Broncos Battle through Tough Weather on Day One of All-Idaho Collegiate

BOISE, Idaho - Mother Nature brought out all the stops for the opening of the 2010 Boise State track and field home season, bringing on strong winds, rain and even snow on the first day of the All-Idaho Collegiate on Friday (April 2). The Broncos welcomed Idaho State University, the College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene in their first of two home competitions of 2010.

The Broncos had solid performances, capturing event wins in four events on the day. The first to earn a win for Boise State was sophomore Alyssa Osai, who held off teammate Mele Vaisima to win the women's hammer throw. Osai earned a mark of 167 feet, 5 inches to win the event while Vaisima was runner-up with her toss of 166 feet, 11 inches. Nadine Russell joined the pair to complete a 1-2-3 sweep in the women's hammer, placing third with her throw of 155 feet.

First on the track Friday was the women's 400-meter hurdles where freshman Emily Funkhouser ran an outstanding race in the tough conditions to capture first-place by a 2.5 second margin. Funkhouser clocked a time of 1 minute, 5.35 seconds in the win while senior Megan Olivetti came in second with a time of 1 minute, 8 seconds. Bronco Tajanee Simmons captured a third-place finish in a time of 1 minute, 8.86 seconds to round out the top-three, while Joi Glass and Lacy Hopkins placed in fourth and fifth, respectively, to give Boise State the first through fifth-place sweep.

In the women's 200-meter dash, senior Paige Olivetti led the ranks, clocking a time of 25.87 seconds to nudge-out Idaho State's Jessica Williams who placed second in a time of 25.88 seconds. Boise State's Taryn Campos placed third in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 26.17 seconds while Racquel Jones was just behind in fourth-place in a time of 26.56 seconds.

The final event win on the day for the Broncos was in the men's 200-meter dash where freshman Paul Robertson clocked a time of 22.89 seconds to win the event. Senior Marlon Douglas finished in second-place in a time of 23.04 seconds while Michael Walrath clocked a time of 23.79 seconds to place fourth in the 200-meter dash.

In the women's 1500-meter run, sophomore Shea Hanson led the Broncos with a seventh-place finish (5:01.51) while Brittnee Sanchez earned a fourth-place finish in the women's 5000-meter run (19:54.57).

On the men's side, Rolando Trammel captured a runner-up title in the 400-meter hurdles running a time of 57.11 seconds while Matthew Moyer led the Bronco men in the 1500-meter run with his sixth-place finish (4:20.61). In the field events, Pontus Thomee earned a second-place finish in the javelin with a mark of 211 feet, 10 inches while Kurt Felix was just behind in fourth-place (182 feet, 2 inches).

The men's and women's long jump competitions were postponed for Saturday's competition due to the weather. The women's javelin results were not available at the finish of the meet, but will be included in the final meet results on Saturday.

Day two of the All-Idaho Collegiate at Bronco Stadium begins at 10 a.m. with the men's hammer throw and the women's shot put. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the women's 4x100-meter relay with the meet slated to finish at 3:40 p.m. with the men's 4x400-meter relay.

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