Howard Breaks School Record, Bozarth Wraps Up at NCAA Championships
Bozarth eanred a honorable mention All-American honor

June 11, 2014

Day One Results

Eugene, Ore.
Hayli Bozarth earned an honorable mention All-American nod and concluded her career as a Bronco with a 22nd-place finish in the hammer throw on Wednesday at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Marisa Howard qualified herself into Friday’s final of the 3,000m steeplechase by placing fourth in her heat and also fourth overall.

 Bozarth threw a 183-2 (55.82m) on the second throw of her series. She stepped out of the ring at the release point on her first and third throws, resulting in two fouls.

Bozarth represented the Mountain West along with Fresno State’s Meagan McKee (18th place). Her and McKee are the first athletes to represent the MW at nationals in the women’s hammer throw since 2012. In addition, Bozarth’s trip to nationals marked the first time since 2007 that Boise State’s women’s team qualified a hammer throw competitor into the NCAA Championships.

In just one year at Boise State, Bozarth snagged both the shot put and hammer throw school records. She joins Emma Bates, Mackenzie Flannigan and Eleni Kafourou as the only four women in Boise State track and field history to currently hold at least two outdoor school records in multiple events.

Howard competed in the second-to-last race of the day and ran a patient race that not only assured her a spot in the final on Friday, but also broke her into the MW all-time record book. Her 9:58.45 is the fifth-fastest women’s 3,000m steeplechase time in MW all-time history. The time also gives her a new career best and resets the school record that she previously held.

The redshirt junior from Pasco, Wash., waited until the final lap to make her decisive move. She spent most of the race shifting around the secondary pack in-between fourth and eighth place until the final lap came. Howard used a strong burst to separate herself from the secondary pack and almost managed to crack the top-three when she crossed the finish line.

Her time marks the first sub-ten minute women’s 3,000m steeplechase time in school history.Howard will run in the finals on Friday at 5:35 p.m. (PT).

Emma Bates is the lone Bronco to compete tomorrow. She will run in the last race of the day, the 10,000m, at 7:15 p.m. (PT). Watch her live here, or track her progress with live results here.

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