Flannigan Doubles, Broncos Take Five MW Titles on Saturday
May 16, 2015
SAN DIEGO, Calif.,--The Boise State track & field program wrapped up the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the San Diego Sports Deck with five individual titles and 13 medals. Mackenzie Flannigan (100m and 200m) earned two Mountain West titles and recorded two school records on Saturday, and Marisa Howard brought her first-place medal count to two.
Flannigan ran a commanding 11.44, faster than the second-place finisher by a tenth of a second. Flannigan came into the championships with the second-fastest time in the conference and ended up with the top time after the preliminary round. Her time of 11.44 marks the school record, resetting her own mark from this year. In the 200-meter finals, Flannigan won the title in 23.31 and collected her second title of the afternoon. Flannigan's time bests her own previous school record, done in 2013.
Marisa Howard brought home two first-place medals as well. Adding to her 3,000m steeplechase title from Friday, Howard took the 5,000m crown in 16:08.10. Howard remained in a tight lead pack for the majority of the race, then took over first place and widened the gap with 200 meters to go. Her performance was the second fastest in Championship history. Tessa Murray recorded a podium finish with her fifth-place time of 16:25.4.
David Elliott was crowned the men's 1500m champion after a phenomenal performance in a loaded field. Elliott took the title after a blazing final lap to shake off three threatening competitors. He also medaled in the 5000m, placing second with a time of 13:58.86.
Jordin Andrade handedly claimed the 400-meter hurdles title for the Broncos. Andrade won in 50.39, beating the second-place finisher by nearly two seconds. Rex Stanley also medaled in the event, running a personal-best time of 53.31 for third place. Bret Scheve rounded out the Bronco competitors with his 53.76 performance.
Kyle Kelley earned a medal in the 400-meter dash. Kelley scored a personal best with his time of 47.45, collecting six points for Boise State.
Jordan Ward earned her second-straight silver medal in the women's high jump. Ward cleared 5-9.25 for her spot on the podium.
Austin Hamilton collected six points for third place in the javelin. Hamilton threw a 196-7 for his bronze performance.
Emma Bates totaled five points for the Bronco women, finishing fourth in the 1500m finals. Bates raced to a finish in 4:33.08.
Camden Stoddard (pole vault) and Lacie Rasley (shot put) each took a point with their eighth-place finishes. Stoddard cleared a personal-best height of 15-7.75 in the pole vault, while Rasley tossed a 46-9.5 in the shot put. Along with Rasley, Courtney Hutchinson competed in the shot put where she recorded a mark of 41-3.25
Danny Verdieck competed in the 110-meter hurdles final where he recorded a ninth-place finish in a time of 15.30.
The men's 4x400 relay wrapped up the championships with a second-place, medal-winning performance. The quartet of Kyle Kelley, Terpezan, Jordin Andrade and Fisher earned a silver medal in a time of 3:11.19.
In the distance events, Louis McAfee finished 11th in the 1500m. McAfee recorded a 3:59.42 in the event. Five additional Broncos competed along with Elliott in the men's 5000m. Dan Oekerman was the second-finishing Bronco with a personal-best time of 14:36.00 for ninth place. Michael Vennard finished shortly after in 14:42.35 for 12th place overall. Louis McAfee (16th, 14:51.76), Jeff Lautenslager (20th, 15:02.57, personal best) and Aaron Back (22nd, 15:03.33) rounded out the Boise State effort.
Both the Bronco men and women took sixth place at the Championships. The men finished with a total of 86 points, while the women grabbed 62 points.
Up next for the Broncos is the NCAA First Rounds, held May 28-30 in Austin, Texas. The top-48 competitors in the each region will qualify for the first rounds, and competitors will learn their fates after conference championships conclude across the nation.
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