Broncos Thrive in Final Regular Season Meets

NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State track and field program had a solid showing in its final regular-season weekend of competition, Friday and Saturday (Feb. 8-9). At home the Broncos tallied nine event titles, 32 top-three finishes and one all-time Boise State top-three finish on Saturday at the Boise State Team Challenge held at the Jacksons Indoor Track. On the road the Broncos were successful at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Husky Classic in Seattle, where Emma Bates ran a school record performance.

The Boise State Team Challenge was in its second day following a world record performance by Washington's Jeremy Taiwo in the heptathlon high jump on Friday. Saturday he finished out the seven-event competition by winning the 60-meter hurdles (8.08) and 1000-meters (2:34.44) and placing third in the pole vault (13-11.25/4.25m). Taiwo totaled 6,156-points en route to a world leading mark and facility record in the heptathlon. His mark was the fifth-best ever by an American and ranks No. 31 in all-time world heptathlon scores.

The Broncos were also successful at the Boise State Team Challenge with the women collecting four wins, while the men won five on Saturday. Boise State's women's 4x400-meter relay made up of Taryn Campos, Mackenzie Flannigan, Cyntrail Pierce and Yvonne Bennett ran the second-fastest indoor time in school history (3:45.16) while collecting a win. The win was the second for Pierce on Saturday after she won the 400-meter dash in a career-best indoor time of 56.64-seconds.

Rici Morrill earned another win for the Broncos, running the 800-meters in 2:12.21, while Taryn Treadway ran a personal-best of 10:17.68 to win the 3000-meters.

The men's 4x400-meter relay followed suite, collecting a win after Jeff Daw, Paul Robertson, Tyler June and Andy Robertson joined to run 3:19.33. Both Robertson's were on their second wins of the day after Paul Robertson ran 22.11-seconds to win the 200-meters and Andy Robertson won the 800-meters in 1:53.92. Zach Wiles had a personal-record (8:32.28) in the 3000-meters for the final win on the track. Chase Sexton added the only field event win for the men on Saturday, earning his fifth-straight shot put title (56-9.50/17.31m) to remain undefeated this season.

Joining Taiwo in the two-day heptathlon, Boise State's Roderick Townsend placed third overall with a personal-best 4,909-points. Townsend rounded out his second day of competition with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.77), a tie for fifth in the pole vault (12-3.50/3.75m) and a fifth-place finish in the 1000-meters (2:57.66). Fellow Bronco Adam Ruggiero finished the heptathlon in seventh-place with a 3,909-point total.

Boise State was able to sweep the top finishes in a handful of events on Saturday. Taryn Campos and Megan Kelley followed Pierce for a top three sweep in the 400-meters running 56.70 and 56.72-seconds, respectively. On the men's side Andy Robertson led an 800-meters sweep with Kyle Brush placing second (1:54.27) and Nick Tatro third (1:54.57).  Paul Robertson led a 200-meter sweep with Jeff Daw running 22.38-seconds to place second and Tyler June running to a 22.70-second third-place finish.

Bret Scheve collected a pair of runner-up titles, clocking 8.49-seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and 49.24-seconds in the 400-meter dash. Jeff Daw placed third in the quarter-mile race, running 49.40-seconds, while Wyatt Diederickson rounded out the Bronco men's top-three finishes with a runner-up title in the Mile (4:16.44).

Steffanie Jordan recorded a pair of top-three finishes, placing second in the 60-meters (7.73), as well as third in the 200-meters (25.09), both personal-best times. Additional Bronco women to earn runner-up titles on the track included (all in personal-best times): Bennett in the 200-meters (24.69), Cara Strodel in the Mile (5:12.84), Lauren Lucas in the 3000-meters (10:21.90) and Kate Holman in the 60-meter hurdles (9.05). Shannon Jacobs earned a third-place finish in the 60-meters (7.83).

Lauren Johnson earned a runner-up title in the high jump (5-8.75/1.75m) with a personal-best height, while Lacie Rasley placed second in the shot put with a career-best mark (47-2.50/14.39m). Whitney Amoth also recorded a career-best in the shot put (43-5.75) to place third, while Deb Johnson (37-10/11.53m) and Alexis Keyes (37-9.25/11.51m) rounded out the top-three finishers in the field events with second and third-place finishes, respectively, in the triple jump.

HUSKY CLASSIC (Seattle, Wash.)
Marisa VanderMalle kicked off the day for Boise State at the Husky Classic with the women's 3000-meters. VanderMalle ran to a sixth-place finish out of 56 competitors while recording a new school record of 9:32.06, topping teammate Emma Bates' mark of 9:33.04 set in 2012.

Bates answered back later in the evening, running the 3000-meter Invitational race. There the school record was set for the second time in one day with Bates running a 9:13.63 to place 12th out of the 41 runners.

Barak Watson and Jeff Howard raced shortly after VanderMalle in the men's 3000-meter competition. Watson ran a personal-best of 8:17.42 to place 45th, while Howard ran a 8:30.42 to place 69th in the 86-person field.

Drew O'donoghue-McDonald raced in the men's Mile later in the day, placing 23rd out of 94 runners. His time of 4:08.96 was a season-best time.

TYSON INVITATIONAL (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Daveon Collins was the lone Bronco to race at the Tyson Invitational on Saturday, clocking a time of 21.40-seconds to win his heat in the 200-meters and place 10th overall. Collins was the only Bronco to earn a mark at the meet in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Broncos take next weekend off from competition in preparation for the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho, Feb. 21-23.

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