Unlike softball or basketball or football, there is very little nuance in track and field recruiting.
By and large, there is no need to wrangle with intangibles, because a 6 foot high jump in high school is a 6 foot high jump in college.
Get the athlete with the biggest number, and convince them that through four years of focused improvement, that number can get bigger and bigger.
Shelley graduate Diedre Wilson was one such convincee, and has now blasted past the 40-foot barrier in the indoor shot put for Weber State.
Wilson, a senior for the Wildcats, reached 41 feet, 2 1/2 inches in the shot Jan. 27 at the Wildcat Open, setting a personal-best in the event.
Wilson again cracked 40 in the shot this past at the Mountain States Games in Pocatello, pushing the pea 40-1 1/2.
Weber State has one more week of competition before heading to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the Big Sky Indoor Championships on Feb. 22.
Competing for Utah State at the Boise State Jackson Invitational this past weekend, Bonneville graduate Coen Haroldsen turned in a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8 minutes, 36.64 seconds. Haroldsen also placed fifth in the mile (4:24.40) at the unscored event.
Finishing just ahead of Haroldsen in the mile for USU, Snake River graduate James Withers finished third at 4:16.58.
On the women’s side for the Aggies, Shelley graduate Paytin Drollinger was third in the mile run with a 5:05.32.
Umpqua freshman Coleman Johnson made the most out of his 6-foot-6 frame to outperform Lane 7-footer Kylor Kelley on Wednesday during a 100-75 win.
Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds against seven points and seven rebounds for Kelley, an Oregon State commit. Umpqua is now 14-8.
Idaho State guard and Bonneville graduate Jared Stutzman put up 23 points Saturday during an 84-80 road loss to Southern Utah. Stutzman also had four rebounds for the 10-11 Bengals.
Blackfoot graduate and North Idaho forward Jarod Greene hit 5 of 6 from the field, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds Saturday during a 100-81 win over Yakima Valley. The Cardinals are now 17-5.
Southern Idaho guard and Bonneville grad Telly Davenport pitched in with 10 points and seven rebounds Saturday during an 88-73 win over USU-Eastern. The Golden Eagles are now 22-4.
Madison graduate and Big Bend guard Leah Dougherty finished with a game-best four steals Saturday during a 61-46 win over Blue Mountain. Dougherty also had 14 points and five rebounds for the 16-7 Vikings.
Also leading her team in steals this past weekend, Skyline graduate Tilar Clark had four thefts Sunday and three points during a 78-74 win over Colorado. The Utes are now 15-8.
Walla Walla Warriors guard and West Jefferson product Jade Skidmore led her team to 21-1 Saturday, finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds during an 80-51 win over Spokane.
Rigby graduate Tori Anderson hit three 3-pointers for Montana Western on Saturday, finishing with 11 points and three assists Saturday during a 60-57 win over Lewis-Clark State. The Bulldogs are now 18-6.
Treasure Valley wing and Challis graduate Tara Chamberlain had 11 points and 8 rebounds Saturday during a 57-49 win over Spokane. The Chukars are now 11-10.
Eights were wild for Shelley graduate Kira Marlow on Saturday as she finished with eight points and eight rebounds for Northwest College during an 83-63 win over Western Wyoming.
The Westminster Griffins got their 12th win of the season Saturday with a 75-56 win over Colorado Mesa, getting seven rebounds from Ririe graduate Sicilee Williams. Westminster is now 12-9.
Idaho Falls graduate and Jamestown regular Kade Thompson placed fourth in the 165-pound bracket at this past weekend’s Sioux City Open. Thompson won his second and third bouts of the event, finishing 2-2.