Broncos Compete at Mt.SAC, Bryan Clay Invite

WALNUT, Calif. - The Boise State track and field team continued their busy trip to Southern California on Friday, participating in day two of the Mt. SAC Relays hosted by Mt. San Antonio College as well as a handful of athletes competing in the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific University. The Broncos, who continue to improve on season and career-bests, will continue competition on Saturday with the final day of the Mt. SAC Relays as well as competing in their third meet of the weekend, the Beach Invitational held at Cerritos College.

"I am pleased with the performances of our kids this weekend," said head coach JW Hardy. "They are moving in the right direction for an impressive showing at the Conference Championships."

In day two of the Mt. SAC Relays University/Open Divisions the Broncos had another solid day of competition winning one event on the day.

Senior Zacharias Arnos jumped his way into the Boise State records books, recording a mark of 25 feet, 4 inches, good for a first-place finish in the men's long jump (university/open division). Arnos' mark takes the place of the No. 3 spot in the Boise State outdoor men's long jump records. In the same event, Eetu Viitala had a jump of 23 feet, 10.75 inches, good for fifth-place while Rolando Trammelth in the event. In the women's counterpart of the event, Eleni Kafourou placed fourth with a jump of 19 feet, 8 inches. placed 15

In the men's open (university) shot put Chase Sexton earned a seventh-place finish with a toss of 53 feet, 11.75 inches. Trevor Kraychir also fared well for the Bronco throwers, adding a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 197 feet, 4 inches. Teammate Alex Nelson recorded the same distance, but placed one spot behind in fifth. In the women's hammer, Mele Vaisima earned a 19th-place finish after throwing 174 feet. Also in the throws, Pontus Thomee finished fourth in the men's javelin with a season-best 226 feet, 7 inches. In the women's javelin, Sasa Kampic threw a mark of 148 feet, 6 inches, placing 19th in the event.

Also in the field events, three Bronco women participated in the pole vault. BreAnna Craig and Heidi Dorling tied for a second-place finish, each clearing 12 feet, 5.5 inches, a season-best to Dorling. Annelise Bertleson competed in her first vault competition of the outdoor season, clearing 11 feet, 9.75 inches for an eighth-place finish.

On the track, sprinter Destiny Gammage recorded a 12th-place finish in the women's 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 12.14 seconds. In the men's 100-meter dash Eric Capelle earned a 28th-place finish in a time of 10.94 seconds while Marlon Douglas placed 40th in a time of 11.14 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash Gammage clocked a career-best of 24.83 seconds to place 26th, while Taryn Campos clocked a career-best of 25.14 seconds to finish in 37th-place. Capelle also ran the 200-meter dash, racing to a 24th-place finish in a time of 21.87, good for the fastest time by a Bronco this season.

Also in the women's sprints, Marjani Maldonado placed 19th in the university division of the 400-meter hurdles running a time of 1 minute, 2.38 seconds. Emily Funkhouser and Tajanee Simmons placed 26th and 28th, respectively, in the same race, clocking times of 1 minute, 3.60 and 1 minute, 4.55 seconds. In the men's 400-meter hurdles, Trammel placed second with a time of 52.58 seconds.

"The hurdlers had an overall solid day at the Mt SAC Relays," said sprints and hurdles coach Kelley Watson. "Our training and performance goals are still focused on winning a WAC title; this meet was just another step towards that goal."

In the women's 400-meter dash, Paige Olivetti ran a time of 57.56 seconds to place 24th in the top women's 400-meter race. Paul Robertson ran the men's version of the top quarter mile race, placing 17th overall and running a career-best time of 48.90 seconds.

Megan Olivetti raced her way to a 10 th-place finish in a time of 13.95 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, good for a season-best in the event. Monisha Davis ran a season-best time of 14.15 seconds to finish in 15th-place.

Ending the evening with the 5000-meter runs, Bronco Carly Gerard finished in 32nd-place in the women's "Open C" race, clocking a time of 18 minutes, 9.61 seconds.

Saturday's events at the Mt. SAC Relays will consist of a few invitational divisions of the university/open competitions while much of the day will be high school and elite competitions.

Full meet results can be found at:

Opening the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational on Thursday afternoon, Alyssa Osai and Nadine Russell competed in the women's elite hammer throw. Osai placed seventh with a throw of 157 feet, 2 inches while Russell had a toss of 140 feet, 5 inches to place tenth.

On Saturday Paige Orcutt ran the women's 400-meter dash, placing 41st in a time of 1 minute, 2.77 seconds, good for a season-best. Orcutt also ran the women's 800-meters, placing 21st in a time of 2 minutes, 20.37 seconds. Jamie Knapp also ran in the 800-meter race, clocking a time of 2 minutes, 23.37 seconds to finish in 31st place.

In Saturday's field events, Daniel Thompson participated in the pole vault, clearing a height of 14 feet, 11 inches, good for a sixth-place tie.

The Bryan Clay Invitational concludes with Saturday's competitions. Full results can be found at:

Final weekend results will be available Saturday at the completion of each of the meets.

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