAA Division III meet in Terre Haute, Ind. Defending outdoor champions Cody Stelzer (high jump) and Emmanuel Bofa (800 meters) are seeded first and second in their specialties, respectively, based on results this winter. Shot putters Michael Nahl and Jeff Kintner bring the fifth- and sixth-best marks into the meet.
WSU high jumper Trent Arrivey is ranked second in the men’s high jump field at the Division I meet at Texas A&M, while the 4x400-meter relay team of Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Justin Woods and Jeshua Anderson has clocked the nation’s fifth-fastest time. Joining them in College Station are a pair of Vandals women, Mychal Bothum (fifth in the shot put) and K.C. Dahlgren (17th, pole vault).
Ferris graduate Kelly McNamee of Washington qualified with the seventh-best mark in the women’s high jump. Former Community Colleges of Spokane thrower Jake Shanklin is fifth in 35-pound weight, and former Eastern Washington runner Mattie Bridgmon, now at Oregon, has qualified in the 3,000 and 5,000.
Amy Eneroth (Mead High) tied for 24th place for the 15th-place Washington State University Cougars at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational at Boulder City, Nev.
Eneroth completed three rounds at Boulder Creek Golf Club in 10-over-par 226, 12 shots behind champion Mallory Hetzel of Georgia.
Host UNLV won the team title with an 884, 47 shots better than WSU.