Idaho colleges roundup: Boise State's Bates adds two more titles at Mountain West track

Statesman staffMay 18, 2014 

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Junior Emma Bates won the 1,500 meters (4:40.06) and the 5,000 (17:37.68) at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.

Bates repeated the 5,000 title she won in 2012. Combining indoor and outdoor MW championships, she has won seven MW titles in her past five MW meets.

Boise State freshman Fernando Martinez won the men's 400 hurdles with a 50.83.

The San Diego State women won the team title with 144 points; Boise State was fifth with 90.5. New Mexico claimed the men's title with 185, while the Broncos were sixth with 67 points.

BSU FOOTBALL: Sophomore linebacker Andrew Pint is transfering out of the program. He has not decided on a destination. Pint was one of nine returning scholarship linebackers competing for two lineup spots.

"I just want to get a fresh start somewhere that I can make a big impact,'' Pint said via text message. He is from Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Idaho men and women sweep WAC track crowns

OREM, Utah — The Vandals are leaving the Western Athletic Conference with two team titles after Saturday's performance at the WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The men — who also won the league indoor title earlier this year — beat Utah Valley by 46 points (204-158) and the women finished with 181.5 points, 14.5 ahead of Grand Canyon.

"It was an awesome team effort,'' said coach Wayne Phipps, who was voted the league men's and women's coach of the year.

Individually, Hannah Kiser became the first woman in WAC history to win the 1,500 meters (4:30.36), 5,000 (17:43.30) and 10,000 (36:53.96), and was voted the Women's Outstanding Track Performer for the second year in a row.

Freshman Katelyn Peterson was awarded the Women's Freshman of the Year award after winning the high jump (5-10.50). On the men's side, Arphaxad Carroll won Freshman of the Year after taking the long (23-7.5) and triple (49-5) jumps.

The Vandals' other winners Saturday were Andrey Levkiv (men's discus, 158-5), Ben Ayesu-Attah (400, 46.62), Tayler Feinauer (women's javelin, 155-9) and Ana Pardo (women's shot put, 48-3.5).

This is Idaho's last year in the WAC; the Vandals move into the Big Sky in all sports but football starting next year.

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