Record Marks Lead Broncos to Seven Titles at Jacksons Invite

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State collected seven additional titles on day two of the Jacksons Invitational/New Balance Boise Indoor meet at the Jacksons Indoor Track, Saturday (Jan. 26). The seven wins were in addition to three earned on Friday.

Boise State was led by a trio of record-book performances from Emma Bates, who crushed the school record in the Mile, the men's 4x400-meter relay, who set a new school record, and Karrie Butler, who ran the third-fastest indoor 400-meter time in school history. The trio each collected wins and were joined by Justin Malnes, Chase Sexton and Rolando Trammel who won the men's 60-meter hurdles, shot put and heptathlon, respectively. The Bronco women's 4x400-meter relay added the final win of the seven.

Bates improved her career-best mark by nearly six-seconds in the Mile, jumping from the second-best time in school history over former school record holder Niamh Beirne for the new record. Bates clocked a time of 4:43.76, moving her to ninth in the country and besting Beirne's time by nearly three-seconds (4:46.18; run in 1996).

Boise State's men's 4x400-meter relay set the second school record of the day, with the quartet of Butler, Jordin Andrade, Manoah Wesson and Daveon Collins running a time of 3:11.99. The time breaks the former record of 3:12.13 set by Butler, Wesson, Trammel and Paul Robertson in 2011.

Butler also had a record day individually, clocking the third-fastest indoor 400-meter time in school history en route to his first win of the season. Butler clocked a time of 47.44-seconds, while teammate Andrade, who holds the second-fastest indoor 400-meter time from a previous meet, ran a time of 47.58-seconds to place second. Malnes collected his fifth title of the season in the 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 8.07-seconds.

Sexton had a big day, throwing a 12-inch personal record in the shot put. The mark of 59-0.75 earned him his third straight title of the season. Teammate Will Lohman recorded a personal-best as well, recording a mark of 58-0.25, for two-foot improvement and a third-place finish.

Trammel fought through day two of the heptathlon to collect a title in his first time competing in the event. Trammel won the 60-meter hurdles (8.19), followed by a fourth-place finish in the pole vault (11-5.75) to put him in 38-points out of first heading into the final event. Trammel clocked a time of 2:59.03 to place third in the 1000-meters helping to move him to first overall to capture the overall heptathlon title with 4,978-points.

Roderick Townsend collected a third-place finish in the heptathlon with 4,808-points after placing second in the pole vault (11-9.75), third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.72) and fifth in the 1000-meters (3:05.22). Adam Ruggiero earned a fifth-place finish for the Broncos with 3,977-points.

Boise State's women's 4x400-meter relay, made up of Megan Kelley, Taryn Campos, Mackenzie Flannigan and Chelsey Washington, clocked a season-best 3:47.67, winning a relay title for the second time this season.

In addition the women collected a handful of top-three finishes on the day, including Rici Morrill's second-place finish in the 800-meters (2:15.33). Mackenzie Flannigan collected a third-place finish in the 400-meters (56.63), while Heather Pilcher ran a lifetime best of 7.73-seconds to place third in the 60-meters. In the field events, the women were led by Lauran Johnson who earned a pair of runner-up titles in the triple jump (38-0) and high jump (5-5), while Kimberly Miller placed third with a mark of 37-10.75.

On the men's side, Andy Robertson added a solid top-three performance, placing third in the 800-meters with a time of 1:53.26.

Other Broncos finishing in the top-eight include (*pr indicates personal record): Taryn Campos, 400-meters (4th, 56.95); Jeff Daw, 400-meters (8th, 49.22); Destiny Gammage, 60-meters (6th, 7.82); Jeff Howard, 800-meters (8th, 1:55.57 *pr); Shannon Jacobs, 60-meters (7th, 7.88); Steffanie Jordan, 60-meters (tie 4th, 7.78 *pr); Alexis Keyes, triple jump (tie 4th, 37-1.75); Drew O'donoghue-McDonald, 800-meters (7th, 1:55.02 *pr); Lacie Rasley, shot put (6th, 42-11); and Tajanee Simmons, 60-meter hurdles (6th, 9.06).

The Broncos earned three titles on day one of the Jacksons Invitational, totaling 10 over the two-day meet. The meet was run in conjunction with the New Balance Boise Indoor meet, a high school level competition. The two meets totaled nearly 1,000 competitors over the two days.

Boise State continues its season in one week hosting its fifth of six regular-season meets. The Bronco Classic is slated for a 9:00 a.m. start on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.

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