College Sports

Vazorka earns starting spot, high praise

Junior Thomas Vazorka (Bellingham) appears to have cemented himself as the starter at right guard for the Idaho State football team during spring practices.

Though this will be he first year as a full-time starter and he’ll be the only new starter up front for the Bengals this fall, he’s hardly a new face up front.

The 6-foot-4, 318 pounder already has started five games, including games against Utah and Utah State last season. He told the Idaho State Journal that he plans to lean on that experience this fall.

“Experience is everything,” Vazorka told the Journal. “The more experience you have, the better you’re going to be as a player.”

Vazorka already is catching the eye of ISU coach Mike Kramer.

“He’s a tremendous player — an outstanding pro prospect for down the road,” Kramer told the Journal. “He’s just a great physical, dominant guy who needs to be on the field all the time. Thomas Vazorka is one of the best offensive guards in the United States, let alone the Big Sky Conference right now.”

Meyer re-emerges at Eastern

Matt Meyer (Lynden), who originally committed to play offensive line at Washington State, is seeing some reps at guard for Eastern Washington this spring.

Meyer, a 6-5, 300-pound redshirt freshman will battle for playing time with returning All-Big Sky left guard Aaron Neary, returning starting right guard Thomas Gomez and seniors Jay Deines and David Delgado.

Redshirt freshman Spencer Blackburn (Meridian) also is in the mix at center, as the Eagles look to replace Jase Butorac. Senior T.J. Boatright is the frontrunner, with Blackburn and fellow freshman Nick Ellison pushing him.

Dunford earns weekly honor

Trinity Western pole vaulter Nathan Dunford (Mount Baker) was selected a National Christian College Athletic Association Student Athlete of the Week on April 8.

Dunford opened his outdoor season with a personal-best by clearing 4.93 meters (about 16 feet, 2 inches) on April 4 at the University of Puget Sound’s JD Shotwell Invitational. His performance was a Spartans outdoor record and was the highest vault in the NCCAA to date.

During the indoor season, Dunford finished second at the Canada West conference championships, clearing 4.83 meters (about 15-10).

Gibson joins the club

Stanford sophomore Patrick Gibson (Squalicum) became the eighth current Cardinal runner to break 14 minutes in the 5,000 meters on April 3 during the first day of the Stanford Invite.

Gibson finished 16th in Section 3 with a time of 13 minutes, 58.96 seconds.

During the indoor season, Gibson finished 21st in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:12.22 at the MPSF Championships Feb. 27-28 at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle.