Tracksters Flourish at Bronco Open

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field team had another very successful day at the track on Saturday (Feb. 5) hosting the Bronco Open at the Jackson Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. The Broncos picked up 11 event wins, 30 top-three finishes, 39 career-best marks, 11 season-best marks and one Boise State all-time top-three mark on the day.

The Bronco men's 4x400-meter relay team made up of Karrie Butler, Rolando Trammel, Jeff Daw and Manoah Wesson picked up a big in win on Saturday, clocking a season-best time of 3:14.98. The time becomes the second-best ever run by a Bronco team indoors. The Broncos remain undefeated in the men's 4x400-meter race this season, winning four titles.

Trammel picked up a second win on the day, running a career-best time of 8.07-seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. He also earned a top-three finish in the triple jump, placing third with a personal best mark of 48-6.25. Justin Malnes joined Trammel in the top-three of the 60-meter hurdles, running a career-best time of 8.16-seconds to place third. Joshua Butler also joined Trammel in the top-three, finishing second in the triple jump with a career-best 48-9.

A speedy competitor in the sprints, Eric Capelle earned his first win this season in the 200-meters, clocking a near career-best and season-best time of 21.79-seconds. He also finished with a season-best time of 6.90-seconds in the 60-meter dash.

Winning the men's long jump with by over a foot, Eetu Viitala recorded a near best of 25-2.50 to remain undefeated and earn his fourth-straight victory in the event. Also earning a win in the jumps was Kurt Felix who cleared a Boise State lifetime best of 7-0.25 in the high jump. Felix improved his best mark by nearly an inch. He also jumped a near personal best in the long jump, soaring 24-2.25 to place second in the event.

In the longer races, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald picked up his first collegiate win racing to a 4:20.02 time in the Mile. Kevin Higgs placed second in the Mile with a solid 4:20.79 time. Jeff Howard raced in the 3000-meters for the first time this season, picking up a win and clocking a season best of 8:29.81.

Sweeping the throws for the men, Chase Sexton earned a win in the shot put with a mark of 54-3.25, while Trevor Kraychir earned a win in the weight throw with a career-best mark of 66-3. Alex Nelson joined Kraychir with a second place finish in the event, throwing 61-0.

On the women's side, Mele Vaisima remained undefeated in the weight throw this season, winning her fifth-straight meet. Vaisima threw a 61-4 mark to win the weight throw while Alyssa Osai had a career-best by over two inches, placing second with a throw of 57-4.25. Vaisima also placed second in shot put with a personal best by nearly eight inches (45-10).

Earning another win for the women was Racquel Jones, tying her career-best in the long jump (19-0) in her second-straight win. Alexi Morton joined Jones with a top-three finish, placing third with a career-best of 18-2.50. Jones also fared well in the sprints on Saturday, capturing third-place finishes in the 60-meters (7.81) and 200-meters (25.08).

A handful of Broncos finished with top-three finishes on Saturday. Karrie Butler and Jeff Daw placed second and third, respectively in the men's 400-meter dash with Butler clocking a personal best of 48.58-seconds, while Daw running a time of 48.86-seconds. On the women's side Mackenzie Flannigan shattered her personal best, clocking a time of 56.60-seconds to place third in the women's 400-meter dash. Flannigan joined Taryn Campos, Emily Funkhouser and Emily Field to smash their season-best time in the 4x400-meter relay. The relay team ran a time of 3:52.94 to place second. Emma Bates earned a second-place finish in the Mile, clocking a career-best time of 5:04.44, while Mathew Moyer ran to a third-place finish in the 800-meters (1:56.58). BreAnna Craig also earned a top-three finish, clearing 11-11.75 in the pole vault to place third.

Boise State hosts their final regular-season meet, the Boise State Team Challenge, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12 at the Jackson Indoor Track. The meet is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. (Mountain) start on Friday, while also slated for a 9:00 a.m. start on Saturday.


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