Broncos Earn Five Wins at Oregon Relays, NNU

EUGENE, Ore. - Boise State closed out a busy weekend of competition on Saturday (April 21) at the Oregon Relays and Northwest Nazarene University Invitational (Nampa, Idaho). The Broncos collected 15 career-best efforts on the day and five wins between the two meets.

Will Lohman led a solid crew of throwers at the Oregon Relays, picking up the win in the shot put with a career-best mark of 55'-3.75". Chase Sexton also competed in the event, placing third with a mark of 53'-11". Lohman also led the Broncos in the hammer throw, placing fourth win another career-best effort of 191'-2". Trevor Kraychir joined him in the hammer, placing fifth with a 189'-4" toss. Austin Hamilton was the final men's team member who threw at Oregon's historic Hayward Field, placing ninth in the javelin with a mark of 180'-5".

On the women's side Mele Vaisima led her teammates in the hammer throw, earning a second-place finish with a career-best mark of 201'-6". She becomes only the second Bronco woman to ever throw over 200-feet, and improves her No. 2 all-time spot, sitting just one-and-a-half feet behind the school record. Alyssa Osai placed fourth in the hammer throw with a 177'-3" effort, while Nadine Russell threw a career-best of 171'-5" to place sixth. Kady Stafford rounded out the Broncos, placing 10 th with a throw of 156'-7".

Boise State earned four wins at the NNU Invite on Saturday, two in the hurdles and two in the long distance events.

Tajanee Simmons won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.81-seconds, while Kate Holman followed behind in third (15.83). Emily Funkhouser earned the second hurdles title, winning the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:04.15. Megan Opatz also raced in the long hurdles, placing fifth in a career-best of 1:08.30. Opatz went on to place fifth in the 100-meters (13.20), while Holman placed sixth in the 200-meters (27.17).

Hayley Gregoire earned one win in the long distances, capturing the 5000-meter title in 18:43.73, while Carly Gerard placed third in a time of 19:15.52. Anna Preciado earned the final win for Boise State on Saturday, taking the 3000-meter steeplechase in a career-best time of 11:35.84. Melody Braden placed second in the race with a season-best time of 11:54.93, while Mattie Stanford placed fourth in a career-best effort of 12:18.65.

Also on the track Andrea Wilson led a crew of career-best times for Boise State in the 400-meters. Wilson clocked a 59.32-second time to place third, while Sam Alderman placed fourth in 59.88-seconds and Amelia Claud placed fifth in 1:00.71. Jamie Knapp earned another personal-best on the day, placing second in the 800-meters in 2:14.04. Marissa Opatz also earned a best time of 2:15.17 in the 800-meters, placing third.

In the jumps Alexis Keyes placed second in the long jump with a career-best effort of 17'-6.25". She also earned a third-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 36'-7.50". Michelle Glass picked up a second-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5'-1.25" to round out the jumpers. Jacque Wonenberg rounded out the women, placing second in the javelin with a career-best of 108'-0".

For the men Charlie Petrie ran a time of 1:53.15 in the 800-meters, placing third, while Kyler Osborne threw the javelin a career-best distance of 171'-7" to place fifth.

The Boise State women's 4x100-meter relay was reported on Friday to be competing in the Olympic/Elite division. Their competition section was changed to the University/Open division where they earned a second-place finish in a time of 45.88-seconds. They finished just .04-seconds out of first-place, as well as .04-seconds behind their season-best. Their time tied for the third-best time ever run in school history.

The Boise State track and field teams prepare for one final regular-season meet next weekend. They will travel to Provo, Utah, on Saturday, April 27-28, to compete at the Robison Invitational hosted by Brigham Young University.

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