Idaho colleges roundup: Boise State's Kim fires 71 at NCAA West Regionals


PULLMAN - Senior T.K. Kim carded a 1-under 71 in the opening round at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course on Thursday. He is tied for 36th, two strokes out of the top 25. Sam Smith of USC leads after firing a course-record 10-under 62, while California leads a field of 14 schools with a 265 (-23). The top individual not on one of the five advancing teams will earn a trip to the NCAA Championships on May 28-June 2 in Atlanta. The regional tournament continues through Saturday.

BSU TRACK AND FIELD: The Broncos are sending 20 athletes (tying a school record) to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships on May 23-25 in Austin, Texas. Qualifiers out of the meet will compete at the NCAA Championships on June 5-8 in Eugene. The list of Broncos includes Jordin Andrade (400 hurdles, 400 relay), Emma Bates (10,000, 5,000), Taryn Campos (200, 100 relay), Daveon Collins (100, 200, 400 relay), Jeff Daw (400 relay), David Elliott (5,000), Mackenzie Flannigan (100, 200, 100 relay), Destiny Gammage (100 relay), Austin Hamilton (javelin), Shannon Jacobs (100 relay), Justin Malnes (110 hurdles), Rici Morrill (1,500), Tessa Murray (5,000), Drew O'donoghue-McDonald (1,500), Alyssa Osai (hammer), Heather Pilcher (long jump, 100 relay), Matt Post (hammer), Bret Scheve (400 hurdles, 400 relay), Marisa VanderMalle (3,000 steeplechase) and Zach Wiles (3,000 steeplechase).

BSU TENNIS: Junior Andy Bettles (23-6 and headed to the NCAA singles tournament) was named the Mountain Region Player to Watch by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Clancy Shields was named Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year and Catrina Thompson is the Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year. Clancy is the new head coach at Utah State.

COLLEGE OF IDAHO BASKETBALL: Joe Vaz, a 7-foot-1 junior out of Palomar College in California, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Coyotes, new coach Scott Garson announced Thursday. He will become the tallest player in C of I history, the school said.

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