Boise State Earns Seven Wins at Bronco Invite

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field teams had another successful showing Saturday (Jan. 21) picking up seven events wins at the Bronco Invitational held at the Jacksons Indoor Track. The Broncos earned titles in the men's and women's weight throw, the men's 400-meters and 4x400-meter relay, and the women's 800-meters, 3000-meters and high jump.

Throwers Mele Vaisima and Trevor Kraychir each picked up their third-straight title in as many meets, each winning the weight throw. Vaisima earned a mark of 63'-5.0", while Kraychir threw a 65'-2.25" mark.

Manoah Wesson earned the men's 400-meter title, running a 48.70-second race, while also helping his 4x400-meter team (Karrie Butler, Jeff Daw, Rolando Trammel) win a title in a time of 3:16.07.

Rici Morrill picked up a win in the 800-meters, running a time of 2:15.39. Emma Bates won the 3000-meters in a time of 10:12.44, while Alexi Morton cleared 5'-5" to win the high jump.

Joining Wesson in the 400-meters was Trammel, who placed second (48.73), Paul Robertson, who earned a fourth-place finish (49.09) and Bret Scheve, who placed seventh (50.36). Robertson also ran to an eighth-place finish in the 200-meters (22.26), while Eric Capelle finished just ahead in seventh (22.23). Capelle led the Broncos in the 60-meters with a time of 6.89-seconds, while Edidiong Essien placed eighth in the event (7.05). In the 60-meter hurdles Trammel placed second in a time of 8.06-seconds.

In the men's middle distances three Broncos set indoor personal best times in the 800-meters. Michael Walrath earned a second-place finish in the half-mile, clocking an indoor best of 1:52.92, while Dusty Klein placed fourth with an indoor best of 1:53.36. Mathew Moyer placed fifth with an indoor best of 1:54.97, while Andy Robertson placed eighth with a 1:57.67.

Drew O'donoghue-McDonald led the men in the Mile, clocking a personal best time of 4:14.92 to place second. Allan Schroeder also picked up a career best time in the event, crossing the finish in 4:16.60. Sawyer Bosch placed fifth (4:19.09), while Vince Hamilton placed sixth (4:19.54) and Aaron Back placed seventh in a career best time of 4:20.09.

In the field events Chase Sexton earned a third-place finish in the shot put (54'-2.75") while Nathan Balcirak tied for sixth in the pole vault (14'-1.25").

On the women's side in the sprints, Racquel Jones placed third in the 60-meters, running a time of 7.77-seconds. Destiny Gammage placed fifth in the event with a career best time of 7.80-seconds. In the 200-meters Mackenzie Flannigan picked up an eighth-place finish (24.85), while Emily Field (59.35) and Steffanie Jordan (1:00.10) placed fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 400-meters.

In the women's Mile Tessa Murray had a successful day, running to a third-place finish with a time of 5:13.13. Kate Jette placed sixth (5:18.56), while Carly Gerard (5:22.35) and Anna Preciado (5:22.41) placed seventh and eighth, respectively.  Erin McLaughlin joined Bates as a top-eight finisher in the 3000-meters, placing fourth in a time of 10:31.47.

Overall, the Broncos earned 35 individual top-eight finishes on the day, as well as one top-three relay finish.

The Broncos return to action for a big meet coming up Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28. The Jacksons Invitational will be run in conjunction with the New Balance West high school meet at the Jacksons Indoor Track both days.

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