Three Broncos Named WAC Champions on Day Two of Indoor Track and Field Championships
NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team was able to record numerous career-bests as well as a school record on Fri., Feb. 26, day two of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center. The Bronco men totaled 75.50 team points to finish Friday's competition in the lead while the women's team sits in eighth-place.
Beginning the day on a high note, junior Kurt Felix was able to score 5,348 points in the men's heptathlon, winning the event and surpassing the current Boise State school record by one point.
Adding to the day's excitement, two additional Broncos were named WAC champions with sophomore Trevor Kraychir capturing the men's weight throw title, while senior Zacharias Arnos led a solid Boise State effort in the long jump.
Kraychir dominated the weight throw competition with a toss of 64-feet, 3.75-inches, to out-throw second-place by over three feet. Fellow sophomore Alex Nelson aided in the team point effort, placing third in the weight throw with a mark of 60-feet, 5-inches, a career-best.
In the long jump, Arnos led a Bronco sweep of the top five places. Arnos improved on his season-best by half an inch, earning a mark of 24-feet, 9.75-inches to win the WAC title. Felix posted a jump of 23-feet, 10-inches to capture second-place while sophomore Eetu Viitala jumped 23-feet, 7.50-inches to place third and round out the All-WAC First Team. Freshman Rolando Trammel covered a distance of 23-feet, 6.25-inches to place fourth and sophomore Eric Capelle rounded out the five-man sweep with a jump of 22-feet, 9.75-inches.
Earning all-conference honors, freshman Jeff Howard earned a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, clocking a time of 14-minutes, 44.77-seconds to make the All-WAC First Team. Junior Sawyer Bosch ran a time of 15-minutes, 4.66-seconds to place fifth and earn an All-WAC Second Team honor.
In the men's distance medley relay, Trammel was joined by junior Kevin Higgs and sophomores Austin Edwards and Quinten Hennekam to place third in a time of 10-minutes, 2.91-seconds, earning the Broncos six additional team points.
In the only other final events of the day for the men, Felix cleared a height of 6-foot, 4.75-inches to tie for sixth-place while junior Daniel Thompson earned a season-best mark of 15-feet, 8.25-inches to place fifth in the men's pole vault.
On the women's side, freshman Racquel Jones earned six of the team's nine points on the day with a third-place jump of 18-feet, 10.50-inches in the long jump. The women's distance medley relay earned a sixth-place finish, good for three team points. Relay members Jamie Knapp, Tajanee Simmons, Alexandria Bell and Shea Hanson clocked a time of 12-minutes, 57.17-seconds in the race.
Along with an All-WAC First Team honor in the women's long jump, Jones adds a personal-best effort in the 60-meter dash to her day, qualifying for the finals on Saturday. Her time of 7.69-seconds shattered her former best of 7.87-seconds and earned her the sixth spot heading into the eight-person final. Also qualifying for Saturday's final round, freshman Destiny Gammage earned a personal-best in the 200-meter dash, 25.03-seconds, to earn the eighth and final qualifying spot. For the second-straight week sophomore Paige Orcutt set a career-best in the 800-meter run, clocking a time of 2-minutes, 18.73-seconds. Orcutt bettered her mark by nearly two seconds and earned her the seventh qualifying spot for the finals.
On the men's side a handful of Broncos advance to Saturday's race finals as well. In the 60-meter dash, Capelle ran a time of 6.93-seconds to earn fourth-place in the preliminary round while Marlon Douglas earned the eighth qualifying spot with a season-best of 7.01-seconds. Freshman Jeff Daw earned a fifth-place finish in the prelims of the 200-meter dash as well as a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, qualifying for the finals in both events. Freshman Paul Robertson followed suit, tying Daw for fifth in the 200-meter dash and picking up the sixth-place spot in the 400-meter dash to advance to Saturday's finals. The pair is joined by sophomore Dusty Klein in the 400-meter dash, who qualified in the fifth-place spot. In the men's 800-meter dash Matthew Moyer captured a third-place finish while Michael Walrath finished in fifth-place to advance to the eight-man final on Saturday. Rolando Trammel rounds out the men's qualifiers, sitting in seventh heading into the 60-meter hurdle finals on Saturday.
Saturday is the final day of the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships with the day beginning at 11:00 a.m. with the women's high jump. The mile finals kick-off the running events at 1:00 p.m. with events scheduled to 3:25 p.m.
Friday (Early Session): Kurt Felix Sets School Record En Route to Heptathlon Gold
Felix earned his first career All-WAC First Team honor with the win while Piippo was able to earn his first career All-WAC Second Team honor.
Entering Friday's competition, Felix held a 217 point lead over the second-place competitor after completing the first four events of the heptathlon on Thursday. With three events remaining on Friday, Felix was able to capture an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, a fifth-place finish in the pole vault and a third-place finish in the 1000-meter run to maintain his top position overall. He ran a time of 8.93-seconds in the hurdles while also posting career-bests of 13-feet, 9.25-inches in the vault and 2-minutes, 49.35-seconds in the 1000-meters.
Heading into the final event of the 1000-meter run Felix was aiming to run a fast enough time to move him up in the national rankings. Although he did not hit his target time of 2-minutes, 43-seconds, he was able to run a personal-best time and earn enough points to top the Boise State school record in the men's heptathlon by one point. Felix, who held the second-best mark in school history prior to Friday (5,346 points), topped former Bronco Heigo Nurmsalu's school record of 5,347 points set in 2007 while also improving his personal-best by two points.
Piippo, a freshman, was sitting in fourth-place entering Friday's competition. He placed ninth in the 60-meter hurdles, seventh in the pole vault and fifth in the 1000-meter run to end up in sixth-place overall. His jump of 9-feet, 10-inches was a career-best in the event.
The single-event competitions began at 2:00 p.m. on Friday with the men's high jump while running events begin at 4:00 p.m. Saturday event begin at 11:00 a.m. and run through 3:25 p.m.
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