NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field teams flourished on Saturday (Feb. 4), picking up nine event wins and earning over 30 career-best marks in the Bronco Classic, held at the Jacksons Indoor Track.
Leading the way was Kurt Felix who earned the long jump and high jump titles, the only Bronco to pick up two individual wins. Felix jumped 24'-6.5" for a career-best leap in the long jump, while also clearing 6'-10.25" in the high jump.
Also earning wins for the Bronco men were Drew O'donoghue-McDonald in the Mile (4:10.27, career-best), Rolando Trammel in the 60-meter hurdles (8.05, season-best), Will Lohman in the shot put (55-9.25, career-best) and Mathew Moyer (1:54.98) in the 800-meters.
Boise State's women were lead by Emma Bates with a win in the Mile (4:59.13, career-best), Anna Preciado with a win in the 3000-meters (10:20.72) and Mele Vaisima winning her fifth-straight title in the weight throw this season (65-3.5, career-best). Vaisima's mark improves her spot as the No. 2 all-time best in the women's weight throw at Boise State.
In the field for the men, Lohman added a fourth-place, career-best effort in the weight throw, with a mark of 54'-10.25". Teammate Trevor Kraychir had a season-best effort in the weight throw, placing second with a mark of 66'-10.75".
Joining Felix in the long jump was Kenny Roseman, who placed second with a career-best 22'-7.75" jump and Edidiong Essien, who placed fourth with a jump of 21'-11.5". Essien went on to lead the team in the 60-meters with a personal-best of 6.98-second, good for fourth-place. Eric Capelle placed sixth in the same race, clocking a time of 7.03-seconds.
Joining O'donoghue-McDonald for a top-six finish in the Mile, Jeff Howard placed second with a career-best of 4:11.33. Scott Foley was third (4:12.57), Sawyer Bosch was fourth (4:12.80) and Vince Hamilton placed sixth (4:14.27) all running career-bests.
With Trammel winning the 60-meter hurdles, he led the 1-2 sweep joining Justin Malnes, who placed second with a career-best of 8.09-seconds. Moving up in distance on the track, Jeff Daw was a top-six finisher for the men in the 400-meters, running a 49.38-second race. Daw was joined later by Rolando Trammel, Manoah Wesson and Karrie Butler to place second in the 4x400-meter relay in the third fastest indoor time in school history (3:13.16).
In the 800-meters, Moyer led the way while Dusty Klein placed second (1:55.31). Tyler Rackleff placed third in the race with a career-best of 1:55.98, while Nick Tatro (1:56.06) and Kyle Brush (1:56.16) placed fourth and sixth, respectively.
In the 3000-meters, Aaron Back earned a third-place finish in a career-best time of 8:43.46, while David Elliott earned a best of 8:45.52 to place fourth.
On the women's side, Preciado was joined by Erin McLaughlin (10:23.42), Taryn Treadway (10:29.08) and Hayley Gregoire (10:47.96), placing second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 3000-meters. Carly Gerard placed fifth in the 3000-meters, clocking a time of 10:49.72. In the Mile, Bates was joined by Lauren Lucas (5:06.17) and Tessa Murray (5:06.73), who placed third and fifth, respectively, both with career-bests.
Vaisima won the weight throw and was joined by Alyssa Osai in the top-six. Osai recorded a career-best of 61'-0.25", placing third. Vaisima went on to place fourth in the shot put with a season-best mark of 43'-9.25".
On the track, Racquel Jones earned a third-place finish in the 60-meters in a career-best time of 7.64-seconds, while also earning an indoor-best of 24.82-seconds for a fifth-place finish in the 200-meters. Steffanie Jordan joined Jones in the 60-meter's top-six, placing sixth and running a 7.90-second race. Taryn Campos joined Jones in the 200-meters, also placing sixth in a 24.98-second time. In the 400-meters, Megan Kelley placed fourth, running a personal-best time of 57.62-seconds. Running twice the distance, Rici Morrill covered 800-meters in a personal-best time of 2:13.03 good for second-place. Kelley and Campos were joined by Mackenzie Flannigan and Emily Field for a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (3:59.57).
Tajanee Simmons tied her career-best set last week in the 60-meter hurdles, running a 9.06-second race to place fourth. Alexi Morton finished just behind in fifth with a time of 9.14-seconds. Morton went on to jump 17'-7.75" in the long jump, placing fifth. Joining Morton in the long jump was freshman Debra Johnson, who jumped 18'-0" to place fourth. In the pole vault, Danielle Valentine was the only Bronco in the top-six, tying for fourth and tying her indoor-best of 12'-5.5".
The Broncos' great performances on Saturday prep them for their final regular-season meet of 2012. The Broncos host the Boise State Team Invitational next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, before heading to Albuquerque, N.M., Feb. 23-25, for the Mountain West Championships. The Broncos also play host to the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 9-10, at the Jacksons Indoor Track.