Broncos Wrap-Up Busy, Successful Weekend in Southern California

WALNUT, Calif. - Competing in their third and final day of the Mt. SAC Relays, the Boise State track and field team completes their long and eventful weekend in Southern California. Not only did the Broncos compete in the Mt. SAC Relays from April 15-17, but they have also previously participated in the California Invitational (April 14-15) and the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational (April 15-16) this weekend. On Saturday (April 17) they competed in their final meet that was run in conjunction with the Mt. SAC Relays, participating in the Beach Invitational.

A handful of Broncos who did not travel to Southern California headed over to La Grande, Ore., to participate in the Eastern Oregon Mountaineer Open on Saturday.

Head coach J.W. Hardy was pleased with the team's performances this weekend, "This was a very productive weekend for our team. We had several student-athletes achieve season or personal bests which is great to see as we continue to prepare for the WAC Championships."

After an excellent competition on Friday in the long jump, Boise State senior jumper Zacharias Arnos had the honor of competing in the top group of collegiate athletes in the triple jump on Saturday. Arnos competed in the men's triple jump invitational section, placing fourth with a jump of 53 feet, 9.75 inches. The jump also earned him a spot in the Boise State record books for the second straight day, placing him in third on the all-time top three performance list in the outdoor triple jump.

Also competing on the final day of the Mt. SAC Relays for Boise State was the men's 4x100-meter relay team, including Eric Capelle, Rolando Trammel, Per Strandquist and Marlon Douglas, placing fifth in the invitational section with a time of 41.14, a season-best.

Full Mt. SAC Relays meet results are available here:

Beginning the Beach Invitational on Friday (April 16) evening, hammer thrower Nadine Russell started the Broncos on the right foot, earning a ninth-place finish in the event with a 148 foot, 1 inch throw. On Saturday the throws continued with Mele Vaisima placing 13thth with a throw of 37 feet, 8 inches, while Russell also competed in the event, placing 29th with a toss of 36 feet, 11 inches. Vaisima also placed 12th in the discus throw with a mark of 145 feet while Osai placed 27th in the event with a mark of 128 feet, 10 inches. in the women's shot put with a season-best mark of 42 feet, 8.25 inches. Alyssa Osai placed 28

In the men's shot put, Chase Sexton had a season-best mark of 53 feet, 9.25 inches to place fifth. Sexton also participated in the discus throw, earning a 12th-place finish after throwing a near season-best of 156 feet, 7 inches.

Competing in the pole vault for the women were BreAnna Craig and Heidi Dorling, placing ninth and tying for 12th, respectively. Craig improved her height from the previous day by one inch, clearing 12 feet, 6.75 inches while Dorling struggled a bit, clearing only 11 feet, 9 inches. On the men's side of the pole vault competition, Daniel Thompson tied for sixth-place after clearing a outdoor career-best of 15 feet, 8.25 inches.

On the track several Broncos competed in the distance events, beginning with the 3000-meter steeplechase. On the women's side, Shea Hanson clocked a time of 11 minutes, 22.20 seconds to place fifth while Melody Braden was in eighth-place with her time of 11 minutes, 35.07 seconds. On the men's side of the event Zach Wiles was the top Bronco with his fourth-place finish and career-best time of 9 minutes, 17.34 seconds. Kevin Higgs was just behind in fifth-place and a time of 9 minutes, 17.42 seconds.

In the 400-meter dash, Paige Olivetti ran a season-best of 57.46 seconds to finish in 11th-place while Dusty Klein ran the men's 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 50.20 seconds to finish in 35th-place. Also in the sprints, freshman Racquel Jones earned a 12th-place finish in the 100-meter dash after running a time of 12.20 seconds in her race. Taryn Campos was in the same race, placing 24th in a time of 12.46 seconds. In the men's 100-meter dash Per Strandquist clocked a time of 11.20 seconds to finish in 30th-place while Paul Robertson was just behind with a time of 11.25 seconds, good for 34th-place. Jones also ran in the women's 200-meter dash where she was very successful with her time of 25.04 seconds and a sixth-place finish. Robertson also competed in the 200-meter dash for the men, placing 33rd with his time of 22.42 seconds while Strandquist placed 53rd with his time of 23.04 seconds.

Paige Orcutt and Jamie Knapp finish in 37th and 38th-places, respectively, in the 800-meter run after clocking solid times of 2 minutes, 20.62 seconds and 2 minutes, 20.94 seconds. Alexandria Bell also ran the 800-meter run, placing 50th with her time of 2 minutes, 25.62 seconds.

Full Beach Invitational results are available here:

A handful of Broncos who didn't make the trip to Southern California headed to Eastern Oregon for a bit of Saturday competition.

In the sprints, Andrea Wilson placed third in the 100-meter dash (12.99 seconds), while also leading the Broncos in the 200-meter dash with an eighth-place finish (26.30 seconds). Erica Hill placed 10th in the 200-meter dash (27.20 seconds) while Sam Alderman rounded out the race for the Broncos in 11th-place (26.70 seconds). Hill also participated in the 400-meter dash, placing seventh (1:02.65) while Alderman placed two spots behind in ninth (1:05.94). In the men's 400-meter hurdles Kevin Knight earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 1 minute, 0.41 seconds.

In the middle distances, Brittnee Sanchez led the Broncos in the 800-meter run, placing fifth (2:25.52) while Audi Balue placed ninth (2:43.32) and Breanne Whitlock placed 12th (2:46.78). The trio also raced in the 1500-meter run with Sanchez placing sixth (4:59.29), Whitlock in 13th (5:23.30) and Balue placing 17th (5:39.42). On the men's side, Nick Tatro led the men's 800-meter run, wining the event in a time of 1 minute, 56.76 seconds.

Brooke Demers was the only Bronco in a field event, placing third for the Broncos in the high jump clearing a height of 4 feet, 9 inches.

Full EOU Open results are available at:

After solid competitions throughout the weekend, the Boise State track team is turning the corner in their 2010 outdoor track and field season. They have competed in eight outdoor meets already, and have two remaining in the regular season. The Broncos prepare first for the competitive Robison Invitational hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah (April 23-24) followed by the Idaho-Utah Border Clash held in Bronco Stadium (April 30-May 1). Their final scheduled team competition of the season is May 12-15 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Ruston, La.

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