Broncos Earn Four Titles at Sun Angel, WAR IV Meets

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team split their squad this weekend (April 8-9), heading to both the Arizona State Sun Angel Track Classic (Tempe, Ariz.) and the WAR IV Northwest Scoring Clash (Spokane, Wash) hosted by the Community Colleges of Spokane. The Broncos placed 12 team members or relays in the top-eight finishers at the Sun Angel Classic, while also taking 11 of the top-eight spots at the WAR IV meet.

At the Sun Angel Classic, Alex Nelson picked up a win on Friday night throwing a season-best of 208-8 (63.60m) in the hammer throw to earn his first title of the year. Trevor Kraychir also participated in the hammer throw, but in the premier section on Saturday, placing seventh with a toss of 198-7 (60.58m). Chase Sexton was also successful in the throws, placing sixth in the discus with a mark of 166-6 (50.79m). Pontus Thomee and Alex Cartwright placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the javelin with marks of 205-4 (62.61m) and 203-5 (62.04m). Sasa Kampic participated in her first meet of the season, placing sixth in the javelin with a mark of 135-2 (41.18m).

On the track, Rolando Trammel ran to a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 14.72-seconds. Trammel joined Karrie Butler, Paul Robertson and Manoah Wesson to clock a time of 3:15.52 in the 4x400-meter relay and earn a seventh-place finish. Quinten Hennekam picked up a seventh-place finish in the 1500-meters, running to a time of 3:56.56.

For the women, Destiny Gammage and Cyntrail Pierce took two of the top-eight spots in the 200-meter dash. Gammage clocked a time of 24.97-seconds to place fifth, while Pierce placed seventh in a time of 25.14-seconds. Yvonne Bennett earned a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a career-best time of 58.60-seconds.

Emily Funkhouser, Emily Field, Steffanie Jordan and Tajanee Simmons ran to an eighth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, clocking a time of 3:54.29.

In the WAR IV meet the Boise State women fared well with two Broncos sweeping the top-two spots in the women's pole vault. Danielle Valentine and Heidi Dorling each cleared 11-11.75 (3.65m), however Valentine won the events with less misses while Dorling placed second.

Courteney Satko placed fifth in the 800-meter run, clocking a time of 2:20.14, while Carly Gerard placed sixth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 18:09.60. In the 3000-meter steeplechase Shea Hanson and Kate Jette placed fifth and sixth, respectively, with time of 11:15.48 and 11:16.91. Satko also teamed with Andrea Wilson, Sam Alderman and Alexandria Bell to form the eighth-place 4x400-meter relay team with a time of 4:07.56.

For the men, Kevin Higgs led the way, winning the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:26.68. Joshua Butler also earned a win for the team, leaping 47-5.25 (14.46m) in the triple jump. Nick Tatro earned a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter run, clocking a time of 1:55.02. Nathan Balcirak tied for a sixth-place finish in the pole vault after clearing 13-11.25 (4.25m).

The Broncos continue their season next weekend, competing in the Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.) and Mark Faldmo Invitational (Logan, Utah), April 15-16.

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