Feb. 4, 2012
BOISE, Idaho - The Husky sprinters and throwers canvassed the state of Idaho this weekend, competing at three different track meets today and Friday, with several victories and new Top-10 marks to show for it.
The sprinters competed today at the Bronco Classic meet held at the Jacksons Indoor Track, the same venue that will host the NCAA Indoor Championships this coming March. The Husky sprint crew won every event it competed in on Saturday, starting with a victory from sophomore Maurice McNeal in the 400-meter dash. An honorable mention All-American at 400-meters outdoors last season, McNeal won by nearly a second, running a new indoor personal best of 47.29 seconds. That ranks him fifth on the indoor Top-10 list, and currently ties him for 15th nationally this indoor season.
Senior Jordan Carlson followed up with another dominant win in the women's 400-meters, barely missing the school record in the process. Carlson, who already holds the outdoor record at 54.18, ran 55.15 in the top heat to finish well ahead of UCLA's Katherine Reid. It is the second-best mark in school history indoors, just a fraction off of Kelsey Sheppard's 55.11 record from 2002.
The next Husky win came from All-American James Alaka, who captured the 200-meter title in a new indoor best of 21.47 seconds. He adds his name to the indoor Top-10 list at No. 6 with that mark.
Alaka and McNeal then came back to close out the day on the 4x400-meter relay, along with Dan Sanders and Colton Dunn. The foursome got the victory in a season-best time of 3:12.59, defeating teams from Boise State and UCLA.
A number of throwers spent Friday and Saturday competing in Moscow, Idaho at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome.
On Friday, senior Elisa Bryant won the weight throw at the Vandal Indoor with a best toss of 61-7 ¾. Erica Huse also had a new weight throw PR, taking fifth at 52-5 ½, which now ranks third in school history. The two also threw the discus indoors, with Bryant throwing 139-9 and Huse going 118-10.
Freshman Danny Shelton also continued to make progress in the shot put, as with his sixth and final attempt, he tossed a season-best of 49-11 ¾.
The throwers were back in action on Saturday but results are not yet available.