Hukka Takes Second in Steeplechase
May 13, 2016

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CLOVIS, Calif. Minttu Hukka took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to bolster the Broncos Friday night at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Clovis, Calif. Hukka’s 10:14.06 is the second-fastest time in school history, and will guarantee her a spot in the event at the NCAA West Regional.

Hukka led for the majority of the race, but Wyoming’s Audra DeStefano was able to pull ahead in the final 600 meters to claim the win. Anna Holdiman finished in eighth thanks to a 10:47.26, giving Boise State nine points in the event.

On the men’s side of the 3,000m steeplechase it was Yusuke Uchikoshi leading the way with a fourth-place finish after clocking a 9:11.87. Ozo Rojas (9:25.26) was 10th and Chandler Austin (9:33.40) was right behind in 11th.

Courtney Hutchinson was the field event performer of the day for the Blue and Orange, taking third place in the shot put after recording an outdoor career-best mark of 49-7 (15.11m). The mark ranks her No. 50 in the west region, putting her squarely in contention for a regional qualifying spot.

The Broncos had a slew of throwers competing in the hammer throw. On the women’s side it was Britlie Silvester earning eighth place thanks to a throw of 175-7 (53.53m) to earn a point. Karyna Armstrong (157-6 / 48.0m) was 15th, Mallory Nelson (144-9 / 44.12m) finished in 19th, Courtney Hutchinson (144-1 / 43.92m) was 20th and Morgan Van Kooten (118-2 / 36.02m) rounded things out in 23rd.

The men’s hammer throw saw Drew Lindsley take 10th with a throw of 156-4 (47.65m) and Juston Lindsley (145-5 / 44.32m) was 12th.

Much of the day on the track was spent vying for spots in tomorrow’s finals, and several Broncos earned qualifying times.

Dusty Fisher and Alexandru Terpezan opened the day’s action on the track by clocking 48.00 and 49.65 in the men’s 400-meters to finish in fourth and ninth place, respectively, earning spots in the final. Fisher went on to run a career-best 20.97 in the 200-meter to advance in his second event and take fourth. Terpezan was 11th, recording a 21.73.

Bryce Kirby impressed in the 100-meter dash, running a personal-best 10.54 to take sixth overall and qualify to the finals. He also ran in the 200 meters, crossing the line in 21.70 to take 10th and just miss out on a qualifying spot.

Alexis Fuller ran a steady race in the 800 meters, recording a 2:10.64 to finish in fourth and advance.

The final day of the championships will take place tomorrow, beginning at 3 p.m. (PT) for the women’s discus.

Italics denotes a PR | ** denotes a preliminary race

800m** |
4. Alexis Fuller – 2:10.64
3,000m Steeplechase | 2. Minttu Hukka – 10:14.06 and 8. Anna Holdiman – 10:47.26
Shot Put | 3. Courtney Hutchinson – 49-7 (15.11m) and T14. Morgan Van Kooten – 42-7 (12.98m)
Hammer Throw
| 8. Britlie Silvester – 175-7 (53.53m), 15. Karyna Armstrong – 157-6 (48.0m), 19. Mallory Nelson – 144-9 (44.12m), 20. Courtney Hutchinson – 144-1 (43.92m) and 23. Morgan Van Kooten – 118-2 (36.02m)

| 6. Bryce Kirby – 10.54
200m** | 4. Dusty Fisher – 20.97, 10. Bryce Kirby – 21.70 and 11. Alexandru Terpezan – 21.73
400m** | 4. Dusty Fisher – 48.00 and 9. Alexandru Terpezan – 49.65
3,000m Steeplechase | 4. Yusuke Uchikoshi – 9:11.87, 10. Ozo Rojas – 9:25.34 and 11. Chandler Austin – 9:33.40
Hammer Throw | 10. Juston Lindsley – 156-4 (47.65m) and 12. Drew Lindsley – 145-5 (44.32m)

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