Lucas Pope broke Idaho’s outdoor record in the pole vault and became Western Athletic Conference champion for the third time at the conference track and field meet Thursday in Honolulu.
Pope cleared 17 feet, 3 inches to add a quarter-inch to the year-old mark set by Jeremy Klas, who is redshirting this spring.
Idaho’s Eugenio Mannucci became the sixth Vandal in history to top 60 feet in the shot put, winning the event with a 60-5 3/4 heave as Idaho totaled 41 points through six events, 17 behind early leader Boise State.
On the women’s side, Gabby Midles won a second straight title in the hammer with a throw of 192-11 but the Vandals were a distant fifth behind leader Nevada with 23 points. Freshman Alycia Butterworth was runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10 minutes, 51.95 seconds.
• Eastern Washington’s Kersee Lind placed sixth in the decathlon with 6,630 points at the Big Sky Conference championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Sam Schur of host Sacramento State finished 3 seconds ahead of Montana State’s Jeff Mohl in the concluding 1,500 meters to win the title by seven points with a total of 7,378. Montana’s Lindsay Hall won the heptathlon with a 5,360 total, while teammate and West Valley graduate Melissa Mauro was eighth at 4,516.
Rachel Hunsaker’s RBI single capped a four-run seventh inning as fifth-seeded Snow (21-27) beat No. 4 North Idaho 9-6 to open the Scenic West Athletic Conference tournament at Salt Lake City.
Desirae Tinoco’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run sixth that gave NIC (33-25) a 6-5 lead.
NIC will meet second-seeded Southern Idaho (41-18) today in a loser-out game. Snow lost its second game and plays Western Nevada in another loser-out game.
• Kaitlin Inglesby (21-8) pitched a two-hitter and capped a four-run fourth with a two-run single as the Washington Huskies (32-13, 8-11 Pac-10) posted a 6-1 win over the Oregon State Beavers (18-27, 1-18) at Corvallis, Ore.
Spokane’s Corey Prugh shot an even-par 71 at Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Wash., to earn one of eight qualifying places to the U.S. Open Sectionals.