Bronco Men Take Fifth at Conference
May 13, 2017
LOGAN, Utah - The Boise State men took fifth place with 92 points - the most points for a men's Bronco team at a Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championship since 2013 - while Sadi Henderson (women's 800m) and Bryce Kirby (men's 100m) both won individual titles, putting the finishing touches on what was a successful final day at the conference championships in Logan.
"We sat in a team meeting before the meet started and we thought that we could score 80 points, and we definitely did way better than that," head coach Corey Ihmels said on the men's team. "It was fun to watch the group come together and dig for every possible point. I thought from the 4x400m relay all the way to the beginning of the meet we did a good job of maximizing where we could score."
The Bronco women took sixth in the team standings thanks to 61 points.
The prohibitive favorite in the 800m, Henderson threw down a 2:04.18 to earn the Mountain West Championship meet record. She led the entire way and ended up finishing ahead of the second-place runner by almost 20 meters. Henderson finishes the 2017 season as both the indoor and outdoor 800m conference champion.
"Can't say enough about the season that Sadi has put together. She has gotten better every single meet. Coach Pat McCurry has done a fantastic job with her."
Kirby was arguably the biggest surprise of the day in upsetting several other more experienced sprinters to capture the 100m crown. The sophomore ran a blistering 10.31 that shocked the field and gave Boise State its first men's 100m conference champion since 2013 when Daveon Collins won.
"He's a great example of someone who obviously works really hard end exemplifies the idea that when you get to the conference meet, all bets are off and anything can happen,' Ihmels said in reference to Kirby. "He probably wasn't supposed to win that race, but he did, and now he is a conference champion and no one can ever take that away from him."
The men's sprinters buoyed the team once again with Alexandru Terpezan taking third in both the 100m (10.49) and 200m (20.86). Dusty Fisher was also exceptional, clocking a 20.57 for second in the 200m and a 46.41 in the 400m to earn third. The 20.57 puts Fisher in a tie as the second-fastest outdoor 200m runner in school history.
Fernando Martinez ran a season-best 50.09 to finish second in the 400m hurdles. The four sprinters - Kirby, Fisher, Terpezan and Martinez - came together at the end of the day and ran a 3:08.60 for third place in the 4x400m relay, good for a new school record.
Three other runner-up finishes highlighted the afternoon: Camden Stoddard (pole vault), Allie Ostrander (5,000m) and Alexis Fuller (1,500m). Ostrander ended the week accounting for 18 total points, Stoddard was the conference runner up in the pole vault in both the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons, and Fuller assisted in nine total points on the week.
Andrew Rafla (3:48.93 - fifth) and Addison Dehaven (3:50.19 - sixth) both picked up points in the 1,500m while Yusuke Uchikoshi led the way in the men's 5k with a sixth-place performance thanks to a 15:27.46.
"All of our coaches - Gavin O'Neal and Andrew Green with the sprints, Justin Graff and Mark Badowsky with the throws, and Travis Hartke and Steve Fuelling with the distance kids - have done a great job this spring with all of their groups."
The Broncos will now await and see what athletes qualified to the NCAA West Regional Championships (May 25-27) set to take place in Austin, Texas. The complete list will be finalized and released later next week.
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