Wildcats take part in Idaho Cup

The Weber State University track and field team turned in an impressive performance over the weekend at the Idaho Cup held in Boise, Idaho.

The men’s and women’s teams each saw more athletes qualify for the Big Sky meet and had a handful of athletes pick up seasonal-best marks at the tournament.

The women’s team saw two new women qualify for the end-of-season tournament. Jerica Wilson booked a spot in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.75 seconds. Wilson’s time was good enough to claim first place in the event. Britlie Silvester also qualified in the shotput with a throw of 44-06.00.

On top of that, Tiffany Hellstrom took first place in the javelin throw with a throw of 160-02. Women’s head coach Jim Blaisdell said he was impressed with her strong performance.

“It was a very outstanding performance for her,” Blaisdell said. “Good for Tiffany, especially coming off the injury.”

Blaisdell said he saw a lot of improvement in the team from its performance last week. As a team, the Wildcat women saw 18 seasonal-best performances during the two-day meet.

“We’re definitely a better team than we were last week,” Blaisdell said. “So we’re making progress, and that’s what we need to do. Each week, we just need to keep plugging away and we’ll certainly continue to get better.”

On the men’s side, three athletes qualified for the conference meet. Chris Struckman qualified for his fifth event of the Big Sky meet, this time in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.84 seconds. He has also qualified for the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, long jump, high jump and the 4-by-100-meter relay.

Dustin Durfee qualified for the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.04 seconds. Jacob Petrie qualified in the 110-meter hurdles as well with a time of 14.99 seconds.

Cylor Morgan once again won the long jump. Morgan has had a strong year, winning every event he’s entered during the outdoor season except for one.

WSU saw 17 seasonal-best marks on the men’s side. Men’s head coach Dan Walker said he was the happiest about that coming out of the meet.

“We’re not going to see many qualifiers in this meet, because most all of our athletes qualified last week,” Walker said, “but to see that many improvements, that’s a very good number.”

Walker said the team played well despite the conditions not being great, and instead of struggling in the cold weather, the team stepped up.

“I’m very pleased with the way the guys competed,” Walker said. “It was kind of a dreary two days with all the rain, but that didn’t stop us. We got better.”

The Wildcats will compete this weekend at the University of Utah Spring Classic. On Saturday, they’ll be at home for the Wildcat Outdoor Open. WSU will host another meet before the end of the season. On May 1, the WSU Twilight Invitation will be the last meet before the conference championships the following week.

After the Big Sky Conference Championship meet, the first round of the NCAA Championship meet will be held for those athletes who qualify. A few weeks after the first round, the NCAA Outdoor Championships will take place in Eugene, Ore.