Idaho crowned five individual champions, but the Vandals men and women both settled for third place Saturday at the Western Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships in Nampa, Idaho.
The women finished just 2.5 points behind runner-up Utah State, with Louisiana Tech running away with the title, despite the victories of Lauren Schaffer (800 meters), K.C. Dahlgren (pole vault), Mykael Bothum (shot put, a school-record 56 feet, 51/4 inches) and Ulrike Hartz (pentathlon).
The men were third behind champion Utah State and Boise State, with pole vaulters Jeremy Klas of Moscow and Lucas Pope of Coeur d’Alene finishing 1-2.
Boise State’s Jeff Howard from North Central High won the 3,000 meters in 8 minutes, 23.40 seconds after taking second in Friday’s 5,000, and earned freshman of the year honors.
•Jeshua Anderson ran a sizzling 46.38-second 400 meters, but Washington State was shut out of individual championships and finished sixth among men and seven among women’s teams at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships in Seattle.
Anderson’s run narrowly missed the school record and was good for second behind Arizona State’s Donald Sanford (46.19).
He also ran a leg on WSU’s third-place 4x400 relay team, while high jumpers Trent Arrivey and Holly Parent and triple jumper Stephen Scott-Ellis also had thirds. UCLA’s men and Oregon’s women came away with team titles.
•Nicole Luckenbach shattered her school record in the 20-pound weight throw by nearly 4 feet with a throw of 65-9 as the Eastern Washington women finished sixth behind champion Sacramento State at the Big Sky Conference championships in Bozeman. The Eagles men finished fifth as Northern Arizona repeated as the champion. Cody Fishel and Adam Stewart both cleared 6-7 to tie for second in the high jump.
East Valley graduate Nick Atwood of Montana State came back to claim third in the 3,000 meters after winning Friday’s 5,000 meters.