Elliott Claws His Way to Eugene
May 28, 2016

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LAWRENCE, Kan. David Elliott used an all-out last 100 meters in the second heat of the men’s 1,500-meter run to take second place with a time of 3:46.46 at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round in Lawrence, Kan., at Rock Chalk Park. The second-place performance in the heat qualified him to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Ore., for the second-consecutive year.

The redshirt senior found himself in a precarious situation in the last 100 meters of what was a thrilling race. With four 1,500m heats and the top-two fastest times from each heat along with the next four-fastest overall times advancing to Eugene, the second heat’s slow, tactical pace forced Elliott to completely sell out for a top-two finish.

The Puyallup, Wash., native closed hard in the last 50 meters and used a big lean at the line to finish .007 seconds ahead of the third-place runner in what was a true photo finish. In the end, Elliott and Oregon’s Blake Haney both qualified out of the second heat with just the 23rd and 22nd-fastest times of the day.

Running on short rest from yesterday’s 10K, Brenna Peloquin gutted out another strong performance in today’s 5,000-meter run and took third in the first heat with a time of 16:09.14 for her second qualification to nationals.

The freshman showed her maturity again and ran a smart race that saw her eventually work her way to the front of the lead pack at the end of the race. She will be the only women’s freshman out of the west region to compete in the 5K at nationals.

Several other Boise State athletes picked up valuable experience in their first regional championships. Jeff Lautenslager also competed in the men’s 1,500m, taking 26th after clocking a 3:47.24.

Dusty Fisher was 24th in the 200-meter dash (21.09) and Courtney Hutchinson finished 37th in the shot put thanks to a mark of 48-0.5 (14.64m).

The 5,000m featured three other Broncos between the men’s and women’s races. Gracie Tostenson (17:32.25) was 39th and Tansey Lystad (17:56.10) finished in 42nd in the women’s race, and Andrew Rafla (15:37.24) was 43rd in the men’s 5K.

Elliott, Peloquin and Minttu Hukka will now shift their focus to nationals in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field from June 8-11. For more information on the national championships, click HERE.


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