Broncos Win Seven Events at Bronco Invitational

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field teams had another great showing on Saturday (Jan. 22) producing solid marks at the 2011 Bronco Invitational at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. The Broncos earned seven event wins, 33 career-best marks, 15 season-best marks and six indoor career-best marks in the meet which included eight collegiate teams and two track clubs.

Three Broncos and one relay have remained undefeated in their respective events after three meets this season. Redshirt junior Mele Vaisima captured the women's weight throw title with her season-best mark of 61-4.25 (18.70m) for her third-straight win, finishing only nine-inches off her career-best mark. Junior Eetu Viitala won the men's long jump with a lifetime best mark of 25-4 (7.72m) for his third consecutive win. He bettered his career mark by nearly eight-inches and was only .75-inches away from the third spot on the Boise State all-time top-three indoor long jump list. Earning his third-straight weight throw title, junior Trevor Kraychir produced a near career-best mark of 64-7 (19.68m) to win the event. Jeff Daw, Karrie Butler, Rolando Trammel and Paul Robertson grouped to win the men's 4x400-meter relay. The team ran their second-best time of the season (3:15.77) to win their third straight meet.

The trio and relay led the Broncos remaining undefeated; however three other events were won by their teammates. Redshirt sophomore Chase Sexton earned a win in the shot put with a season-best mark of 53-8.50 (16.37m). Junior Brian Pierre won the Mile after running a near career-best 4:15.25 time while sophomore Jeff Daw added to his relay win with a title in the 400-meter title. He ran a career-best mark of 48.01.

As mentioned many career-bests were made, while the Broncos were also able to place many in the top-three of the events.

Joining Vaisima in the weight throw, Alyssa Osai launched a career-best mark of 54-10.75 (16.73m) to place second, while Nadine Russell also had a career-best throw of 53-4.25 (16.26m) to place third and earn a Bronco sweep. Alex Nelson joined Kraychir to top the men's weight throw, earning a season-best mark of 59-10.25 (18.24m) to place second.

In the men's 400-meters, Daw led the most dominant Bronco sweep of the day with Manoah Wesson joining in by placing second with a career-best (48.17), Karrie Butler placing third with a career-best (48.82) and Paul Robertson placing fourth with a season best mark (49.23).

Fellow sprinter Eric Capelle was successful in the 60-meter dash clocking a season-best time of 6.96 to place second. In the short hurdles, freshman Justin Malnes also had a career day, recording a lifetime best of 8.27 in the 60-meter hurdles to finish as runner-up. On the women's side of the sprints, sophomore Destiny Gammage had the best finish for the Broncos, clocking a season-best 25.01 to place second in the 200-meters. Earning the highest finish by a Bronco jumper, senior BreAnna Craig placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 12-5.50 (3.80m).

On the men's side of the pole vault, senior Daniel Thompson had an outstanding day, improving his career-best mark by nearly three-inches to clear 15-11 (4.85m) and place third. Also earning third-place finishes for the Broncos were Mathew Moyer who had a career-best time of 1:55.01 in the 800-meters, as well as Rolando Trammel who clocked an indoor career-best of 22.21 in the 200-meters. Junior Racquel Jones also earned a third-place finish after jumping 18-2.25 (5.54m) in the women's long jump.

The Broncos continue to improve under head coach J.W. Hardy and his staff and look to progress with another competitive meet next weekend. Boise State plays host to the Jacksons Invitational/New Balance West meet on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Jacksons Indoor Track. The meet will not only include exciting collegiate competitions, but talented high school contests as well.  The meet is slated for an 11:30 a.m. (Mountain) start on Friday (Jan. 28) as well as a 9 a.m. start on Saturday (Jan. 29).


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