| 03.17.2018

Athletes of the week


Barry Britt- indoor track and field

It wouldn’t be a repeat for the Idaho men’s indoor track and field team at the WAC Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., but Britt was named the WAC Performer of the Year, while earning the WAC High Point Award. The senior from New Brunswick, Canada, was victorious in two events, the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter races. In the 3,000-meter race, Britt cruised to victory and his time of 8:29.85 was eight seconds better than the second-place finisher from Utah State. In the 5,000-meter, Britt bested USU’s Kyle McKenna once again, finishing the course in 14:53.56. Britt would become the first man in Idaho history to win both events at a conference meet.

Hannah Kiser- indoor track and field

Kiser has put her stamp on the 3,000-meter race at the WAC Championships. The junior won the event for the third consecutive time, crushing the field with her time of 9:40.35. The second-place finisher from New Mexico State finished 15 seconds behind Kiser. In crushing her competition, Kiser set a WAC meet record, beating her previous meet record of 9:45.11 set a year ago. She earned first team All-WAC honors.

Liga Velvere- indoor track and field

The senior sprinter left her own mark on the last indoor conference meet of her career, winning two events in Albuquerque. Velvere teamed with fellow seniors Kelli Hall and Lauren Shaffer, along with junior Karlene Hurrel, to win the 4×400-meter relay race and set a 12-year school record in the process. The quartet’s winning time of 3:41.57 was two seconds better than the previous record, set in 2001. Velvere also went on to win the 800-meter dash for the third consecutive year, and won All-WAC first team honors with a time of 2:08.53.

Cristobal Ramos Salazar- men’s tennis

The Vandals called upon Ramos Salazar’s nerves in a tight 4-3 victory against the University of Portland Saturday in Oregon. The sophomore teamed up with Jose Bendeck at No. 2 doubles, and would need a match victory to secure the doubles point. Idaho had won at No. 1 doubles but fell at the No. 3 spot. The Vandal duo pulled out an 8-6 victory at No. 2, which would later prove essential to the match. Ramos Salazar’s No. 6 singles match would be the last one played, and with the match tied at 3-3, a victory from the Hermosillo, Mexico, native was crucial for the Vandals to preserve their undefeated record. Ramos Salazar fell 6-3 in the first set before coming out on top of the next two 6-1, 6-1. He would go on to win both matches against Portland State in a 7-0 Idaho victory that would make the Vandals 9-0 on the season.


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