Howard Claims MW Steeplechase Title
May 15, 2015
SAN DIEGO, Calif.--Back-to-back-to-back. Marisa Howard claimed her third-straight Mountain West 3000m steeplechase title on Friday afternoon at SDSU Sports Deck. Howard handedly won the race in 9:57.56, good for the second-fastest time in Mountain West Championship history.
Howard claimed an early lead in the race and never looked back. The senior from Pasco, Wash., ran a season-best time of 9:57.56, proving to be the only competitor to break ten minutes in the race. Howard recorded the first individual title for Boise State of the 2015 Mountain West Championships and added 10 points to the women's team score.
Also battling hard in the 3000m steeplechase were Emma Hyyppä and Kate Jette. Hyyppä placed 10th overall in 10:52.77 and Jette placed 13th in 11:09.26.
Mackenzie Flannigan took command in Friday's prelims, marking school records in the 100- and 200-meter races. She ran a blazing 11.53 in the women's 100 meter dash trials to easily grab the top seed for finals and setting her personal best.
An hour later, Flannigan had a similar performance in double the distance. The Chandler, Ariz., native claimed the top mark in the 200 meter prelims in 23.52, also for the school record. Flannigan will vie for the 100 and 200 meter titles in the finals on Saturday at 12:20 p.m. and 1:20 p.m., respectively.
Along with Howard, also scoring for the Broncos on Friday were Dan Oekerman, Michael Vennard and Allison Jeffries. Oekerman collected two points for the Blue and Orange in the men's 3000m steeplechase with his time of 9:08.49. Vennard made his debut in the 10,000m distance, running a time of 29:55.09 for fourth place and five points. Jeffries placed fifth in the pole vault clearing 13-3.75 for four points.
Emma Bates qualified for Saturday's finals in the 1500m. Bates claimed her heat in 4:34.67 and will seek to defend her title in the distance tomorrow at 11:20 a.m. Rici Morrill competed in the race, clocking a time of 4:48.11.
In the men's sprints, Alexandru Terpezan and Dusty Fisher qualified for the 100-meter finals. Both competitors set PRs as Terpezan ran a 10.55 and Fisher ran a 10.64. Terpezan and Fisher also qualified for the 200 meter finals. Terpezan qualified with a personal-best time of 20.96, while Fisher ran a 21.44 to secure a spot in Saturday's final.
Kyle Kelley earned a berth to Saturday's finals in the 400-meter dash. Kelley ran a 47.88 and will race at 12:10 p.m.
Danny Verdieck will race the 110 hurdles finals at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday. Verdieck ran a 15.38 in the prelims to earn a spot in the finals.
In the 10000m, Aaron Back raced to a time of 30:24.30.
In the women's hammer, Karyna Armstrong paced the Broncos with her 176-05 mark for ninth place. Britlie Silvester followed with a 165-11 for 10th place, while Courtney Hutchinson placed 18th with a throw of 135-00.
Juston Lindsley competed in two events on Friday including the discus and the hammer throw. Lindsley placed 10th in the men's hammer with a toss of 152-08, and recorded a mark of 118-08 in the discus.
The Broncos will return to action tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the women's high jump and 11:20 a.m. with the women's 1500 meter finals.
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