NAMPA, Idaho -- The Boise State track and field team split to two meets this weekend, hosting the Boise State Team Challenge at the Jacksons Indoor Track and traveling to Seattle for the FloTrack Husky Invite. The Broncos kicked-off the weekend Friday evening (Feb. 10) with three wins in Nampa, Idaho, and one school record set at the meet in Seattle.
The Broncos sent six distance runners to the FloTrack Husky Invite with four of them running Friday evening. Emma Bates was the big success story of the evening, placing 32nd out of 78 runners in the women's 5000-meters. Bates clocked an outstanding time of 16:53.29, smashing the former Boise State school record of 17:19.35 set by Becky Guyette in 2007.
At the Boise State Team Invite throwers Mele Vaisima and Trevor Kraychir each earned wins in the women's and men's weight throw. Vaisima earned her sixth win of the season, remaining undefeated with a toss of 65'-0.50". Kraychir won his fifth title of the season in the weight throw with a mark of 66'-6.50". Newcomer Chris Manuele earned a win in the men's pole vault, clearing 16'-0.75" in his first meet as a Bronco.
Joining Vaisima in the weight throw was Alyssa Osai who placed second with a throw of 62'-8.50" and Kady Stafford who placed 11 th with a mark of 46'-2". Matt Post also placed in the weight throw, earning a mark of 52'-3.75" to place fourth in the men's section. Manuele was joined by Landon Blanchard in the pole vault, who placed sixth with a mark of 14'-7.25".
Kurt Felix completed the first four events of the heptathlon, leading the competition with a new day-one career-best score of 3,412-points. The total puts him 25-points ahead of his school record pace in the seven-event competition. Felix won the heptathlon long jump with a career-best by 7.25-inches, jumping 25'-1.75". Felix also won the shot put (42'-2.25") as well as the high jump with a season-best of 7'-0.25". He ran to a second-place finish in the 60-meters, clocking a time of 7.11-seconds.
Anthony Belcher competed alongside Felix in the heptathlon, sitting in seventh-place after four events with 2,364-points. Belcher was third in the 60-meters (7.22) and seventh in the long jump (19'-11.75"), the shot put (29'-0") and the high jump (5'-6.50").
Alexi Morton earned a fifth-place finish in the women's pentathlon with a total of 3,565-points. She earned one win out of the five events, capturing the high jump title with a career-best mark of 5'-7.25". She placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.10-seconds, placed fifth in the shot put throwing 33'-2" and jumped 18'-3.75" to place third in the long jump. She placed fifth in the final event, the 800-meters, clocking a time of 2:42.06.
Kimberly Miller also competed in the pentathlon, placing seventh overall with a career-best total of 3,060-points. She set personal best marks in the 60-meter hurdles (6 th; 9.54), the high jump (8th; 4'-9.75") and the long jump (5th; 18'-1.75"). She also earned a ninth-place finish in the shot put (29'-1") as well as a ninth-place finish in the 800-meters (2:45.85).
Also racing at the FloTrack Husky Invite were three Bronco men in the 5000-meters. Vince Hamilton clocked a time of 14:34.98 to place 50th, while Jeff Howard placed 52nd in a time of 14:36.94. Scott Foley placed 63rd in his heat with a time of 14:48.25. All three Bronco men ran personal best times Friday evening.
The Boise State Team Challenge continues on Saturday (Feb. 11) at the Jacksons Indoor Track beginning with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 9:00 a.m. (MT). Individual events begin at 9:15 a.m. with the women's high jump. Two Broncos compete on Saturday at the FloTrack Husky Invite, with Drew O'donoghue-McDonald running the Mile and Sawyer Bosch running the 3000-meters.