Broncos Successful in Day One of Boise State Team Challenge

NAMPA, Idaho - Twelve Boise State track and field athletes competed on Friday (Feb. 11) night in day one of the Boise State Team Challenge at the Jackson Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. Four Bronco women and eight men competed in the multi-events and a handful of individual events in the Friday afternoon competition, picking up two wins and a second-place finish.

The men's and women's distance medley relays picked up wins, while Daniel Thompson cleared a career-best mark of 16-0.75 in the pole vault to place second.

Austin Edwards, Dusty Klein, Ethan Slight and Kevin Higgs joined together to run the fastest distance medley relay time (10:15.59) by a Bronco men's team this season. The women followed suit with  Kate Jette, Jamie Knapp, Rici Morrill and Emma Bates teaming to run the fastest Bronco women's time in the medley this season (12:16.42).

Also competing in the pole vault was Nathan Balcirak, who placed fifth and cleared a career-best height of 14-1.25. Kurt Felix placed 10th in the event after clearing 13-1.50.

Junior Anthony Belcher participated in his first multi-event competition as a Bronco, sitting in ninth-place with a score of 2,301 after day one of the men's heptathlon. Belcher began his day with a Boise State career-best in the 60-meter dash, running a 7.30 and finishing in third. He continued on to the long jump where he placed ninth with a mark of 19-3.25, followed by a career-best effort of 28-3 to place 13th in the shot put. He completed his day clearing a Boise State career-best height of 5-7.75 to tie for seventh in the event.

Belcher will complete his seven-event competition Saturday (Feb. 12) with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000-meter run.

His fellow Broncos will join him on day two of the Boise State Team Challenge, competing in the remaining and majority of the individual events of the meet. The men's heptathlon hurdles are set for a 9:00 a.m. start, while the women's weight throw will kick-off the individual events at 9:30 a.m.


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