Britt shines at NCAA indoor meet

Barry Britt of Hampton was a multiple award winner at the NCAA Division 1 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Albuquerque, N.M., over the weekend.

Britt, a senior with the Idaho Vandals, was named WAC Track Performer of the Year, an award that is voted on by the coaches.

He also shared the WAC High Point Performer of the Year with UTA’s Clayton Vaughan as they both tallied 20 points during the championships.

Britt beat out Utah State’s Kyle McKenna in the men’s 5,000-metre Friday night, renewing a cross-country rivalry. Britt turned it up in the final 250 metres, outlasting McKenna with a time of 14 minutes, 53.56 seconds. McKenna turned in a time of 15:02.65 and Seattle U’s Matthew McClement ran a 15:17.11 for third place.

Back on the track Saturday afternoon in the men’s 3,000-metre run saw Britt take first with a time of 8:29.85 to give him two titles for the weekend. A pair of Utah State Aggies finished in second and third, McKenna in 8:37.81 and Martinez in 8:47.63.

Britt becomes the first Idaho man to win both the 3,000- and 5,000-metres at a single indoor conference championship. He was also the first Vandal male to achieve a double-victory in the 5,000- and 10,000-metres at a WAC Outdoor Conference Championship back in May of 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Britt helped the men’s Vandals to a fifth-place (64 points) team finish.

Britt’s next competition will see him travel to Seattle to attend University of Washington’s Husky Last Chance Qualifier Meet on March 2 running in the men’s 3,000 metres.