Idaho colleges roundup: College of Idaho men wrap up conference title in basketball

STATESMAN STAFFFebruary 16, 2014 

SALEM, Ore. — Joe Vaz scored 19 points, and the sixth-ranked Coyotes locked up their first NAIA Division II Tournament berth in seven years with an 80-75 overtime victory over Corban. The C of I (23-5, 14-2) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 5 minutes of regulation, and a Vaz 3-point play in overtime gave the Coyotes the lead for good. The Coyotes clinched their first outright Cascade Conference title since 2004, and an automatic berth to nationals in the process.

BOISE STATE TRACK AND FIELD: The Boise State women won six events, while the men earned three titles at the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa. The individual women’s winners were: Jordan Ward (high jump, 5 feet, 5 inches), Allison Jeffries (pole vault, 13-1.50), Kimberly Miller (long jump, 19-4.25), Josephine Lawrence (triple jump, 39-9.75) and Hayli Bozarth (shot put, 61-10.25). The men’s winners were: Jordin Andrade (400 meter, 49.57), Kyle Merritt (mile, 4:18.71) and Ryan Sanders (triple jump, 46-6.75). The Broncos will next compete in the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. They begin Feb. 27 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

COLLEGE OF IDAHO TRACK AND FIELD: Hillary Holt finished sixth in an elite field of 30 runners in the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Her time of 4:36.96 was nearly 20 seconds faster than any time in the NAIA this season, and it beat her own school record. Nick Hampton won his 800-meter heat. His time of 1:53.31 established a school record.

• At the Boise State Team Challenge, Lila Klopfenstein won the women’s mile in 5:03.39 and Jordan Engelhardt set a school record in the women’s 1,000 meters (3:00.81).

IDAHO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Christina Salvatore scored a game-high 17 points and added seven rebounds as the Vandals (18-8, 11-1 WAC) defeated Utah Valley 69-61.

BSU TENNIS: No. 55-ranked Utah defeated the Broncos 5-2 at Boas Indoor Tennis Center. Anissa Bryant-Smith and Megan Lalone recorded wins for Boise State (4-2).

BSU SOFTBALL: The Broncos defeated UTEP 16-9 in the first game Saturday at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas. Later, the Broncos lost 11-2 to Minnesota in five innings.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE BASEBALL: Cal State Dominguez Hills defeated the Crusaders 5-0 in Carson, Calif. NNU is 1-8 after its season-opening road trip to Hawaii and California.

NNU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders defeated Seattle Pacific 75-67 in Seattle. Megan Hingston had 20 points to lead NNU (13-10, 6-9 GNAC).

NNU MEN’S BASKETBALL: Alaska Anchorage defeated the Crusaders 76-64 in Nampa. Kevin Rima led NNU (5-17, 2-11 GNAC) with 19 points.

C OF I WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Erica Martinez scored 22 points, and the Coyotes (14-10, 11-5 Cascade) beat Corban 76-62 in Salem, Ore.

C OF I SOFTBALL: The Coyotes split a pair of games at the Northwest Cup in Portland. They defeated Simpson 7-3, but lost to Pacific Lutheran 8-7.

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