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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Boise State's track and field teams posted a very successful second day of the 2012 Mountain West Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday (February 24). Three titles were earned with Mele Vaisima earning an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the women's weight throw, Kurt Felix wrapping up a win in the heptathlon, and Trevor Kraychir capturing the men's weight throw title.
The Bronco men hold a second-place spot in the team rankings with 43-points, chasing down New Mexico who has 45-points after five events scored. Air Force sits in third with 39-points in the men's race. The Bronco women tie for a sixth-place spot with UNLV totaling 32-points, just three-points out of fifth held by Colorado State. San Diego State leads the women's race with 47-points after seven events scored.
Vaisima, a senior, had a thrilling day of competition, winning the women's weight throw title with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 69'-8.25". The mark not only qualifies her for the national meet on her home turf, but also broke her personal best mark by four-and-a-half feet, set a new school record by over two-feet and was the third-best mark ever in the Mountain West. Vaisima remains undefeated through all seven meets this season.
Felix completed his final three events of the heptathlon Friday morning, capturing the event title with 5,703-points, a MW Championship record, and the second-best MW mark of all time (behind his own mark of 5,771 set on Feb. 11). Felix ran a time of 8.41-seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, placing fourth, followed by a sixth-place finish in the pole vault (14'-7.25") and a fourth-place finish in the 1000-meters (2:56.31). Felix went on to place second in the open long jump Friday afternoon, jumping 24'-7.25" and bringing his points scored total to 18 over two days.
Kraychir captured the men's weight throw title with a mark of 64'-5.75", bettering his nearest opponent by six-inches. Will Lohman joined Kraychir in the weight throw picking up a fifth-place finish in his first conference championship with a mark of 59'-2.75".
Sawyer Bosch earned six points for the men's team after his third-place finish in the 5000-meters, running a time of 14:45.60. The men's distance medley relay (DMR) made up of Tyler Rackleff, Bret Scheve, Nick Tatro and Scott Foley, was the only other points scored for the Bronco men on Friday after a fourth-place finish (10:15.35).
For the women, the Broncos collected six points in the long jump with Racquel Jones placing fifth (19'-0.75") and Alexi Morton placing seventh (18'-11.25"). Alyssa Osai joined Vaisima as a point scorer in the weight throw, placing sixth with a toss of 62'-2.25". Emma Bates scored four-points with her fifth-place finish in the 5000-meters, running a time of 17:11.34. The women's DMR, made up of Jamie Knapp, Emily Field, Paige Orcutt and Marissa Opatz, clocked a time of 13:05.26 to place eighth, earning one point for the Broncos.
The Broncos had 17 men and women earn 20 qualifying spots from Friday's preliminary rounds to Saturday's final rounds in races varying from the 60-meters to the Mile.
Karrie Butler led the men with a first place qualifying time of 47.78-seconds, a career-best, in the 400-meters. Paul Robertson placed third in the prelim (48.53), Manoah Wesson placed fourth (48.65) and Jeff Daw placed seventh (48.73) all advancing to Saturday's finals. Wesson also earned a qualifying time in the 200-meters, placing fourth in the prelims with a time of 21.74-seconds. In the 60-meters, Eric Capelle placed fifth with a season-best of 6.88-seconds to advance, while Rolando Trammel and Justin Malnes ran the same distance, but with hurdles, in 7.98-seconds (second) and 8.06-seconds (fifth), advancing to the finals. In the 800-meters Michael Walrath won his heat and earned the fourth qualifying spot (1:53.96), while Dusty Klein earned the fifth spot (1:52.98) and Matthew Moyer was ninth with an indoor best of 1:54.45, all advancing to the finals.
For the women, Taryn Campos earned two qualifying spots, placing fourth in the 200-meters (24.64 - indoor best) and sixth in the 400-meters (56.49). Destiny Gammage followed suit, qualifying in the 60-meters with a sixth-place finish (7.70 - career-best) and in the 200-meters after placing seventh (24.73 - indoor best). Mackenzie Flannigan joins the pair in the 200-meters, qualifying in eighth with a time of 24.76-seconds. Jones joins Gammage in the 60-meter finals after placing fourth in the prelims with a time of 7.56-seconds, good for a career-best time and tied for second-fastest in school history. Rici Morrill advances in the 800-meters with her seventh-place finish and a time of 2:13.95, while Lauren Lucas and Kate Jette placed sixth (5:10.19) and eighth (5:12.16), respectively, in the Mile to advance.
Saturday's finals are slated to begin at 9:45 a.m. (MT) with the women's shot put and men's triple jump, while running events begin at 10:45 a.m. with the women's 60-meter hurdle finals.
Notes: Kurt Felix and Trevor Kraychir each earned their third-straight indoor titles in the heptathlon and weight throw, respectively, winning two straight in the Western Athletic Conference (2010 and 2011) and adding the 2012 MW titles from Friday. Mele Vaisima earned her second career indoor title in the weight throw after winning the 2010 WAC title.
Anthony Belcher also finished up his second day of the heptathlon, moving up one spot from Thursday to 10 th overall with 4,126-points. He placed 10th in the 60-meter hurdles (8.86), 10th in the pole vault (8;-8.25") and eighth in the 1000-meters (3:05.30).