Broncos Successful at Blue and Orange Opener

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field team had a very successful Saturday (Jan. 15) hosting the 2011 Blue and Orange Opener at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. The Broncos racked up 12 event wins in the meet against Arizona and the Bronco Track Club. In addition 39 Boise State career-bests and 21 season bests were set in the 26-event meet.

Junior Racquel Jones led the Broncos with two wins, capturing the 60-meter dash and long jump titles. She recorded season-bests in both, clocking a time of 7.86-seconds and jumping 18-7.75, respectively.

Junior Trevor Kraychir had a career day in the men's weight throw, winning the event with a toss of 65-7.75, bettering his previous best by 8.5 inches. Alex Nelson placed second in the event with a mark of 57-1, a season-best.

The men's 4x400-meter relay "A" team, made up of Rolando Trammel (So.), Manoah Wesson (Fr.), Paul Robertson (So.) and Jeff Daw (So.), also had a record book type of day clocking a time of 3:15.64, good for the third-fastest time in school history in the indoor 4x400-meter relay.

In the women's field events, the Broncos earned four wins. Jones captured the long jump title, while freshman Kimberly Miller earned the triple jump title (34-11.50). Mele Vaisima won the weight throw with a season-best mark of 57-5.75 and Danielle Valentine was the women's pole vault champion with a jump of 11-11.75. Freshman Alexi Morton was the only Bronco to earn a runner-up title in a field event, clearing a personal-best of 5-3 in the high jump.

Joining Kraychir as a field event winner, junior Eetu Viitala captured the men's long jump title with a jump of 24-8.25. Junior Kurt Felix finished in second in the long jump with a season-best mark of 23-7.50. Sophomore Chase Sexton also earned a runner-up title for the Broncos in the field, placing second in the shot put (52-6.75).

On the track the men captured four event titles, including the 4x400-meter relay. In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Justin Malnes won his race with a personal-best time of 8.29-seconds. Fellow freshman Karrie Butler won the men's 400-meter title with a career-best of 48.96-seconds. Sophomore Austin Edwards recorded an indoor personal-best time of 1:56.25 to win the 800-meter run, while junior Brian Pierre ran a season-best (4:20.31) to win the men's Mile.

A handful of Bronco men also earned runner-up titles, with Wesson adding second-place finishes in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes to his 4x400-meter relay win. Wesson clocked personal-bests of 6.96-seconds and 21.60-seconds, respectively, in his two individual events. Sophomore Ethan Slight earned a second-place finish in the 800-meter run, clocking a personal-best of 1:57.47. The Boise State "B" team earned a runner-up title in the 4x400-meter relay as well with Butler, Anthony Belcher, Eric Capelle and Dusty Klein running a 3:22.96.

For the women, Jones was the only event winner on the track; however two Broncos earned second-place finishes in their respective events. Freshman Mackenzie Flannigan finished just behind Jones in the 60-meter dash, clocking a personal-best of 7.92-seconds. Fellow freshman Emma Bates earned a personal-best time of 5:12.54 when she placed second in the women's Mile.

Although the Wildcats were ranked much higher than the Broncos coming into the meet, Boise State faired well with both teams each winning 12 events (two events were won by unattached athletes).  Boise State's men entered the week ranked No. 100 in the nation, while the women were ranked No. 128. Arizona's women's team entered the week ranked No. 14 in the nation, while their men boasted a No. 28 spot.

The Wildcats were able to record the Blue and Orange Opener's only two NCAA automatic qualifying marks of the day. Brigetta Barrett cleared a height of 6-1.25 to qualify in the women's high jump while her teammate, Nick Ross, earned a qualifying mark in the men's high jump after clearing 7-4.25.

Boise State will host their next meet, the Bronco Invitational, on Sat., Jan. 22. The meet is currently slated for a 9 a.m. (Mountain) start at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

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