BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State track and field program had a busy day Friday (April 20) competing at the Oregon Relays (Eugene, Ore.), the Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif. ) and the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational (Azusa, Calif.). The Broncos picked up a handful of career-best performances throughout the day, including one win by Chase Sexton in the Oregon Relays discus.
Sexton led a corps of Bronco throwers at the Oregon Relays earning a top-two sweep along with teammate Will Lohman. The pair went first and second in the discus competition with marks of 173'-6" and 164'-0", respectively.
Mele Vaisima and Alyssa Osai competed in the women's discus, placing fourth and seventh, respectively. Vaisima threw a mark of 150'-3", while Osai had a throw of 133'-3".
Two Bronco women wrapped up the day at the Oregon Relays in the javelin. Sasa Kampic placed fourth with a toss of 144'-9", a season-best, while Kristen Sowers had a career-best throw of 131'-10" to place seventh.
Eight Bronco throwers will continue competition on Saturday, April 21, at the Oregon Relays. The Broncos will compete in the men's and women's shot put, hammer throw and the men's javelin.
MT. SAC RELAYS
The Bronco spring and jumps groups were the main competitors for Boise State at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday.
Rolando Trammel was one of the busiest Broncos, competing in four events. His best finish was in the 110-meter hurdles, where he clocked a non-wind aided career-best of 14.19-seconds to place second. Not long after, Trammel raced to a ninth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing the finish in 52.69-seconds.
To kick off the meet Trammel teamed with Eric Capelle, Bret Scheve and Manoah Wesson to place sixth in the 4x100-meter relay (41.29-seconds). Trammel and Wesson joined with Paul Robertson and Jeff Daw later in the day, placing ninth in the 4x400-meter relay with a season-best time of 3:12.78.
Running both relays, and a pair of open events, Wesson was also busy placing 23 rd in the 400-meters (47.91-seconds) and 34th in the 200-meters (21.78).
Racing alongside Trammel, Justin Malnes placed 18 th in the 110-meter hurdles (14.61-seconds), while Anthony Belcher placed 35th in the 400-meter hurdles (55.56-seconds).
Rounding out the Bronco men at the Mt. SAC Relays, Dusty Klein ran a near career-best in the 800-meters (1:50.57) to place 27 th, while Matthew Moyer placed 41st in a season-best time (1:51.52).
Eetu Viitala was the final competitor for the Bronco men at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday, placing seventh in the long jump. Viitala earned the placing with a mark of 24'-4.50".
For the women, Racquel Jones earned the highest finish on the day, placing eighth in the long jump (19'-3.25"), as well as 22 nd in the 100-meters (11.98-seconds). Destiny Gammage joined Jones in the 100-meters, placing 32nd (12.08-seconds), while also racing to a career-best time of 24.27-seconds in the 200-meters, placing 27th.
Taryn Campos also raced in two events, placing 18 th in the 200-meters in 24.10-seconds, while also placing 25th in the 400-meters in 55.40-seconds, both career-best times. Mackenzie Flannigan ran the same two races, placing 41st in the 400-meters (57.71-seconds) and 49th in the 200-meters (25.18-seconds). Cyntrail Pierce joined the pair in the 400-meters placing 40th in a season-best time of 56.73-seconds.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Tajanee Simmons was the top Bronco, running a time of 14.82-seconds to place 38 th. Alexi Morton also competed in the event, running a 15.13-second race, good for 43rd-place.
Danielle Valentine closed out the day at the Mt. SAC Relays for Boise State, placing 10 th in the pole vault after clearing 12'-5.50".
The Broncos continue competition on Saturday, April 21, with the women's 4x100-meter relay racing in the Mt. SAC Relays Olympic Development/Elite race at 2:50 p.m. (MT).
BRYAN CLAY INVITATIONAL
Ten Broncos competed at the APU Bryan Clay Invitational on Friday, finishing as high as second in two events.
Newcomer and former Bronco basketball player Heather Pilcher was one of the two second-place finishers, jumping 19'-2.50" in the long jump. Fellow jumper Debra Johnson earned the second runner-up title in the triple jump with a mark of 39'-10.75". Johnson also competed alongside Pilcher in the long jump, placing 24 th (17'-2.75"), while Shannon Jacobs placed fourth with a season-best mark of 18'-8".
Danielle Valentine, who also competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in the pole vault, participated in an early morning pole vault competition at the Bryan Clay Invite. She and teammate Heidi Dorling tied for sixth-place in the event after both clearing 11'-5.75".
Rounding out the Bronco women at the Bryan Clay Invite, Jessica Bottelberghe ran a career-best time of 2:14.46 to place ninth in the 800-meters, while Paige Orcutt placed 25 th in a time of 2:17.76, an outdoor career-best time.
For the men, Kenny Roseman collected a sixth-place finish in the triple jump (48'-3.25"), as well as a seventh-place finish in the long jump with a career-best mark (23'-4.75"). Edidiong Essien joined him in the long jump, placing 11 th with a career-best jump of 22'-9".
Chris Manuele rounded out the meet for the Broncos clearing 14'-11" to tie for 11 th in the pole vault.
Boise State will have a large group of team members competing closer to home on Saturday (April 21) when they participate in the Northwest Nazarene University Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.