Broncos Compete at UW Last Chance Meet

SEATTLE - Two Boise State men's track and field team members attempted to lengthen their 2011 indoor season on Saturday (March 5), competing in the University of Washington's Last Chance Meet. Eetu Viitala and Trevor Kraychir went in hopes of improving their season-best marks and earn a chance to advance to the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The pair, who were both sitting on the qualifying bubble, will find out Sunday if they earned a spot.

Viitala continued his undefeated 2011 season in the long jump, winning his seventh title in the event this season on Saturday. He jumped a near season and career-best of 25-2.75 for the win.

Kraychir came out ahead after Saturday's meet, earning a new lifetime-best throw of 67-3.25 in the weight throw. The mark not only earned him the event win, but also improved his chances of advancing to the NCAA meet.

Heptathlete Kurt Felix is the only Bronco who has earned an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA meet thus far. The NCAA changed course a bit and did away with provisional marks this year. Now if a field has not been filled by automatic marks, the next top-ranked marks are added to the competitor list until the competition field is full (usually 12-18 athletes depending on the events).

Also competing on Saturday, more for fun than to earn a chance for an NCAA qualifying mark, was Brian Pierre, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald and Jeff Howard in the 3000-meters and Allan Schroeder in the 5000-meters.

Pierre earned a third event win for the Broncos, capturing the title with a time of 8:19.89. O'donohue-McDonald placed tenth in the same race with a time of 8:26.35, while Howard finished in 18th with a time of 8:47.19.

Schroeder raced in the 5000-meters placed eighth with a time of 14:51.96.

As mentioned, Viitala and Kraychir will wait to hear final word on their chances for the NCAA meet on Sunday.

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