Elliott and Peloquin Win 5K Titles
May 14, 2016
CLOVIS, Calif. – David Elliott and Brenna Peloquin both captured the 5,000-meter titles Saturday at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships, putting the exclamation point on a successful day at Veterans Memorial Stadium for Boise State. The two Broncos buoyed a strong 5,000-meter effort, as the men captured 17 points in the event and the women came away with 10.
The win gives Elliott four career conference championships between cross country and track and field, and Peloquin’s victory makes her the first freshman in conference history to win the 5,000m outdoor title.
Elliott pushed the pace for the first couple laps of his 5K, but eventually settled into the lead pack and ran a strategic race. The Puyallup, Wash., native found himself in a duel with Utah State’s Dillon Maggard, but the senior used a powerful last lap to work his way ahead of the sophomore to cross the line first.
“The 5K is an event he’s always wanted to win here at the conference meet,” head coach Corey Ihmels said on Elliott. “I thought he handled it well coming off short rest, he looked fantastic.”
Peloquin also ran a smart race, tucking in behind New Mexico’s Alice Wright for the majority of the race. The pair gradually made it a two-runner battle, but the Gig Harbor, Wash., native surged ahead in the last 1,000 meters to blow open the race and cruised to the 13-second victory.
“Brenna ran away from literally one of the top distance runners in the country and made it look pretty easy,” Ihmels said on Peloquin. “She was focused, and it’s exciting with her because hopefully we’re having this same conversation quite a bit in the next few years.”
The men’s 1,500-meter race saw Elliott take second thanks to a time of 3:51.24, John Rodeheffer (3:59.42) was 10th and Tom Richardson (4:05.79) finished in 12th. Tansey Lystad logged a top-five finish on the women’s side, taking fifth after crossing the line in 4:29.49.
The men’s 400m hurdles was a prosperous race for the Broncos, as Fernando Martinez was just nipped at the finish line to take second place with a time of 51.16. Rex Stanley (52.87) was seventh, giving the Blue and Orange 10 points in the event.
Dusty Fisher had a busy day on the track, competing in both the 200-meter and 400-meter finals. The sophomore ran a 47.78 to take third in the 400 meters and a 21.13 to place fourth in the 200 meters.
The indoor 800-meter conference champion – Alexis Fuller – was unable to repeat, but still logged an outdoor season-best time of 2:09.53 for fifth place.
Camden Stoddard fared well in the pole vault, making it to the podium thanks to a 15-9 (4.80m) performance that earned him a tie for third. The women’s high jump saw Jordan Ward also tie for third, clearing 5-8 (1.73m).
Bryce Kirby enjoyed the top finish for a freshman in the 100-meter dash, taking seventh place with a time of 10.58.
In the 110m hurdles it was Danny Verdieck (15.07) picking up a couple of points for the men’s team, securing a seventh-place finish.
Other top performers in the men’s 5,000m included Yusuke Uchikoshi (14:13.56) who finished in third, Elijah Armstrong (14:27.25) took eighth and Andrew Rafla (14:27.80) was ninth. On the women’s side it was Sarah Hastings (16:46.17) in ninth and Anna Holdiman (16:49.76) finishing in 10th.
As a team, the women took eighth with 39.5 points, and the men were fifth with 85.5 points.
“I thought we made progress, we’re getting better as a group,” Ihmels said. “We had some kids at home on the women’s side that would have been points on the table, but the men jumped up and made big improvement from indoors.”
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