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  • #31
    Also on Saturday Zach Penrod set a new PR in the indoor mile at 4:03.39 beating his previous best time by 3.5 seconds. That puts him 2nd on the AAC charts about 0.5 seconds behind Michael O'Donnell of UConn.

    That time moves Zach into 3rd all-time at WSU behind Alan Walker 4:01.50 (1979) and .Azis Girts 4:01.80 (2008).
    Last edited by 1972Shocker; 1 week ago.


    • #32
      Coach Rainbolt held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming AAC Indoor Track & Field Championships this Friday and Saturday (Feb 23-24) in Brimhingham, AL.

      On the men's side "We feel like we are in the hunt for a conference championship...We've got it out on a form chart and it looks like UConn and Houston are going to be tough opponents. Right now I would have to say those are the favorites to battle for first and second, but we're only 13 or 14 points behind."

      He mentioned he was very excited to watch Hunter Vieth purue a Men's Indoor Heptathlon National Title (that will be March 21st and 22nd) but the article did not report anything on how Hunter will be used this weekend. Hunter would be the heavy favorite to win the AAC Heptathlon with teammates Ben Johnson (seeded #3), Jake Horsch (seeded #6) and Kaden Griffin (seeded #7) capable of scoring 21 points if they hold to form. Howevrer, Hunter is good enough in several events that he can potentially generate more points skipping the hetptathlon (and he is already safely qulaified for the Nationals) and competing in those individual events. Hunter would be the #2 seed in the 60H, the #3 seed in the long jump, the #5 seed in the pole vault, the #8 seed in the triple jump and the #9 seed in the high jump (any questions on this guy's athletic ability?). Based on previous comments from Coach Rainbolit this is what they plan on doing. Without Hunter the Shockers can score about 15 points in the heptathlon (they lose Hunter's 10 but the other 3 guys move up a spot) so they only lose 6 points. Hunter is capable of scoring around 20 points in the previously mentioned events. Not sure if he will do all 5 of them but I would guess he will do at least 4 of them.

      Houston will dominate the sprints (the 60 and the 200) and Memphis also looks strong in those events. Houston will also probably win the 400 but are not as deep as they are in the shorter races. Memphis looks strong int he 400 with 3 of the top 8 times coming in.

      In the midddle distance the Shockers will pin their hopes on Zack Penrod. Zack is seeded #6 in the 800 and #2 in the mile. I am assuming he will run both but there are no heat sheets that I can see yet. He would have to run 4 races as the trials are on Friday and the Finals on Satruday. The two events are about 2 hours apart. Reno Law might be able to sneak into the scoring for a point or two in the mile.

      UConn looks strong in the 3k and 5k races as is Tulsa.

      In the 60H I mentioned above that Hunter is the 2 seed.

      The Shockers have the 2nd best time this year in the Distance Medley hehind UConn.

      Miles Griffith (seeded #4), Austin Chippeaux (#7) and Hunter Veith (#9) will vie for points in the high jump. Kole Konrade (#10) would probably need a big PR to sneak into the scoring.

      In the pole vault Hayden Bugner (seeded #3) and Hunter Veith (#5) will compete for points. Hayden has been a bit inconsistent this year and, of course, Hunter is not a specialist so he doesn't work on this event as much as the other guys who specialize in the event do.

      The long jump could be a good event for the Shocks. Hunter is the #3 seed, Jared Belardo is the #4 seed and Rayon Allen is the #7 seed.

      The triple jump will be very important to the Shocker cause. Jared Belardo is the #2 seed, Rayvon Allen #3, Kaden Griffin #4, and Hunter Vieth #8. I don't think Hunter works much on the triple jump since it is not an event in the heptathlon or the decathlon but it is something he did in high school and apparently he is still pretty good at it.

      The Shockers will not be a factor in the Shot put but in the 35lb. Weight Throw Isaiah Evans has the 3rd best throw in the conference this year.

      If they are going to win it they probalby need just about everyone to match the form chart and have a handful of guys setting new PR's. Odd's are against them pulling out a win but they should make a very representatvie showing.
      Last edited by 1972Shocker; 14 hours ago.


      • Cdizzle
        Cdizzle commented
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        Really appreciate your information on all the WSU sports. For reference: There are some of us consuming it, enjoying it, and staying better connected to WSU athletics because of it.

      • 1972Shocker
        1972Shocker commented
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        Thanks Cdizzle glad to hear that at least some Shockernetters find it useful and worthwhile.

    • #33
      Here is the AAC preview of the meet:

      Championship Central:

      The Birmingham Crossplex looks like a fantastic venue for Indoor Track:

      Looks like they will be running on a banked track (except for the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles for which they have 8 lanes in the infield).

      I think Arkansas and Nebraska have bank tracks but I don't think many of our key athletes went to those meets. It will be interesting to see how running on this banked track iimpacts our performances in the running events.

      Last edited by 1972Shocker; 12 hours ago.