Broncos Place Second, Fifth at MW Championships
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Boise State's track and field teams had a solid showing in their first Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championship, earning five total wins and placing second in the men's team race and fifth in the women's through Saturday (Feb. 25), the final day of the championships.
The Bronco men lead the team race over Air Force by 1.5-points heading into the final event, the 4x400-meter relay. Air Force was able to pull out a win in the event and jump ahead, winning the team title by 2.5-points. Boise State's men finished with a score of 154-points, while AF had 156.5. For the women, Boise State tallied 69-points, placing fifth. TCU won the women's team title with 141-points.
Kurt Felix and Mele Vaisima came away with top honors on Saturday earning the men's and women's Mountain West Most Outstanding Performance honors in the heptathlon and weight throw, respectively. Felix also earned the MW Men's Top Point Performer honor after totaling 29.5 points over the three-day meet.
Two Broncos picked up wins on Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center with Manoah Wesson edging out teammate Karrie Butler for the 400-meter title. Wesson ran a time of 47.90-seconds, while Butler ran an indoor-best of 47.97-seconds to finish first and second. For the women, Emma Bates picked up the 3000-meter title after running a career-best time of 9:47.51, the third-fastest time in school history.
Scoring team points along with Wesson and Butler was Paul Robertson who placed sixth in the 400-meters (48.64) and Jeff Daw who placed seventh (48.82). Robertson went on to place sixth in the 200-meters (22.14), while Wesson placed eighth (22.17). Butler, Daw and Robertson were joined by Rolando Trammel in the men's 4x400-meter relay, finishing in third with a time of 3:13.31.
Trammel earned 11 more points on the day, picking up a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 7.97-seconds. He tallied two points with a seventh-place finish in the high jump, clearing 6'-4.25" and added one point in the triple jump, placing eighth with a mark of 48'-0.75". Joining Trammel in the 60-meter hurdles was Justin Malnes, recording a career-best of 8.02-seconds, placing third.
Coming off a heptathlon win on Friday (Feb. 24), Felix racked up 11.5-points on Saturday, totaling 29.5 over the weekend. Felix placed third in the triple jump on Saturday with a mark of 49'-9.75", while also tying for third in the high jump, clearing 6'-10.25". Kenny Roseman added four points to the triple jump corps, placing fifth with a mark of 48'-7.25", his best effort as a Bronco.
In the men's shot put Chase Sexton recorded a career-best by nearly three-feet, throwing 58'-1.25" to place second. Will Lohman was third with a mark of 55'-4.25". Drew O'donoghue-McDonald also earned a runner-up title on Saturday, running 4:09.89 in the Mile. The Broncos added 10 more points in the middle distances with Michael Walrath (1:51.91), Dusty Klein (1:52.46 - indoor-best) and Matthew Moyer (1:55.20) finishing fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively in the 800-meters.
Covering the shortest distance, Eric Capelle ran a 6.95-second race in the 60-meters to place sixth, while Sawyer Bosch (8:28.11) and Scott Foley (8:33.35 - career-best) placed third and seventh, respectively, in the longest race of the day, the 3000-meters. Chris Manuele rounded out the scoring for the Bronco men, tying for fifth in the pole vault after clearing 16'-5.25", his best as a Bronco.
On the women's side, Taryn Campos joined Bates in the record books, tying the third-fastest indoor 200-meter time in school history, 24.49-seconds. Campos placed fourth in the event, recording a career indoor-best as well. Campos also earned a career-best in the 400-meters, placing sixth with a 55.70-second race.
Destiny Gammage also ran an indoor-best in the 200-meters, clocking a 24.78-second race to place eighth. She also picked up a seventh-place finish in the 60-meters, running 7.89-seconds. Racquel Jones also placed in the 60-meters, finishing fourth with a time of 7.69-seconds.
Rici Morrill clocked an indoor-best in the 800-meters, placing sixth with a 2:12.17 time. In the Mile Lauren Lucas picked up a sixth-place finish, running 5:14.78, while Kate Jette placed eighth in 5:16.11.
Morrill was joined by Megan Kelley, Cyntrail Pierce and Emily Field to place fifth in the women's 4x400-meter relay. The four-some earned a season-best time of 3:48.73.
2012 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships Award Winners
Men's Coach of the Year - Ralph Lindeman, Air Force
Women's Coach of the Year - Darryl Anderson, TCU
Men's Outstanding Performance - Kurt Felix, Boise State (Heptathlon)
Women's Outstanding Performance - Mele Vaisima, Boise State (Weight Throw)
Men's High Point Award - Kurt Felix, Boise State (29.5 points)
Women's High Point Award - Allison Reaser, San Diego State (27.7 points)
Final Team Scores
1. Air Force - 156.5
2. Boise State - 154 3. New Mexico - 141 4. TCU - 103 5. Colorado State - 64.5 6. Wyoming - 38 Women 1. TCU - 141 2. New Mexico - 116 3. San Diego State - 97 4. UNLV - 88 5. Boise State - 69 6. Colorado State - 66 7. Air Force - 58 8. Wyoming - 27 Boise State Event Champions Kurt Felix - Heptathlon Mele Vaisima - Weight Throw Trevor Kraychir - Weight Throw Emma Bates - 3000-meters Manoah Wesson - 400-meters
Manoah Wesson - 400-meters
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