Uchikoshi Wins, Men's Sprinters Excel
May 12, 2017

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LOGAN, Utah - Yusuke Uchikoshi (9:13.72) unleashed a monster kick in the last 100 meters to win the men's 3,000m steeplechase title Friday evening at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Uchikoshi tracked down New Mexico's Graham Thomas in the homestretch, securing the first men's individual title of the week for the Broncos.

"I'm pretty happy about it," Uchikoshi commented on his conference title. "I was definitely trying to get the win today and I'm glad. I think winning in cross country helped me build confidence and improve both my running skill and toughness."

Uchikoshi - the 2016 Mountain West Men's Cross Country Champion - is the first Boise State runner to win the men's steeplechase title since joining the Mountain West in 2011.

"Outstanding job by Yusuke," head coach Corey Ihmels said. "He followed the race plan and executed at the end. Good to get another champion on the board, and it's good to see him continue to have success at the Mountain West level."

The men's sprinters were another major storyline, as Dusty Fisher (20.68) and Alexandru Terpezan (10.38) became the third-fastest sprinters in school history in the 200m and 100m, respectively. Terpezan and Bryce Kirby (10.55) both qualified to tomorrow's 100m final, Fisher and Terpezan (20.92) earned qualifiers in the 200m and Fisher (47.02) also ran the fastest 400m time of the preliminaries, cementing his spot in the final.

"It was really great coming in here and running so well," Terpezan said in reference to the sprinters' performance on Friday. "Our last two weeks of practice have been really good, so everyone was kind of expecting something good to happen at this meet. We saw that the conditions were nice, the wind was helping us a bit - but still under the legal limit. Now we're just looking ahead to tomorrow and hopefully able to get the win in the 100m, 200m and 400m races."

Terpezan's 10.38 should qualify him to the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in the 100m, and Fisher's 20.68 now gives him a regional mark in both the 200m and 400m races.

 "The men's sprinters looked fantastic all day long," Ihmels said. "They were flawless, and not only were they flawless, but they looked really good doing it. I'm excited for that group because they've worked really hard. Coach Gavin O'Neal and Coach Andrew Green have worked extremely hard, as well. It's exciting because I think they can step on the track tomorrow and be even better."

Drew Lindsley had arguably the busiest day of any Bronco, taking seventh in the hammer throw with a career-best 164-10 (50.24m) and eighth (161-6 / 49.24m) in the discus. The two performances gave the Bronco men three points to bring the team total to 20.

"Drew has been steady all year long and has continued to get better and better," Ihmels said on Lindsley. "He's had such an awesome attitude all year and it continues to show day in and day out. I think the throws' group will continue to look to him as one of their leaders. He just comes to the meet and goes to work."

Other field highlights included Allison Jeffries' fourth-place day in the pole vault thanks to a 12-9 (3.89m) and Kendra Noneman's (162-7 / 49.56m) 11th-place performance in the hammer throw.

Ozo Rojas (9:32.72) took seventh in the men's steeplechase for two points and Kyra Lopez (10:56.85) and Anna McDonald (10:57.45) were sixth and seventh, respectively, on the women's side to earn five combined points. The women's team currently has 22 points and sits in sixth place in the team standings.

Sadi Henderson (2:11.11) and Amy Pfaff (2:11.55) both secured spots in tomorrow's 800m final, as did Fernando Martinez in the 400m hurdles thanks to a season-best 51.38 - the fastest time of the day.

The majority of the finals will be contested tomorrow with the women's shot put set to kick things off at 2:30 p.m.

Bronco Results
Women
Hammer Throw -
11. Kendra Noneman - 162-7 (49.56m)
Discus - 20. Paige Inman - 126-3 (38.49m)
Pole Vault - 4. Allison Jeffries - 12-9 (3.89m) and 13. Amber Mallet - 11-1.50 (3.39m)
800m (P) - 2. Sadi Henderson - 2:11.11*, 7. Amy Pfaff - 2:11.55*, 9. Alexis Fuller - 2:14.02 and 16. Ali Deitsch - 2:23.77
3,000m Steeplechase - 6. Kyra Lopez - 10:56.85 and 7. Anna McDonald - 10:57.45

Men
Hammer Throw
- 7. Drew Lindsley - 164-10 (50.24m) and 9. Kevin Ketterling - 153-9 (46.86m)
Discus - 8. Drew Lindsley - 161-6 (49.24m)
100m (P) - 1. Alexandru Terpezan - 10.38* and 3. Bryce Kirby - 10.55*
200m (P) - 2. Dusty Fisher - 20.68*, 4. Alexandru Terpezan - 20.92* and 13. Bryce Kirby - 21.94
400m (P) -
1. Dusty Fisher - 47.02* and 9. Cameron Wrout - 50.28
400m Hurdles (P) - 1. Fernando Martinez - 51.38*
800m (P) - 9. Noah Horsburgh - 1:55.52
3,000m Steeplechase - 1. Yusuke Uchikoshi - 9:13.72 and 7. Ozo Rojas - 9:32.72




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