ISU T&F: Conner and Gardom earn Big Sky titles
Idaho State freshman Tanner Conner and sophomore Anna Gardom both won individual titles Friday at the Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field championships in Moscow.
Conner ran a personal-best time of 14.01 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to secure his first Big Sky title. Conner’s mark is the fastest by a Bengal since Jason Bennermon ran a 13.92 in 1985. Conner is also a wide receiver on the football team and Friday was his third meet of the season.
“I knew I had good races in me, but with the lack of training this spring I didn’t know how I would do,” Conner said. “My goal was just to see how I would do, I had two PR’s and came out with the win.”
In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Jakota Brown earned all-conference honors with a third-place finish. Brown’s time of 53.76 seconds is also a personal best.
Senior Christian Brininger had a seventh-place mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 173 feet, 10 inches, while junior Trevor Jensen finished tenth with a throw of 171′, 2″.
Gardom’s final throw of 160 feet, 3 inches in the javelin secured her a first-place finish, the second-best mark in school history. Gardom trails Cassie Merkley’s throw of 161′ 10″ in 2010. Gardom also ranks 22nd in the NCAA West Region.
Gardom came to ISU as a walk-on in the sprints and competed in the javelin for the first time in March.
“I came into the meet with neither the experience nor the distances of the other girls, but I knew I had the heart,” Gardom said. “I knew I wasn’t going to get to the podium if I was tense or stressed so I loosened up, did my pre-throw dance, listened to the hype from my phenomenal coaches and teammates, smiled wide and just went all in.”
The Bengals had two top-seven finishers in the pole vault. Senior Elizabeth Reichlinger had a personal-best vault of 12 feet, 4.25 inches to finish fifth, while freshman Jessica Swannack cleared 12″ 0.5″ to come in seventh.
Junior Shayla Henderson had a very busy week. After finishing third in Wednesday’s heptathlon, she finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles Friday. Henderson also led the Bengals’ 4x400-meter relay squad that ran a season best 3:47.82 to finish fourth.
Fellow Bengal Ginger Nelson earned all-conference honors Thursday after finishing second in the high jump