Broncos Collect Three Wins on Day One of Jacksons Invitational

NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State track and field teams hosted day one of the Jacksons Invitational/New Balance Boise Indoor meet Friday (Jan. 25) evening at the Jacksons Indoor Track. Boise State walked away with three event wins on day one of the two-day meet that is hosting nearly 1,000 competitors in collegiate and high school events.

Daveon Collins, Barak Watson and Matt Post collected wins for the Broncos, winning the 200-meters, 3000-meters and weight throw, respectively. Collins ran a solid time of 21.48-seconds to win the 200-meters, while Watson ran a time of 8:20.76 to win the 3000-meters. Post recorded a personal-best effort of 58-8 (17.88) in the weight throw, winning his first title of the season.

Joining Watson in a top-three sweep of the 3000-meters was Aaron Back and David Elliott, who placed second and third, respectively. Back clocked a personal-best of 8:25.85, while Elliott ran a time of 8:28.23.

Boise State collected a pair of runner-up titles in the distance medley relay Friday evening in the final collegiate event on the track. The Bronco women's relay, made up of Rici Morrill, Cyntrail Pierce, Shannon Susbauer and Lauren Lucas, ran a time of 12:02.50, just missing the school's top-three all-time best list. The men were just outside of the all-time list as well, with Jeff Howard, Tyler June, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald and Kyle Brush combining to run a 10:12.11.

In field events Heather Pilcher earned the final top-three finish for the Broncos on Friday, jumping her best as a Bronco. Pilcher placed second in the long jump with a mark of 19-5.25.

The heptathlon was the first event of the meet with three Bronco men taking part in day one of the seven-event competition. After four events, Rolando Trammel sits in second-place with 2,887-points, while Roderick Townsend sits in third (2,876) and Adam Ruggiero holds the fifth-place spot (2,615). Trammel earned a win in the heptathlon 60-meters (7.05), while placing second in the long jump (22-8.50), third in the high jump (6-4.25) and sixth in the shot put (32-5). Townsend placed second in the high jump (6-8), third in the 60-metesr (7.30) and long jump (21-10) and fourth in the shot put (37-7.75) to finish the day just 11-points behind Trammel. Ruggiero picked up fourth place finishes in the long jump (21-9.50) and high jump (6-2), as well as a fifth-place finish in the 60-meters (7.42) and 10th in the shot put (28-8.50). The trio chases heptathlon leader Sam Schur of Sacramento State who has totaled 3,087-points with three events remaining on Saturday.

Other top-eight finishers for the Broncos include: Shannon Jacobs, long jump (4th, 18-2.50); Taryn Treadway, 3000-meters (4th, 10:18.04 *pr); Sarah Bisterfeldt, 3000-meters (5th, 10:21.60 *pr); Zach Wiles, 3000-meters (7th, 8:43.36); Yvonne Bennett, 200-meters (7th, 25.16 *pr); and Destiny Gammage, 200-meters (8th, 25.27).

The Jacksons Invitational/New Balance Boise Indoor continues on Saturday, beginning with the completion of the men's heptathlon and numerous high school events. The meet is slated to run throughout the day. For a full schedule, visit: http://www.broncosports.com/fls/9900/stats/track/2012-13/2013jacksonsinvitenewbalancesschedule.pdf

For live meet results, visit: http://www.broncosports.com/fls/9900/stats/track/realtimeresults/index.htm


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