Broncos Prevail at Bronco Classic

NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State track and field program picked up eight titles, 21 top-three finishes and two record book performances at the Bronco Classic on Saturday (Feb. 2) at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

The Bronco men tallied five titles, while the women earned three titles and two all-time top-three indoor school marks.

Manoah Wesson notched one of three wins on the track for the Bronco men, earning the 400-meter title in an indoor personal best time of 47.71-seconds. Drew O'donoghue-McDonald also ran a personal best time, winning the 800-meters in 1:54.41, while Rolando Trammel collected his second win of the season in the 60-meter hurdles (8.02-seconds).

Chase Sexton earned his fourth-straight shot put title with a mark of 56-8.75 (17.29m), remaining undefeated in the event this year. Will Lohman matched his teammate, also earning his fourth-straight win, with a mark of 59-10.50 (18.25m) in the weight throw to remain undefeated.

For the women, Emma Bates collected the 800-meter title in her first time running the event indoors for the Broncos. Bates clocked a time of 2:11.14, marking the second-fastest time indoor time in school history. Bates adds the record book performance to her list of indoor school records in the Mile, 3000-meters and 5000-meters.

Marisa VanderMalle earned a win in the Mile while running a personal best of 4:55.02. Broncos Yvonne Bennett and Cyntrail Pierce tied for the final title of the day, sharing the 400-meter win in a time of 57.02-seconds. The time was a personal best for Bennett.

In the women's 200-meters Mackenzie Flannigan earned a second-place finish while recording the school's third-fastest indoor time of 24.37-seconds. Taryn Campos was close behind, placing third in 24.57-seconds. Rici Morrill also notched a third-place finish for the Broncos, running the Mile in 5:04.42, while Lauran Johnson rounded out the women's top-three finishers, placing second in the high jump with a mark of 5-7 (1.70m), her best as a Bronco.

Bret Scheve and Paul Robertson joined Wesson in a top-three sweep of the men's 400-meters, placing second (49.08, personal best) and third (49.18), respectively. Daveon Collins earned a third-place finish in the 60-meters (6.82), while Jeff Howard (4:11.24) and David Elliott (4:12.18) ran personal records in the Mile to place second and third, respectively.

In the men's field events Roderick Townsend cleared 6-6.25 (1.99m) in the high jump, while Luke Schafer cleared 15-5 (4.70m) in the pole vault, both placing second. Matt Post added the final top-three performance for the men, throwing 57-0.75 (17.39m) to place third in the weight throw.

Also earning top-eight finishes for the Bronco men, include (* pr - indicates Boise State personal record): Aaron Back, Mile (6th, 4:15.63); Kyle Brush, Mile (7th, 4:17.16 *pr); Karrie Butler, 200-meters (6th, 21.98 *indoor pr); Jeff Daw, 400-meters (5th, 49.52); Tyler June, 400-meters (7th, 50.97); Aaron Leyva, 800-meters (7th, 1:57.35 *pr); Joe McFadden, 800-meters (5th, 1:56.27 *pr); Tyler Rackleff, 800-meters (4th, 1:55.78); Paul Robertson, 200-meters (8th, 22.29); Nathan Serrano, pole vault (7th, 13-11.25/4.25m); Nick Tatro, 800-meters (6th, 1:56.32); Rolando Trammel, long jump (4th, 21-6.25/6.56m) and high jump (8th, 6-4.25/1.94m); Barak Watson, Mile (4:15.18); Zach Wiles, Mile (4th, 4:14.90 *pr) and the men's 4x400-meter relay (4th).

Also earning top-eight finishes for the Bronco women, include: Destiny Gammage, 60-meters (5th, 7.78) and 200-meters (4th, 25.32); Kate Holman, 60-meter hurdles (7th, 8.98h); Steffanie Jordan, 60-meters (4th, 7.75 *pr) and 200-meters (5th, 25.75); Megan Kelley, 400-meters (4th, 58.06); Lauren Lucas, Mile (4th, 5:05.39); Marissa Opatz, 800-meters (8th, 2:17.94 *pr); Tajanee Simmons, 200-meters (7th, 26.04 *pr) and 60-meter hurdles (5th, 8.9h); Shannon Susbauer, Mile (6th, 5:05.66 *pr); Chelsey Washington, 400-meters (5th, 58.09 *pr); and the women's 4x400-meter relay (4th).

Boise State has one week remaining of its regular season indoor competitions. The Broncos will split squads this coming weekend hosting the Boise State Team Challenge at the Jacksons Indoor Track and traveling a handful of athletes to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 8 and 9.

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