Viitala Captures Mt. SAC Long Jump Title

WALNUT, Calif. - The Boise State track and field team got a start to their busy weekend at the 53rd Annual Mt. SAC Relays Friday (April 15) hosted by Mt. San Antonio College. The Broncos had nine athletes compete on Thursday night in the distance carnival, followed by 12 additional competitors on Friday in track and field events.

Highlighting the first few Bronco competitors of the weekend, Eetu Viitala claimed the men's university/open division long jump title jumping a near season-best of 24-11.25 (7.60m) distance.

Also participating in the jumps was newcomer Joshua Butler, who placed 12th in the university/open division of the men's triple jump. Butler leapt to a near career-best mark of 47-2.25 (14.38m) on Friday.

For the women's jumpers, Heidi Dorling was the only Bronco to complete competition early in the day. Dorling cleared a season-best 12-2.75 (3.73m) to place seventh in the university/open 'c' division of the pole vault. Teammates Danielle Valentine and BreAnna Craig jumped in the university/open 'b' pole vault later on Friday. Valentine cleared 11-9.75 (3.60m) to tie for sixth in her division, while Craig failed to clear a height.

In Thursday's distance carnival, a handful of Broncos made school history, earning top-3 list marks. Freshman Kate Jette ran an outstanding 10:47.32 time in the 3000-meter steeplechase placing ninth in the university/open 'b' division. Jette's mark takes the third-best spot on the Boise State all-time top-three performers list. She replaced teammate Shea Hanson's third-best mark set last season in a time of 11:03.00. Hanson also raced in the 'b' division 3000-meter steeplechase race, clocking a personal-best time of 11:01.94, which is good for the fourth-best performer in school history. Hanson placed 15th overall in the 'b' division race.

On the men's side of the steeplechase, Sawyer Bosch raced in the Olympic development/elite division, placing sixth in the 3000-meter race. Bosch raced to a personal-best time of 8:50.72, earning the third-best spot on the all-time top performers list at Boise State. Kevin Higgs raced in the university/open 'a' division, clocking a time of 9:08.47 for a personal-best time and a seventh-place finish. Freshman Allan Schroeder raced in the university/open 'b' division race, placing 18th and earning a personal-best time of 9:26.26.

Racing on Thursday as well were four Broncos in the 10000-meter run. In the women's university/open division Sarah Bisterfeldt ran a career-best of 36:30.20 to place 31st, while Erin McLaughlin also earned a best time of 36:56.06, placing 40th. On the men's side, Brad Bogdan raced in the university/open division, placing 46th in a time of 30:39.37. Jeff Howard also entered the 10000-meter race, slated to run in the Olympic development/elite division, beginning the race, but did not finish with a time.

Continuing distance events on Friday, Quinten Hennekam raced in the 1500-meters early in the day. Hennekam clocked a season-best time of 3:56.33 to placed 112th in the event.

Also on the track Tajanee Simmons and Alexi Morton raced on the shorter side of things, competing in the 100-meter hurdles. Simmons clocked a time of 14.84-seconds to place 43rd, while Morton raced to a time of 17.79-seconds and a 60th-place finish.

Simmons also raced in the 400-meter hurdles on Friday, clocking a time of 1:06.87 for a 44th-place finish. Teammate Emily Funkhouser also raced in the long hurdles, placing 39th in a time of 1:05.97.

Broncos Brian Pierre and Drew O'donoghue-McDonald are slated to race in the 5000-meter run. Final results of the 5000-meters had not been posted at the time of this release and will be available on Saturday.

A handful of Boise State's Mt. SAC Relays competitors will head to Norwalk, Calif., on Saturday (April 16) to compete at the Beach Invitational held at Cerritos College. The remainder of the Bronco track team will compete a bit closer to home on Saturday at the Mark Faldmo Invitational in Logan, Utah.


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