Broncos Earn Five Titles in Blue and Orange Opener

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field teams began their 2012 portion of the season on Saturday (Jan. 14) hosting the Blue and Orange Opener. The Broncos welcomed big teams such as Oregon, BYU, UTEP and Nevada into the Jacksons Indoor Track for a solid day of competition.

With tough competition at home, the Broncos were able to earn five individual titles on the day, three for the women and two for the men.

Mele Vaisima earned a win in the weight throw with a near personal-best mark of 64'-5", while also placing third in the shot put with a mark of 43'-3". Mackenzie Flannigan earned the 300-meter dash title in a time of 39.8, while freshman Megan Kelley earned her first collegiate win in the 400-meter dash with a 58.07 time.

The Bronco men were led by Trevor Kraychir and Kurt Felix who earned titles in the weight throw and high jump, respectively. Kraychir threw for a 64'-11.5" mark, while Felix cleared 6'-10.25". Felix also earned a new career-best mark of 14'-1.25" in the pole vault Saturday.

Kelley and Flannigan joined with Taryn Campos and Emily Field to make up the fifth-place 4x400-meter relay team that ran a time of 3:57.87. Campos also participated in the open 400-meter dash alongside Kelley, placing second (58.31), while sophomore Steffanie Jordan also raced in the quarter-mile, placing sixth in a time of 1:00.04. Also in the women's sprints, Tajanee Simmons earned a third-place finish in the 300-meter dash (42.10).

Joining Vaisima in the weight throw, Kady Stafford collected a third-place finish with a mark of 48'-4".

In the jumps, Racquel Jones earned the runner-up title in the long jump with a mark of 18'-5". Freshman Debra Johnson also earned a top-six mark in the long jump, placing sixth (17-4.75), as well as earning a third-place spot in the triple jump (37-1.25). Sophomore Kimberly Miller also earned a top-six spot in the triple jump, placing fifth with a mark of 36'-5.75". In the pole vault, Danielle Valentine collected a third-place spot after clearing 12'-1.5".

In the women's middle and long distances, Emily Funkhouser led the way for the Broncos with a fourth-place finish in the 600-meters (1:40.90). Paige Orcutt placed just behind in fifth with a time of 1:40.93, while freshman Megan Opatz was sixth in a time of 1:42.56. In the 3000-meters, Shea Hanson slid into the top-six with a fifth-place finish (10:30.00).

The Bronco men had a solid sprint crew Saturday, capturing seven top-six marks. Eric Capelle earned a fifth-place finish in the 60-meters (6.98) with Justin Malnes picking up the second-place spot in the 60-meter hurdles (8.12). Bret Scheve earned a sixth-place finish in the 200-meters (22.34), while Karrie Butler (49.38), Jeff Daw (49.45) and Paul Robertson (49.77) swept the second-through-fourth-place spots in the 400-meters. Scheve, Butler, Daw and Robertson joined to make the third-place 4x400-meter relay team, running a time of 3:15.41.

Collecting top-six marks in the middle distances, Nick Tatro collected a fifth-place finish in the 800-meters (1:56.9), while Jeff Howard (4:17.21) placed fourth in the Mile.

In the field events, Chase Sexton added a second-place finish in the shot put to the Broncos' plate, throwing 55'-3.5". Newcomer Kenny Roseman jumped 21'-3.25" to add a fifth-place finish for the Broncos.

The Broncos continue their season next week with the Bronco Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

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