NAMPA, Idaho - Hosting their final regular-season meet, the Boise State track and field teams put on a show for their fans, setting two new school records, earning an NCAA qualifying mark, earning seven wins and adding five new all-time best marks at the Boise State Team Challenge on Saturday (Feb. 11).
Kurt Felix sparked the excitement Saturday morning, entering the second day of the heptathlon ahead of pace to break the school record. He went on to record a 8.51-second 60-meter hurdle race, good for third, followed by clearing 14'-7.25", placing third and running a 2:51.01 to place fourth in the 1000-meters. His outcome, a win with 5,771-points, put him well over his former school record of 5,691, as well as past the 2012 NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 5,750-points. Hitting the qualifying mark guarantees Felix a spot at the NCAA Indoor Track and Championships held at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho, March 9-10.
Fellow teammate Michael Walrath fed off the energy of the day, going on to win the 800-meter run and break a 24-year old school record in the event. He ran a personal-best time of 1:51.23, edging out the former school record of 1:51.25 set by Pete Nunez in 1988.
With Felix and Walrath claiming their spots in the Bronco record books, Danielle Valentine, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald and Sawyer Bosch followed suit, claiming all-time top-three marks in the women's pole vault, men's Mile and men's 3000-meters, respectively. Valentine cleared a career-best of 12'-9.50" in the pole vault to place third on Saturday and tie for the second-best indoor mark in school history. O'donoghue-McDonald set his personal-best mark away from his teammates, running a 4:05.63 in the Mile at the Husky Invite in Seattle. His time placed him 13 th out of 84 runners and put him at No. 2 on the all-time top-three list at Boise State. Bosch clocked a time of 8:09.93 in the 3000-meter Invite section, placing 12th in his heat and running the second-fastest time in school history.
Also picking up wins on the day was Rolando Trammel in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best of 7.90-seconds, the long jump with a mark of 23'-2.50" and the 4x400-meter relay, joining Karrie Butler, Jeff Daw and Manoah Wesson to run a 3:14.63. Allan Schroeder won the Boise State Team Challenge Mile in 4:14.82, while Taryn Treadway won the 3000-meters in a time of 10:31.43.
The distance crew had a particularly good day with Aaron Back (4:18.84) and Charlie Petrie (4:19.53) joining Schroeder in the Mile, recording personal-best times and placing fourth and fifth, respectively. In the 3000-meters David Elliott captured a second-place finish (8:31.96), while Zach Wiles was third (8:32.53), each running career-best marks. For the women, Gregoire joined Treadway in the 3000-meters, placing sixth in a time of 10:54.88. In the Mile, Lauren Lucas ran a career-best time of 4:58.46 to place second, while Rici Morrill was right behind in third with a 4:59.68. Kate Jette also ran the Mile, placing fourth in a time of 5:03.85.
Lucas went on to race in the 800-meters as well, picking up her second runner-up title and second career-best time of the day with a 2:16.78. Paige Orcutt also ran a career-best time, placing fourth in 2:17.03. Jamie Knapp placed sixth (2:17.77) and Emily Funkhouser placed seventh (2:20.43), rounding out any top-eight finishers in the race for Boise State. On the men's side Dusty Klein placed second behind Walrath, clocking an indoor-best of 1:52.74. Nick Tatro came in fourth (1:54.27), while Tyler Rackleff placed fifth (1:54.61), each running career-best times. Andy Robertson rounded out the 800-meter top-eight finishers, placing seventh in a 1:56.24.
The Broncos were also successful in the field events with Racquel Jones earning a third-place finish in the long jump (18'-7.25"). Debra Johnson earned a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 38'-0.75", while newcomer Michelle Glass tied for seventh in the high jump (5'-1.75"). Mele Vaisima added a seventh-place finish in the shot put with her 42'-6" mark. For the men Kenny Roseman earned a third-place finish in the triple jump (47'-2.50") as well as a fifth-place finish in the long jump (22'-0.75"). Will Lohman picked up a third-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 54'-2".
In the women's sprints Taryn Campos picked up a career-best time of 55.92-seconds in the 400-meters to place fifth, followed by an indoor-best time in the 200-meters (24.76) to place eighth. Mackenzie Flannigan placed eighth in the 400-meters (57.52), while also running a 24.79 in the 200-meters to place seventh. The pair was joined by Megan Kelley and Cyntrail Pierce to place third in the 4x400-meter relay, running a time of 3:55.25. Tajanee Simmons earned a seventh-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 9.03-seconds, while Destiny Gammage also earned a lifetime-best of 7.78-seconds to tie for ninth in the 60-meters.
The men's sprinters were led by Eric Capelle who earned a seventh-place finish in the 60-meters (6.99) as well as a sixth-place finish in the 200-meters (22.06). Trammel went on after the 60-meter hurdle win to place seventh in the 200-meter dash (22.16), while Paul Robertson placed eighth in a time of 22.20-seconds. Robertson went on to place fifth in the 400-meters (49.32), while Jeff Daw placed just ahead in fourth with a time of 49.30-seconds. In the 60-meter hurdles, Justin Malnes clocked a personal-best of 8.07-seconds, placing third.
Joining Felix in the heptathlon on Saturday morning was Anthony Belcher who placed seventh with 4,113-points. He earned a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles (8.94), followed by a seventh-place finish in the pole vault with a career-best mark of 9'-8". He finished his seven-event combination with a sixth-place finish in the 1000-meters, clocking a time of 3:02.02.
The Broncos take one week off from competition to rest up for the 2012 Mountain West Championships held in Albuquerque, N.M., February 23-25.