Broncos Attain Numerous Bests In Final Indoor Regular Season Meet
NAMPA, Idaho - In the final regular-season meet of the season, the Boise State track and field program proved they are primed and ready for the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in two weeks. Competing Friday and Saturday at the Boise State Team Invitational, the Broncos hosted eight teams, including UCLA, UNLV and Cal State Northridge, and were able to put up many season and career-best efforts in their final tune-up meet.
Four Bronco men, Jeff Daw, Sawyer Bosch, Trevor Kraychir and Zacharias Arnos, were able to pick up wins over the weekend. Daw earned a career-best time of 48.38 in the 400-meter dash while Bosch clocked a season-best of 8:27.00 in the 3000-meter run. Daw also earned a career-best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.99 and a seventh-place finish. Neither Kraychir nor Arnos earned season-bests, but still won the weight throw (62-8.75) and triple jump (52-1.25), respectively. Kraychir's win was his fifth-straight win in the event this season, leaving him undefeated in the event entering the WAC Championships.
Daw's career-best efforts led three top-8 finishers for the Broncos in the 400-meter dash. Paul Robertson also earned a career-best time of 49.11 to place second while Michael Walrath had a season-best time of 50.28, good for eighth-place.
Bosch led a mirror sweep in the 3000-meters with Jeff Howard earning a second-place finish after running a career-best of 8:34.36. Kevin Rosaaen finished in eighth-place with a time of 8:49.12.
Placing second in the men's mile, Quinten Hennekam was also a top finisher for the Broncos after clocking a season-best time of 4:18.63. Also earning a runner-up title was long jumper Eetu Viitala, jumping a season-best of 23-11 while Rolando Trammel finished with a season-best as well, earning sixth-place with a jump of 22-7. Trammel was also a top-8 finisher in the 60-meter hurdles, running a career-best of 8.48 seconds to place fifth. He was also joined by Daw, Robertson and Walrath to finish third in the men's 4x400-meter relay, running a season-best of 3:17.21.
The Boise State "B" team in the 4x400-meter relay, made up of Matthew Moyer, Austin Edwards, Dusty Klein and Hennekam, joined to place fourth with a time of 3:24.61. Klein also finished with a season-best time in the men's 800-meter run, clocking a time of 1:54.78 to place fifth. Moyer finished just behind in sixth-place with another season-best time of 1:55.55.
In the men's pole vault, Daniel Thompson cleared a season-best mark of 15-7 to place fourth, while Chase Sexton also placed fourth, but in the shot put, with a 52-1.25 effort. Eric Capelle also finished in the top-8, running a time of 6.93-seconds to place seventh in the 60-meter dash.
In the men's heptathlon, Steven Piippo registered a season-best effort of 4,529 points to place third in the event, while Kurt Felix placed fourth with a score of 4,482 points. Piippo earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash as well as in the shot put while Felix won the heptathlon's long jump and shot put, placed second in the high jump and was third in the 60-meter hurdles.
No Boise State women were able to pick up event wins, but they had many successful performances on the day. For the second-straight week Racquel Jones was a big leader for the Broncos, finishing fourth in the long jump (17-11.50), eighth in the 60-meter dash (7.80 seconds - career-best) and placing 13th in the 200-meter dash (25.37 seconds - career-best).
Sophomore weight thrower, Mele Vaisima has had a dominant season as well, but had her first defeat of the season in the event. Vaisima still had a successful throw of 60-0.25, but placed second, while in the same event Alyssa Osai recorded a season-best of 54-10 to finish just behind in third-place.
Joining the weight throw, the Boise State women also placed two Broncos in the top-8 finishers in the 800-meter run and the pole vault. Paige Orcutt ran to a career-best time of 2:20.72 to finish in sixth-place while Alexandria Bell ran a season-best of 2:21.17 to finish in eighth-place. Pole vaulter Heidi Dorling gave a season-best effort of 12-4 to place third, beating out teammate BreAnna Craig, who placed fourth, on less misses.
Triple jumper Ann Noyes earned a fourth-place finish with a jump of 36-9.50, while Shea Hanson earned a fifth-place finish in the mile, clocking a season-best of 5:12.00. In the 3000-meter run, Piper Delaney earned a career-best time of 10:27.45 to place seventh, while Monisha Davis also picked up a seventh-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, running a career-best time of 8.93 seconds.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Joi Glass, Taryn Campos, Marjani Maldonado and Lacy Hopkins were the last to round-out top-8 finishes for the Bronco women on Saturday. The relay team earned a season-best time of 3:57.78 to place sixth.
The Broncos will take a week off from competition, resting for the WAC Championships in two weeks. The meet is scheduled from Thurs., Feb. 25 thru Sat., Feb. 27 at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
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