Charlston snags WAC honor
Alyssa Charlston earned the second WAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor of her career after dominating performances in wins over Texas State and Texas-San Antonio on Thursday and Saturday last week.
In a 72-60 win against Texas State, the Idaho junior nabbed her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 17 rebounds while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.
The 6-foot-1-inch post then had an 11-point game in Idaho’s 64-45 victory over UTSA. She also tied her career best with five blocked shots to help extend the Vandals current winning streak to three games.
WAC honors Millet
For the third time this season, Idaho sophomore Rachel Millet was selected as the WAC Swimmer of the Week.
Millet continued her undefeated individual race season last Saturday at Oregon State with victories in the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard IM with times of 51.81 seconds, 1:51.41 and 2:04.37 respectively. She won each race by at least 1.5 seconds and and all three times would rank in the WAC’s top 10 this season.
Millet also won WAC Swimmer of the Week honors in October and November this season.
Three home meets this weekend for track and field
The Vandals are set to host three home meets this weekend at the Kibbie Dome Indoor Track. The 37th Annual Vandal Indoor takes place on Friday, the Vandal Collegiate will commence on Saturday and the Vandal Open is set for Sunday. Teams from Washington State, Central Washington, Whitworth, Western Oregon, Warner Pacific, Saint Martin’s, Linfield and Spokane Community College are expected to make the trip to Moscow. The Vandals go into the weekend with the WAC lead in three events: sophomore Ben Ayesu-Attah in the men’s 400-meters, senior Liga Velvere in the women’s 800-meter and junior Hannah Kiser in the women’s mile.
Ayesu-Attah earns WAC honor
Idaho sophomore Ben Ayesu-Attah was honored as the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 21-27.
Ayesu-Attah won the men’s 400-meter dash at the Cougar Indoor on Saturday in record fashion with meet-record and career-best time of 47.53, after track-size adjustment. He is currently first in the WAC and ranks No. 36 in the NCAA.
“He’s had a great start to the season,” Idaho coach Wayne Phipps said. “Running sub-48 in his opener three weeks ago was well beyond our expectation for that meet, so we knew he was set up to go even faster going into last week.”
Track and field hosts kid’s camp
Idaho’s track and field teams hosted their fourth annual WE ARE Runners, Jumpers, Throwers free kids camp on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Kibbie Dome Indoor Track. The camp was available to all Moscow-area elementary school students and many of the participants received t-shirts. The Vandal athletes taught the students fundamentals of several track and field events before letting the kids try the activities for themselves.