Broncos Capture Three Titles on Day One of Jacksons Invite

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field team hosted day one of the Jacksons Invitational on Friday (Jan. 28), producing three event winners and a handful of career-best marks at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

Mele Vaisima continues to improve, picking up her fourth-straight weight throw win to remain undefeated. She threw a season-best mark of 61-10.50 to win the event. Racquel Jones earned her second win of the season in the long jump, producing a mark of 18-5.75. Earning the final win of the day for the Broncos was Brian Pierre, who captured the men's 3000-meter run title with a time of 8:38.81.

Though he has not captured the title, Kurt Felix is well on his way to earning the men's heptathlon title after winning day one of the seven-event competition. He earned a day one total of 3,358 points, well over his best day one performance from last season (3,257) when he set the school record. Felix won three of the day's four events, jumping a Boise State career-best of 24-5.75 in the long jump, tying his indoor career-best of 6-11 in the high jump and throwing a season-best of 44-3.25 in the shot put. He also earned a career-best mark of 7.15 in the 60-meter dash, placing second.

On the women's side of the multi-events, freshman Alexi Morton had a very successful day. Morton earned a second-place finish in the women's pentathlon setting three career-best marks along the way. Her first career-best came in the 60-meter hurdles where she ran an 8.92 to place second. She also placed second in the shot put with a career-best mark of 34-0.75. Her third career-best of the day was her overall total of 3,412 points, bettering from her 3,372 points she scored at the Jacksons Open (Dec. 5). Morton placed second in the high jump (5-1.25), third in the long jump (17-3.25) and third in the 800-meters (2:36.72) to round out the day.

Several Broncos also fared well, finishing in their events' top-8 placings. Joining Vaisima for a Bronco sweep, Nadine Russell and Alyssa Osai placed second and third, respectively, in the weight throw. Russell threw a career-best mark of 55-1 to improve by nearly two-feet, while Osai earned a mark of 52-2.75.

Joining Jones in the long jump, Shannon Jacobs earned a career-best mark of 18-1.75 to place third, while Kimberly Miller placed eighth with a jump of 17.5.50. In the men's long jump Rolando Trammel was a top-8 finisher, placing fifth with a jump of 22-5.75.

Finishing just behind Pierre in the 3000-meters, freshman Drew O'donoghue-McDonald ran a career-best time of 8:39.81 to place second. Scott Foley ran a time of 8:46.56 to place seventh, while Kevin Higgs earned a career-best time of 8:52.32 to place eighth. In the women's 3000-meters freshman Emma Bates ran a career-best time of 10:18.70 to finish as the event's runner-up. Freshman Marisa VanderMalle produced a sixth-place finish with a career-best time of 10:32.20. Rounding out the top-8 in the event, Carly Gerard ran a time of 10:42.06 to place seventh.

In the sprints, Manoah Wesson earned a second-place finish in the 200-meters with a time of 21.70, while Karrie Butler ran a Boise State career-best of 22.35 to place eighth. Mackenzie Flannigan placed third in the women's 200-meters, clocking a career-best time of 24.88. Jones placed fourth in the event with an indoor-best time of 25.07, while Destiny Gammage placed fifth with a time of 25.23. Taryn Campos rounded out the top-8 Bronco finishers with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meters, running an indoor-best of 25.26.

In the women's pole vault, Alexis Folkinga cleared a Boise State best of 9-6.25 to tie for seventh-place.

As a team, the Broncos joined into three distance medley relay teams, two women's and one men's. The Boise State "B" women's team placed second in their race, running a time of 12:37.78, while the "A" team placed fifth with a time of 12:44.96. The men's team placed third with a time of 10:20.42.

The meet continues on Saturday (Jan. 29) with the men's high jump and the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain). The final collegiate event of the day, the women's 4x400-meter relay is slated for a 3:50 p.m. start time.

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