Halie Raudenbush — cross country
The University of Idaho men’s and women’s cross country teams competed against some of the nation’s top runners on Saturday at the Dellinger Invitational. With two of the team’s top runners held out from the completion, the Vandals responded with strong performances. For the women’s side, Raudenbush led the way for Idaho. Raudenbush, a sophomore from Boise finished 20th overall with a time of 17 minutes, 36 seconds.
“Halie is having a great season and I was very impressed by her today,” Idaho coach Wayne Phipps said.
The women’s team finished in 6th place at the Dellinger Invitational with 175 total points. Next up for the Vandals is a team split on Oct. 19. Part of the squad will compete at Terre Haute, Ind., for the NCAA Pre-Nationals, while another group will travel to Lewiston, Idaho for the Inland Northwest Classic.
Jose Bendeck — tennis
The Western Athletic Conference announced the men’s and women’s tennis players of the month for September on Wednesday. Idaho’s Jose Bendeck was named the men’s honoree for the first month of the fall tennis season.
Bendeck, a senior from Barranquilla, Colombia, went 5-1 in singles play and 4-1 in doubles play for the month. He also won a top-flight main draw in both singles and doubles. Bendeck won four consecutive singles matches in the top flight at the EWU Invitational to clinch the singles championship. He teamed up with Cristobal Ramos Salazar to win three doubles matches to claim the top-flight doubles championship.
Four of his five singles victories during the month were in straight sets. Bendeck’s only singles loss during the month was as a close 7-5, 6-4 loss to the No. 38 player in the nation, Baylor’s Julian Lenz, who went on to win the top-flight singles draw at the Baylor Invitational.
JP Burgess — soccer
The Idaho soccer team played a tough match on Friday night ending with a 1-0 victory over the Utah Valley Wolverines. The lone goal came off the foot of midfielder JP Burgess. In the 81st minute, Burgess fielded a pass from freshman Kaysha Darcy on the right side of the field and fired a shot from 12 yards out to break the scoreless tie. For Burgess, a sophomore from La Center, Wash., it was her first career goal in a Vandal uniform. The Vandals continue WAC play on Sunday when they visit Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.