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".
NORTHWEST NAZARENE UNIVERSITY INVITATIONAL
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.
MT. SAC RELAYS UPDATE
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.