Peloquin and Hukka Qualify at Regionals
May 27, 2016

Friday's Results | Revised Schedule

LAWRENCE, Kan. --
Brenna Peloquin (10,000m) and Minttu Hukka (3,000m steeplechase) both punched their tickets to nationals after qualifying in their respective events Friday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round in Lawrence, Kan., at Rock Chalk Park. The duo will move on and compete at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field from June 8-11.

Peloquin took seventh in the 10,000-meter run thanks to a time of 34:25.45. The Gig Harbor, Wash., native ran a smart race, choosing to hang back in the chase pack when three runners pulled away from the group at the midway point. Only needing a top-12 finish to advance, Peloquin stayed back and conserved energy, comfortably crossing the finish line well within the qualifying zone.

She will become the third Boise State women's runner in school history to compete in the 10,000-meter run at nationals. She also will be the second Bronco freshman to race in the 10K, joining Abby Peters, who took seventh place and earned All-America status in 2000. In addition, Peloquin will be the only women's freshman competing in the 10K field at nationals this year.

Most recently Emma Bates competed in the 10,000 meters at nationals in each of the past three years, winning the title in 2014 thanks to a time of 32:32.35, finishing just ahead of UAB's Elinor Kirk (32:32.99). In 2013 she took third, and last year she finished in 10th place.

Hukka -- who is also a freshman in regards to outdoor eligibility -- qualified for nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after crossing the line in a season-best 10:13.48. With the top three times from each of the three heats automatically advancing, her third-place performance in the first heat (11th overall) instantly punched her ticket.

The Finland native will become the first women's freshman in school history to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at nationals. She will be the second Boise State women's athlete to run in the event, joining Marisa Howard who ran in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Howard was second in 2014 with a 9:43.82, fourth last year after running a career-best 9:37.84 and 19th as a sophomore in 2013.

On the men's side Fernando Martinez competed in the 400-meter hurdles. The junior clocked a 52.19 for 21st place, coming up short of a qualifying spot.

The remaining seven Broncos will compete tomorrow throughout the day, pending any additional weather delays. For a revised schedule, click HERE.

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