Broncos Primed in Regular Season Finale Meet
NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team had another successful meet, closing out its 2011 indoor regular season schedule with 11 event wins at the Boise State Team Challenge on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 11-12) at the Jackson Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. The Broncos also collected 50 career-best marks over the two days, eight season-best marks, 31 top-three finishes and five indoor-best marks.
The men's team captured seven event wins with Eetu Viitala extending the men's team's longest winning streak earning his fifth-straight long jump title this season. Manoah Wesson won the 400-meter dash, Brian Pierre earned his second-straight 3000-meter title and Trevor Kraychir earned his second-straight and fifth total weight throw title. Chase Sexton also earned a repeat title, collecting his second-consecutive win and fourth overall this season in the shot put while Rolando Trammel picked up his third-straight win in the 60-meter hurdles. The men's distance medley relay (DMR) earned the final win for the Bronco men on Friday night.
For the women, Mele Vaisima earned her sixth-straight win in the weight throw, while also earning her first shot put title of the season. Racquel Jones earned the long jump title, her third-consecutive and fourth overall, while the women's DMR captured another title on Friday night.
Viitala earned his fifth-consecutive win in the long jump after jumping a near best of 25-1.25 on Saturday. Trammel also had a career-day earning a career-best mark of 7.96-seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, tying him for No. 38 in the nation in the event. Teammate Justin Malnes also placed in the top-three of the hurdles, running a time of 8.27-seconds to place third. Malnes did clock a career-best time of 8.14-seconds in the preliminary round.
In the throws Kraychir snagged his second-straight title in the weight throw with a mark of 65-5, while Alex Nelson placed second with a toss of 62-0.50 for a career-best mark. Sexton earned his second-straight win in the shot put, throwing 53-10.25 to win by nearly three-feet.
On the track, Pierre earned his second-straight win in the 3000-meter run, clocking a career-best time of 8:28.25. Wesson earned a career-best time of 47.98-seconds to win his first-career title in the 400-meters, while Paul Robertson also clocked a lifetime-best of 48.46-seconds to place third.
Wesson also finished in the top-three in the 200-meters, running a time of 21.87-seconds. Also finishing in the top-three in the sprints was Eric Capelle who clocked a time of 6.94-seconds in the 60-meter dash to place second. In the 800-meter run Dusty Klein earned an indoor-best time of 1:53.82 to place second, while Austin Edwards ran a personal-best of 1:54.75 to place third. Kurt Felix and Joshua Butler also earned second and third-place finishes for the Broncos jumping 49-7.75 (career-best) and 46-10.75, respectively.
For the women, Vaisima earned her sixth-straight weight throw title to remain undefeated this season. She threw 59-4.25 to win, while Alyssa Osai earned a third-place finish with her toss of 55-0.25. Vaisima also earned the shot put title with a near career-best of 45-9.25. Jones earned the third win for the Bronco women on Saturday, snagging her third-straight long jump title with a mark of 18-8.50. Shannon Jacobs came in third with a jump of 17-10.25.
Placing in the top-three of their event, the Boise State women's "A" and "B" relay teams placed second and third, respectively. The "A" team, made up of Mackenzie Flannigan, Taryn Campos, Cyntrail Pierce and Emily Funkhouser, clocked a season-best time of 3:48.78, while the "B" team, made up of Paige Orcutt, Steffanie Jordan, Yvonne Bennett and Tajanee Simmons, clocked a time of 3:55.52. Flannigan and Pierce also earned top-three finishes in the 200-meter dash, tying for second-place both with a career-best time of 24.85-seconds.
In the women's 800-meter run Rici Morrill threw down a new career-best time of 2:17.54 to place third, while Emma Bates earned a career-best time of 5:02.44 in the Mile to place second. BreAnna Craig rounded out the Bronco women with top-three finishes, placing second in the pole vault with a height of 12-5.50.
The Bronco men picked up their first event win of the weekend on Friday with the DMR clocking a season-best time of 10:15.59, while Daniel Thompson earned a top-three spot in the pole vault, clearing a lifetime-best of 16-0.75 to place second. For the women, the DMR earned a first-place finish on Friday night, clocking a season-best of 12:16.42 and helping the Broncos total 11 event wins between the men and women.
Boise State takes one week off from competition to prepare for the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Broncos host the championships which will be held at the Jackson Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 24-26).
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