Broncos Place Third, Fourth at MW Indoor Track and Field Championships

NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State men's and women's track and field programs walked away with third and fourth-place finishes, respectively, from the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships held Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 21-23) at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa.

The Bronco men collected 141-points, four event titles and 11 all-conference honors over three days to finish just four-points shy of second, earned by Air Force. The Bronco women earned 77.33-points while collecting one event title, seven all-conference honors and three school records.

Emma Bates set the first school record of the day after placing second in the Mile with a time of 4:42.49. She went on to capture a win in the 3000-meters later in the day, earning 18-points to lead the women's team. Lauran Lucas joined her by earning two points after placing seventh in the Mile (5:00.28).

Mackenzie Flannigan had a hand in two school records after clocking a time of 24.07-seconds to place second in the 200-meters, as well as joining Yvonne Bennett, Chelsey Washington and Taryn Campos for a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (3:44.36). Flannigan also earned a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.61). Campos clocked a time of 24.59-seconds to place seventh in the 200-meters, while also crossing the 400-meter finish in third (55.87). Cyntrail Pierce rounded out the sprint points, placing eighth in the 400-meters. Rici Morrill clocked a time of 2:12.71 to place fifth in the 800-meters.

In the women's field events Lacie Rasley picked up her first conference points placing sixth in the shot put with a career-best throw of 47-11.75 (14.62m). Lauran Johnson earned added one point to the Broncos' team total after jumping a lifetime best of 38-10.50 (11.85m) in the triple jump to place eighth.

Boise State's men's 4x400-meter relay capped the day's titles with Jordin Andrade, Rolando Trammel, Daveon Collins and Jeff Daw combing for a time of 3:13.92.

The relay medal added to Collins' collection on Saturday after running away with titles in the 60-meters and 200-meters. Collins clocked personal record times in both events, including 6.79-seconds in the 60-meters, as well as the second-fastest time in school history of 21.03-seconds in the 200-meters.

The 4x400 gold marked Andrade's second gold of the meet after he earned his first title of the meet by clocking the second-fastest 400-meter time in school history (48.20). Daw joined him to make a top-two sweep for the Broncos, clocking 48.49-seconds to place second. Bret Scheve added a fourth-place finish (48.74) and Paul Robertson a seventh-place finish (49.27), helping the Broncos earn 25 team points in the 400-meter dash. Robertson also earned a seventh-place finish in the 200-meters (22.22), while Manoah Wesson added a sixth-place finish (21.93).

Trammel earned his only gold of the meet as a part of the men's 4x400-meter relay, but came out as the team's high-point scorer with 22.5-points over two days. Trammel garnered a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (7.92), a second-place finish in the triple jump (48-8.75) and a seventh-place finish in the high jump (6-5) to add to his fifth-place finish in the long jump on Friday.

Roderick Townsend finished the meet with 12-points for the Broncos after a third-place finish in the heptathlon on Friday and a third-place finish in the high jump (6-8.75) on Saturday.

Chase Sexton added the final all-conference honor for the Broncos after a second-place finish in the shot put. The senior threw 60-8.75 for the runner-up title, while teammate Will Lohman placed fourth with a mark of 57-3.

The Bronco distance crew wrapped up a fourth-place finish by Aaron Back in the 3000-meters (8:21.51), while Drew O'donoghue-McDonald collected a fourth-place spot in the Mile (4:11.91) and Jeff Howard a seventh-place finish (4:12.91). Andy Robertson ran a 1:55.16 to place sixth in the 800-meters, while Bryce Bergevin was close behind in 1:55.93 to place seventh.

Broncos Justin Malnes (8.62) and Luke Schafer (15-11) collected eighth-place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles and pole vault, respectively, to wrap up the scoring Broncos on the men's side.

San Diego State's Shanieka Thomas earned the MW Women's Outstanding Performer award, leading her Aztecs to the women's team title after totaling 123-points. New Mexico picked up the second-place spot (103 points), while Nevada (86) and Boise State (77.33) place third and fourth. UNLV earned 66-points to place fifth, Air Force earned 59.33-points for sixth and Colorado State had 57.33-points to place seventh. Wyoming (53) and Fresno State (38) rounded out the team scores.

New Mexico won the men's title handily, earning 185-points. Air Force came in second (145), while Boise State (141) and Colorado State (102) came in third and fourth. Wyoming rounded out the men's team scores with 72-points. Mason Finley of Wyoming earned the MW Men's Outstanding Performer honor after winning the shot put and placing second in the weight throw.

Final Team Scores (Women):
1. San Diego State 123, 2. New Mexico 103, 3. Nevada 86, 4. Boise State 77.33, 5. UNLV 66, 6. Air Force 59.33, 7. Colorado State 57.33, 8. Wyoming 53, 9. Fresno State 38.

Final Team Scores (Men):
1. New Mexico - 185; 2. Air Force - 145; 3. Boise State - 141; 4. Colorado State - 102; 5. Wyoming - 72.

2013 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships Award Winners:
Men's Coach of the Year: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
Women's Coach of the Year: Sheila Burrell, San Diego State
Men's Outstanding Performer: Mason Finley, Wyoming
Women's Outstanding Performer: Shanieka Thomas, San Diego State

Bronco Conference Champions
Emma Bates, 3000m

Jordin Andrade, 400m
Daveon Collins, 60m and 200m
Men's 4x400m Relay - Jordin Andrade, Rolando Trammel, Daveon Collins, Jeff Daw

All-Conference Honorees (Event Place)

Emma Bates, Mile (2nd) and 3000m (1st)
Taryn Campos, 400m (3rd)
Mackenzie Flannigan, 200m (2nd)
Heather Pilcher, Long Jump (2nd)
Marisa VanderMalle, 5000m (2nd)
4x400m Relay - Yvonne Bennett, Mackenzie Flannigan, Chelsey Washington, Taryn Campos (3rd)

Jordin Andrade, 400m (1st)
Daveon Collins, 60m (1st) and 200m (1st)
Jeff Daw, 400m (2nd)
Chase Sexton, Shot Put (2nd)
Roderick Townsend, Heptathlon (3rd) and High Jump (3rd)
Rolando Trammel, 60m Hurdles (2nd) and Triple Jump (2nd)
4x400m Relay - Jordin Andrade, Rolando Trammel, Daveon Collins, Jeff Daw (1st)
Men's Distance Medley Relay - Wyatt Diderickson, Tyler June, Tyler Rackleff, Zach Wiles (3rd)

Scoring Broncos (Total Points Earned)
18 - Emma Bates, 3000m (10) and Mile (8)
12.5 - Mackenzie Flannigan, 200m (8), 60m (3) and 4x400m (1.5)
9.5 - Taryn Campos, 400m (6), 200m (2) and 4x400m (1.5)
8 - Heather Pilcher, Long Jump (8)
8 - Marisa VanderMalle, 5000m (8)
4 - Rici Morrill, 800m (4)
3 - Lacie Rasley, Shot Put (3)
2.5 - Chelsey Washington, 4x400m (1.5) and Distance Medley Relay (1)
2 - Lauren Lucas, Mile (2)
1.5 - Yvonne Bennett, 4x400m (1.5)
1.33 - Lauran Johnson, High Jump (.33) and Triple Jump (1)
1 - Emily Funkhouser, Distance Medley Relay (1)
1 - Jamie Knapp, Distance Medley Relay (1)
1 - Kimberly Miller, Long Jump (1)
1 - Marissa Opatz, Distance Medley Relay (1)
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