O'Brien and Henderson Win Titles
Feb. 25, 2017

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Boise State women snagged two individual titles on the final day of competition at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships as Sadi Henderson (800m) and Clare O’Brien (3,000m) both recorded Mountain West Championship record times in their respective events. Henderson clocked a 2:04.83 to win the 800m and O’Brien’s 9:24.75 in the 3K broke the conference championship record that was held by Bronco alumna Emma Bates (9:28.18 – 2014).

Henderson – going toe-to-toe – with New Mexico’s Sophie Connor, made a big move against the Lobo senior at about the 500-meter mark and was able to cruise to the win. The victory gave Boise State its second women’s 800m winner in a row, with Alexis Fuller winning last year in 2016.

“I knew it was going to go out fast,” Henderson said in explaining her race plan. “It was a perfect scenario for me because usually I lead the race, so I was happy I could just stay on her (Sophie Connor) shoulder. Pat told me to wait a little bit longer before overtaking her right at the 400m line, so when I finally did I knew I had to get out and go. It wasn’t make a move and sit, it was make a move and finish the race.”

Clare O’Brien used a similar decisive move against another Lobo senior – Calli Thackery – at roughly the midway point of the race and was fantastic throughout her record-setting performance.

“It was a pretty exciting race,” O’Brien said in reflecting on her performance. “There are a lot more opportunities here (United States) compared to back home (Australia) to get after it and run fast, so it was good to have the competition.”

As a team, the women (50 points) finished in seventh place and the men took sixth with 44 points.

The Bronco men were able to tally a pair of runner-up finishes when Dusty Fisher took second in the 200m with a time of 21.15 and Camden Stoddard tied his PR in the pole vault with a 16-4.75 (5.00m).

Bryce Kirby clocked a career-best time of his own in the 60m in taking fourth place with a 6.82. Fisher was sixth after crossing the line in 6.88.

The men’s 4x400m relay team of Kirby, Fisher, Alexandru Terpezan and Cameron Wrout challenged for a top-three finish, but came up just short and took fourth with a 3:14.31.

Yusuke Uchikoshi hung tough in the men’s mile and logged a fourth-place finish after recording a 4:12.30. Freshman Noah Horsburgh (1:54.18) earned a point for the men in the 800m after taking eighth. Amy Pfaff (2:10.70) picked up three points for the women by taking sixth in the 800m.

The most populated for the Broncos on both the men’s and women’s sides in the third and final day was the 3,000m. After O’Brien’s first-place finish Brenna Peloquin (9:47.41) was able to chip in a seventh-place performance and Anna McDonald posted a top-10 finish with a 9:54.64 for 10th. On the men’s side it was Rhys Park (8:24.58) leading the way with his eighth-place day.

Other highlights in the field events included several PRs from the Bronco shot putters. Baylee Dodd took 15th with a 39-11.50 (12.18m), and on the men’s side it was Drew Lindsley (46-10.25 / 14.28m) taking 11th and Kevin Ketterling (43-2.50 / 13.17m) finishing right behind him in 12th, all three of which threw for career bests.

Now O’Brien and Henderson will wait and see if their respective season-best times of 2:04.01 and 9:09.01 will earn them berths in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships set for March 10-11 in College Station, Texas. Henderson was No. 11 and O’Brien was No. 17 in their respective events at the beginning of the day The top-16 times from each individual event will punch earn spots at nationals.

 

BRONCO RESULTS | Itallics denotes a PR

Women
800m
| 1. Sadi Henderson – 2:04.83 and 6. Amy Pfaff – 2:10.70
3,000m | 1. Clare O’Brien – 9:24.75, 7. Brenna Peloquin – 9:47.41, 10. Anna McDonald – 9:54.64, 11. Gracie Tostenson – 9:54.75 and 27. Kyra Lopez – 10:17.84
4x400m Relay | 8. Pfaff, Hednerson, Dorsett and Fuller – 3:52.99
High Jump
| 16. Jordan Ward – 5-0.25 (1.53m)
Triple Jump | 12. Taj Dorsett – 36-09.75 (11.22m)
Shot Put | 15. Baylee Dodd – 39-11.50 (12.18m) and 16. Paige Inman – 38-05.50 (11.72m)

Men
60m
| 4. Bryce Kirby – 6.82 and 6. Dusty Fisher – 6.88
200m | 2. Dusty Fisher – 21.15 and 7. Alexandru Terpezan – 21.78
800m | 8. Noah Horsburgh – 1:54.18
Mile
| 4. Yusuke Uchikoshi – 4:12.30 and 10. Andrew Rafla – 4:23.93
3,000m | 8. Rhys Park – 8:24.58, 12. Miler Haller – 8:29.36, 15. Tom Richardson – 8:38.12, 16. Yusuke Uchikoshi – 8:38.77, 25. Chandler Austin – 8:47.07, 26. Jeff Lautenslager – 8:47.58, 27. Addison Dehaven – 8:47.90, 29. Ozo Rojas – 8:50.27, 31. Andrew Rafla – 8:55.55 and 32. Riley Campbell – 8:59.50
4x400m Relay | 4. Terpezan, Martinez, Wrout and Fisher – 3:14.31
Pole Vault | 2. Camden Stoddard – 16-4.75 (5.00m)
Shot Put | 11. Drew Lindsley – 46-10.25 (14.28m) and 12. Kevin Ketterling – 43-2.50 (13.17m)


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