Broncos Compete Well at 31st Annual Sun Angel Track Classic

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Boise State track and field team faced high levels of competition on Saturday (April 10) at the 31st Annual Sun Angel Track Classic hosted by Arizona State University. The Broncos sent 19 men and 17 women to compete in the meet that contained collegiate, open, high school, youth and premiere levels of competition.

The highlight of the day was the sole victory for Boise State with Sawyer Bosch running an outstanding 3000-meter steeplechase race, vaulting him to the leading spot in the Western Athletic Conference standings. His time of 8 minutes, 58.94 seconds was a season-best and just two-seconds short of Boise State's all-time top-three performances in the event. Joining Bosch in a solid Bronco showing in the steeplechase was Kevin Higgs who placed seventh (9:21.88), Zach Wiles in tenth (9:35.99) and Scott Foley who placed 13th (9:55.71).

Competing in a premiere section of the men's long jump, Zacharias Arnos earned a second-place finish with a jump of 24 feet, 3.75 inches while Eetu Viitala finished in ninth with a jump of 22 feet, 8.50 inches. Also competing in a premiere section for the Broncos was Trevor Kraychir in the hammer throw, earning a fourth-place finish with his toss of 204 feet, 1 inch.

Also faring well in the distance races was Quinten Hennekam who finished in sixth-place in the men's 1500-meter run in a time of 3 minutes, 53.20 seconds while Logan Fredrickson was just behind in 14th-place with a time of 3 minutes, 59.23 seconds. Jeff Howard represented the Broncos in the 5000-meter run, clocking a time of 15 minutes, 18.76 seconds to place 15th.

In the shorter races Michael Walrath and Dusty Klein participated in the 800-meter run, placing 29th and 30th, respectively. Walrath clocked a time of 1 minute, 54.90 seconds while Klein crossed the line in 1 minute, 56.33 seconds. In the 400-meter dash Paul Robertson clocked a time of 49.10 to place 26th, putting him in second on the WAC outdoor track charts. Eric Capelle (11.02), Marlon Douglas (11.20) and Viitala (11.22) placed 18th, 28th and 29th, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Rolando Trammel was the only Bronco men's hurdler on the day, clocking a time of 15.07 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to place 21st. Capelle, Douglas, Trammel and Robertson joined as a 4x100-meter relay team who clocked a time of 41.32 to finish fourth in the event.

Competing in the collegiate division of the field events were Daniel Thompson, Chase Sexton and Pontus Thomee. Thompson cleared a height of 15 feet, 1.50 inches to tie for sixth-place in the pole vault while Sexton tied for eighth-place in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 8.25 inches. Thomee finished in 24th-place in the discus throw with a mark of 156 feet, 9 inches while Sexton was right behind with a throw of 156 feet, good for 25th-place.

On the women's side of the competition senior Eleni Kafourou led the team with her third-place finish in the premiere section of the long jump. She had a jump of 20 feet, 1.75 inches, good for a season-best and WAC-leading mark. Mele Vaisima also competed in a premiere section, placing ninth in the hammer throw with a toss of 153 feet, 4 inches.

Vaisima also competed in the discus throw, placing 14th with a throw of 142 feet, 10 inches while Alyssa Osai placed 30th in the event with a mark of 120 feet, 8 inches. Nadine Russell also participated in the throwing events, placing 12th in the collegiate division of the hammer throw with a mark of 151 feet, 7 inches. In the jumping events Racquel Jones tied for fifth-place in the collegiate division of the long jump, jumping 18 feet, 1.50 inches. In the pole vault Heidi Dorling and BreAnna Craig both cleared 11 feet, 10.50 inches and placed seventh and eighth, respectively, due to misses.

On the track Jones led the Broncos in the sprints placing 17th in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.29 seconds. Destiny Gammage joined her in the event, placing 18th in a time of 12.38 seconds. The pair was joined by Megan Olivetti and Paige Olivetti in the 4x100-meter relay to clock a time of 46.56 seconds to place eighth. Paige Olivetti ran a season-best time of 57.97 seconds in the 400-meter dash to place 27th, while Megan Olivetti clocked a time of 14.22 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to place 13th. Monisha Davis and Marjani Maldonado also ran the hurdles clocking times of 14.40 seconds and 15.02 seconds to place 17th and 29th, respectively.

In the 400-meter hurdles Joi Glass led the Broncos finishing in 14th-place and running a time of 1 minute, 2.72 seconds. Freshman Emily Funkhouser finished close behind in 17th-place with a time of 1 minute, 3.05 seconds.  Maldonado placed 22nd in a time of 1 minute, 4.51 seconds while Tajanee Simmons clocked a time of 1 minute, 7.16 seconds to place 27th in the event.

In the distance events Shea Hanson led the way with her third-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase, clocking a time of 11 minutes, 21.61 seconds. Alexandria Bell earned a 28th-place finish in the 800-meter run in a time of 2 minutes, 21.73 seconds while Piper Delaney ran a career-best of 18 minutes, 30.20 seconds in the 5000-meters to finish in 29th-place.

The Broncos continue their 2010 outdoor season next weekend (April 15-17) where they will split to compete in three separate meets. The Broncos will compete in their fourth of six regular-season weekends at the Brian Clay Invitational held in Azusa, Calif., the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.

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