Broncos Fare Well At BYU/USC Triangular, WAR V

PROVO, Utah - The Boise State track and field teams fared well in the BYU/USC Triangular meet on Saturday (April 7) with the men placing second earning 100-points and the women placing third with 90-points. Although the women were last in the gender total, they combined with the men for 190-points, good for second. BYU, whose men are ranked No. 26 and women ranked No. 24, won the combined team race with 317-points (169-men, 148-women), while the No. 8 men and No. 4 USC women came in third with 159 combined points (44-men, 115-women).

The Broncos earned four event wins on the day with Justin Malnes winning the 110-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 14.48-seconds. Will Lohman picked up the second win for the No. 37-ranked Bronco men, claiming the hammer throw title with a career-best mark of 189'-1.25". The unranked Bronco women put together a title winning 4x400-meter relay team running a time of 3:49.50. Racquel Jones picked up the second women's win, taking the long jump title with a mark of 18'-10".

In the men's throws, Trevor Kraychir joined Lohman in the hammer, placing third (187-2.50), while Lohman went on to place second in the shot put (56-0.75) and the discus (161-1). In the javelin, Austin Hamilton placed ninth (189-4.50) and Kyler Osborne came in 10 th (167.10.25).

In the women's hammer throw, Alyssa Osai recorded the third-best throw in school history with a career-best of 193'-10.75", good for third-place. Mele Vaisima joined her in the event, placing fourth with a mark of 193'-6". Nadine Russell and Kady Stafford placed 10 th (154-7) and 11th (150-11.75), respectively. Vaisima went on to place second in the shot put (44-6.25) and third in the discus (144-0.25), while Osai placed fourth in the discus (132-5). Also in the throws, Andrea Morones placed fifth in the javelin (127-1.25) while Kristen Sowers placed sixth (124-5.75).

The sprints earned the Broncos a lot of points over the day as well, with the Bronco men earning 15 top-ten finishes. Eric Capelle led the men in the 100-meters, placing third (10.80) as well as the 200-meters where he placed fifth (22.17). He also joined the second-place 4x100-meter relay team (41.11). Edidiong Essien joined him with a sixth-place finish in the 100-meters (11.05) and an eighth-place finish in the 200-meters (23.62). Malnes rounded out the 100-meter efforts for the Broncos, placing seventh (11.14).

Manoah Wesson led the Broncos in the 400-meters, taking third (48.10), while Jeff Daw placed fourth (48.53) and Paul Robertson placed sixth (48.74). The 4x400-meter relay also earned a second-place finish in a time of 3:12.39. Anthony Belcher joined Malnes in the 110-meter hurdles, placing seventh (16.40), as well as running the 400-meter hurdles to place sixth (57.45). Rolando Trammel ran to a second-place finish in the long hurdles (51.57), while Bret Scheve placed fifth (55.41).

The women's sprints earned 19 top-ten finishes, including a second-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay (46.32).  In the 100-meters Destiny Gammage ran a personal-best of 11.98-seconds to place fourth. Jones was fifth  (12.05), while Shannon Jacobs placed eighth (12.38) and Steffanie Jordan came in ninth (12.65). Gammage led the Broncos in the 200-meters as well, placing second (24.55), while Jones placed fourth (24.89), Jordan was eighth (25.84) and Jacobs was ninth (26.35).

 In the 400-meters, Megan Kelley placed third (56.36), while Mackenzie Flannigan placed fourth (57.24), Taryn Campos placed fifth (57.48), Andrea Wilson came in eighth (59.52), Emily Field was ninth (59.53) and Yvonne Bennett placed 10th (59.89). Tajanee Simmons placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, running a time of 14.97, while Emily Funkhouser and Megan Opatz placed fourth (1:03.50) and seventh (1:10.81), respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles.

The Broncos mid-distance corps were successful as well, with Kyle Brush and Tyler June placing fourth (1:57.14) and sixth (1:59.89), respectively in the 800-meters. Drew O'donoghue-McDonald took second in the 1500-meters (3:52.79), followed by Scott Foley in third (3:55.27), Charlie Petrie in fourth (4:01.81) and Matthew Moyer in fifth (4:08.39). For the women, Jessica Bottelberghe led the 800-meters, placing fourth (2:15.91). Lauren Lucas placed fifth (2:16.83) and Paige Orcutt placed seventh (2:22.05). Tessa Murray was the only Bronco in the 1500-meters, placing second (4:47.38).

Essien carried his sprint success over to the jumps, placing second in the long jump with a 21'-9.50" mark. Chris Manuele also earned a second-place finish, clearing 15'-7" in the pole vault. Kurt Felix cleared 13'-7.50" to place fourth in the event. For the women, Danielle Valentine cleared 12'-2.50" to place third in the pole vault. Cyntrail Pierce placed sixth in the long jump (17-6.75), followed by Shannon Jacobs (17-2.75) in seventh and Debra Johnson (16-8.75) in eighth. Johnson went on to place fourth in the triple jump (38-4.25), while Alexis Keyes jumped 35'-2.75" to place sixth.

Broncos Win Five at WAR V Meet

SPOKANE, Wash. –
A handful of Boise State track and field members competed at the 2012 WAR V Northwest Duals meet on Saturday (April 7), picking up five event wins out of the seven races they competed in.

The Bronco men earned wins in the 3000-meter steeplechase and 800-meters, while the women earned titles in the 1500-meter and 5000-meter runs and the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Allan Schroeder led a top-three sweep for the Broncos in the 3000-meter steeplechase, running a personal-best time of 9:17.31 to win the event. Sawyer Bosch placed second in a time of 9:19.32, while Zach Wiles placed third in 9:26.06.

Dusty Klein picked up the second win for the men, taking the 800-meter run title in a time of 1:50.76, just .22 off of his career-best.

Emma Bates collected the 1500-meter title in a time of 4:29.99, while Jamie Knapp ran to a career-best time of 4:49.30 to place fourth. Marissa Opatz also ran her collegiate best of 4:50.27 to place fifth in the race.

Erin McLaughlin earned the Broncos’ final win of the day, taking the 5000-meter title after smashing her career-best and running a 17:35.55. Taryn Treadway placed third in the race, also running a personal-best, clocking 17:42.71 to the finish. Carly Gerard ran a lifetime best as well, crossing the finish in 18:03.38, good for fifth-place.

Shea Hanson won the women's steeplechase, clocking a time of 10:56, while Marisa VanderMalle ran a time of 11:02 to place third.

Rici Morrill earned a second-place finish for the Bronco women in the 800-meters, running a time of 2:12.65, while Vince Hamilton placed 20 th in the 1500-meters for the men, clocking a personal-best 4:05.26 finish and rounding out the competing Broncos at the meet.

With just a handful of athletes, the Bronco women picked up a second-place team finish with 68-points, only behind winning Seattle Pacific's 98-points and ahead of third-place Idaho's 54-points. The men placed fourth with 34-points. Seattle won the men's with 72-points, while Idaho and Whitworth tied for second with 37-points.

The meet was hosted by the Community Colleges of Spokane at Spokane Falls Community College track and field facility.

The Broncos prep for the coming weekend where they will split between the UTEP Invitational, the Eastern Oregon Invitational and the Utah Spring Classic.

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