Broncos Strong on First Day of Idaho Cup

NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team opened their 2012 season to the first day of the Idaho Cup on Friday (March 30) held at Northwest Nazarene University. The Broncos picked up five wins on day one as well as 31 top-eight finishes in the 14 events contested between the men and women on Friday.

The Bronco women earned four of the five event wins with Emma Bates taking the 1500-meter title in 4:29.18, a career-best time. Mele Vaisima had a career-best effort in the hammer throw, notching a 183'-0" throw to win the event by over 11-feet. Andrea Morones also earned a career-best throw, throwing 135'-7" in the javelin, while Shannon Jacobs jumped 17'-4.25" in the long jump for a win.

On the men's side, Edidiong Essien picked up the sole win for the Broncos, taking the 200-meter dash title in 22.39-seconds.

Following Morones in the javelin, Sasa Kampic and Kristen Sowers, placed second (132'-6") and third (125'-2"), respectively, for a Bronco sweep of the event.

Alyssa Osai placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 171'-5", while Kady Stafford placed fourth with a career-best of 151'-6", showing a strong Bronco force in the event.

Debra Johnson placed second in the long jump, following Jacobs. The freshman earned a Boise State outdoor career-best of 17'-2" en route to the runner-up title.

In the 1500, Erin McLaughlin ran a time of 4:44.31 for a career-best time and fourth-place finish. Jamie Knapp also made it into the top-eight finishers, clocking a career-best of 4:49.63 to place eighth.

Boise State's women also ran in the 400-meter hurdles on Friday, with Emily Funkhouser clocking a time of 1:02.80 to place second and Megan Opatz running a 1:09.36 to place seventh.

The Broncos had a big group running in the 200-meters with Taryn Campos leading the way with a second-place finish (24.93). Destiny Gammage placed third (25.08) and Cyntrail Pierce placed fourth (25.26). Megan Kelley ran the first outdoor 200-meters of her collegiate career, clocking a 25.46 to place fifth, while Steffanie Jordan ran a time of 25.68 to place eighth.

On the men's side, Essien led the 200-meter efforts, while Eric Capelle placed second (22.48) and Rolando Trammel placed third (22.55) to sweep the top-three spots. Jeff Daw ran his first outdoor 200-meters of his career, clocking a 22.62 and placing fifth. Paul Robertson ran a 22.76 for a seventh-place finish, while Justin Malnes rounded out the top-eight with a 22.79.

Essien went on to the long jump where he placed second with a career-best effort of 22'-5".  Freshman Bret Scheve also picked up a second-place finish, running the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 55.36.

In the 1500-meters Scott Foley ran a career-best time of 3:57.65 to place second, while Charlie Petrie also clocked a lifetime-best of 3:58.17 to place third. Dusty Klein earned a career-best time of 4:01.98 to place fifth.

Finally, in the javelin, Austin Hamilton and Kyler Osborne both opened their careers at Boise State on Friday, placing second and fifth, respectively. Hamilton had a career-best of 192'-6" while Osborne threw 168'-7".

The Broncos continue with day two of the Idaho Cup on Saturday (March 31) at NNU's Track Facility in Nampa. The meet is slated for a 10:00 a.m. (MT) start with the men's hammer throw and women's shot put. Running events will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relays, while the 4x400-meter relays will close out the meet at 3:20 p.m.

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