Broncos Earn Four Wins on Jacksons Invite Day One

NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State track and field teams hosted their first day of the Jacksons Invitational on Friday (Jan. 27), picking up four event wins on the day. Nearly 700 athletes are competing in the meet, run in conjunction with the New Balance West high school meet at Jacksons Indoor Track, Jan. 27 and 28.

Bronco senior Trevor Kraychir earned his fourth-straight win in as many meets in the weight throw on Friday with a mark of 63'-7". Junior Jeff Howard also earned a win for the men, racing to a career-best time of 8:19.16 in the 3000-meters.

For the women, Mele Vaisima earned her fourth-straight win in as many meets as well, remaining undefeated in the weight throw. She won Friday's event with a mark of 64'-6 ¾", just ¼" shy of her personal record. The women's distance medley relays picked up the final win of the night, clocking a time of 12:31.70.

Joining Kraychir in the top-six places was Will Lohman who placed fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 54'-4 ¾". Howard was joined in a near top-six sweep of the 3000-meters by Sawyer Bosch (2 nd; 8:19.89 personal best), Vince Hamilton (4th; 8:26.45 pb), Allan Schroeder (5th; 8:31.52 pb) and Drew O'donoghue-McDonald (6th; 8:42.99).

Kate Jette, Jamie Knapp, Anna Preciado and Shea Hanson won the distance medley relay clocking a time of 12:31.70. Jette also raced in the 3000-meters, placing third (10:12.79), while Tessa Murray placed second (10:12.33), each running career-best times.

Early in the day, Alexi Morton picked up a second-place finish in the pentathlon, completing the five-event competition with 3,514-points. En route to her runner-up title, she earned one event win and was second in three others. She won the pentathlon long jump with a mark of 17'-9 ¾", while placing second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.10), second in the high jump (5'-3 ¾") and second in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 35'-8 ½". She also placed fifth in the 800-meters with an indoor best of 2:37.75.

In the men's heptathlon, Kurt Felix and Anthony Belcher sit in second and seventh, respectively after their first of two days. Felix totaled 2,843-points in his first four events, winning the high jump on day one (6'-8"). He also earned a third-place finish in the 60-meters (7.15), was third in the shot put (39'-5 ¾") and was fifth in the long jump.  Belcher totaled 2,291-points on day one with a fifth-place finish in the 60-meters (7.27), seventh-place finishes in the long jump (19'0 ¼") and high jump (5'-7"), and a 10 th-place finish in the shot put.

In the open long jump, Rolando Trammel earned a second-place finish with a mark of 22'-7 ¾". Teammate Edidiong Essien placed third in the event, tying his indoor-best mark of 22'-1". Trammel went on to place in the top-six of the 200-meters, clocking a time of 22.37-seconds, good for fourth-place.

In the women's long jump Racquel Jones jumped 18'-9 ¼" to place second and earn a near indoor-best mark. Also in the field for the Bronco women, Danielle Valentine and Heidi Dorling each cleared 11'-7 ¾" in the pole vault, with Valentine tying for third and Dorling placing sixth based on misses.

The men's distance medley relay, made up of Mathew Moyer, Michael Walrath, Dusty Klein and Andy Robertson placed second running a time of 10:42.87.

Day two of the Jacksons Invite begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 28) with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles and the men's high jump. Individual collegiate running events begin at 10:50 a.m. with the women's 60-meter hurdles.

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