Women's DMR Wins Again in Albuquerque
Feb. 23, 2017

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Boise State women’s distance medley relay team of Sadi Henderson (1,200m), Amy Pfaff (400m), Alexis Fuller (800m) and Clare O’Brien (1,600m) captured the victory on Thursday afternoon at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Conference Championships, giving the Broncos their second-straight DMR conference title. The Broncos clocked an 11:19.39 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, good for the second-fastest time in school history and the second-fastest time in Mountain West Championship history.

“To go back-to-back is great,” head coach Corey Ihmels said. “Lights out from that relay. You can go all the way down the line; Sadi ran tremendously to lead off, Amy was solid, Alexis had a great leg in the 800m and then Clare finished it off. All four of those young ladies have more eligibility left, so that’s exciting. Overall, it’s a good statement to start the meet.”

The Broncos now own the two fastest women’s DMR times in conference championship history with last year’s 11:16.41 standing as the fastest.

Sadi Henderson opened with the 1,200m leg and got the Blue and Orange off to a good start, handing the baton off to Amy Pfaff with the lead entering the 400m leg. Pfaff was briefly overtaken by New Mexico at the conclusion of the 400m leg, but her handoff to Alexis Fuller marked the turning point of the race for Boise State.

Fuller gradually put significant space between herself and New Mexico over the course of the 800m leg, giving the Broncos a healthy lead as Clare O’Brien received the baton with only 1,600m remaining. The freshman ran a fantastic anchor leg and solidified a convincing 10-second victory over the Lobos.

Fuller and Henderson were also members of last year’s team that won in a school record time.

“It’s exciting to see that with a different group of girls we were almost able to get the same time as last year,” Fuller explained. “It shows us how better we can do in the next couple years, even if the group keeps changing a little bit.”

“My expectations initially going into it weren’t as high because we don’t have Allie Ostrander this season, but it’s cool to see someone who is a freshman and a sophomore step up and help us pull it off,” Henderson added.

The 11:19.39 is also the fifth-fastest time in Mountain West history. For national ranking purposes, the time is altitude converted to an 11:09.10 because Albuquerque is at 5,312 feet, putting the Broncos at No. 16 in the country in the event. The top-12 teams in relays get in to the NCAA Championships, so it appears as if Boise State will just miss out on a spot.

“Having a middle distance presence is something we’ve made a point at getting better at,” Ihmels said. “We’re growing in that area and it showed in the relay. Coming to the championships and running relays, it builds that culture and gets the kids excited about running for each other. At the end of the day, that’s what is going to make us better as a group.”

The men took fifth place in the DMR with a time of 10:14.24. Tom Richardson (1,200m), Cameron Wrout (400m), Noah Horsburgh (800m) and Andrew Rafla (1,600m) comprised the team for the Broncos.

After day one, the women’s team is tied for second place with their 10 points earned thanks to the DMR win. The men are in fifth with four points.

Boise State will begin competition tomorrow on day two with the women’s weight throw at 12:30 p.m. (MT). The first Bronco track event (men’s mile) will go off at 1:30 p.m.

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