Broncos Fare Well at ISU Springfest, Oregon Relays, NNU Invite

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team divided to three meets this weekend, with the majority of the team traveling east to Pocatello, Idaho, to compete in the ISU Springfest Collegiate Shootout Saturday (April 23). Two smaller groups of Broncos headed west to compete in the Oregon Relays in Eugene, Ore., on Friday and Saturday (April 22-23), as well as the Northwest Nazarene Invite in Nampa, Idaho, on Saturday (April 23).

The Bronco women picked up six victories at the ISU Springfest meet with one of the most impressive events, 100-meters, resulting in a first-through-sixth place finish for Boise State.  Racquel Jones earned the top spot, clocking a season-best time of 12.03-seconds for the win. Destiny Gammage placed second (12.04) while Mackenzie Flannigan came in third (12.28), both in career-best times. Taryn Campos earned a season-best mark of 12.30-seconds to place fourth, while Yvonne Bennett placed fifth (12.37) and Shannon Jacobs placed sixth (12.43), respectively, with career-best times.

Teaming for another impressive result, Gammage, Campos, Jones and Cyntrail Pierce formed the third-fastest 4x100-meter relay team in Boise State history. The relay team clocked a time of 46.22-seconds to win the event and surpass the former third-best mark in school history of 46.23-seconds (1990). Jacobs, Flannigan, Bennett and Steffanie Jordan teamed for a third-place finish as the Boise State "B" team, clocking a time of 47.19-seconds.

Taking additional top-three finishes, Campos, Gammage and Flannigan swept the top-three spots in the 200-meters with Campos running a season-best 24.99-seconds for the win. Gammage placed second with a 25.13-second time, while Flannigan was clocked in 25.29-seconds for third-place.

In the hurdles, Tajanee Simmons earned another win for the team, running the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.82-seconds. Carly Gerard also earned a win in the 5000-meters, running a time of 18:30.23.

Pierce also placed in the top-three in the sprints, placing second in the 400-meters in a career-best time of 56.27-seconds. Jones collected a third win on the day, taking the long jump title with a distance of 18-6.0 (5.64m). Also earning a top-three finish in the field events was Rachelle Buck, who collected a second-place finish in the discus with a near-best of 133-9 (40.77m).

For the Bronco men, Edidiong Essien had a successful day, earning three top-three finishes. His first of the day came in the 100-meter dash where he placed second in a career-best time of 10.88-seconds. He went on to place third in the 200-meters with a time of 22.36-seconds, while also placing third in the long jump with a mark of 21-11.50 (6.69m).

Jeff Daw earned a top-three finish in the 400-meter dash, clocking an outdoor career-best time of 48.93-seconds to place second in the event. Mathew Moyer also earned a top-three spot, placing third in the 800-meters with a time of 1:55.45.

A handful of sprinters, throwers and distance runners headed west to the 2011 Oregon Relays at Hayward Field, Friday and Saturday (April 22-23).

Chase Sexton came away as the top-Bronco this weekend, earning two wins in the discus and shot put, respectively. Sexton recorded a personal-best throw of 173-0 (52.73m) on Friday evening to win the discus. He returned on Saturday to win the shot put with a mark of 53-3.50 (16.24m).

Picking up the third and final win of the meet for Boise State, the men's 4x400-meter relay team, made up of Karrie Butler, Rolando Trammel, Manoah Wesson and Paul Robertson, clocked a time of 3:13.83 for a season-best time. Butler, Trammel and Wesson joined with Justin Malnes to place second in the 4x100-meter relay, also recording a season-best time of 41.55-seconds. Malnes also placed third in the 110-meter hurdles, running a near-best of 14.55-seconds.

On Friday, Rici Morill earned a top-three finish, placing second in the 800-meter "B" section with a personal-best time of 2:13.89. Also running a personal-best on Friday was Sawyer Bosch, who placed 15th in the men's McChesney Jr. Special 5000-meter run with a time of 14:33.45. Jeff  Howard and Brian Pierre also ran in the 5000-meters, placing 16th (14:37.19) and 18th (15:10.48), respectively.

In Friday's throwing events, Alyssa Osai placed eighth in the discus with a mark of 134-1 (40.88m), while Sasa Kampic placed 10 th in the javelin with a mark of 133-2 (40.59m).

On Saturday Osai placed 10 th in the hammer throw with a mark of 155-1 (47.27m). Teammate Nadine Russell placed eighth in the hammer, recording a career-best throw of 166-2 (50.65m). On the men's side Alex Nelson placed fourth in the hammer with a mark of 203-10 (62.13m), while Trevor Kraychir placed just behind in fifth with a mark of 196-5 (59.88m).

Pontus Thomee placed fifth in the javelin throw with a season-best mark of 223-2 (68.03m), while Alex Cartwright placed seventh with a mark of 202-3 (61.65m).

On the track Saturday, Anthony Belcher picked up a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, running a time of 55.67-seconds.

In the 3000-meter steeplechase, Kevin Higgs earned a third-place finish, running a near-best of 9:09.11. Allan Schroeder finished sixth in the same race, running a time of 9:36.18. On the women's side, Kate Jette earned a fifth-place finish in the steeplechase (11:21.02), while Shea Hanson placed seventh (11:30.27).

Eight Broncos stayed a bit closer to home, heading to Nampa, Idaho, to participate in the Northwest Nazarene Invitational on Saturday.

Melody Braden came away with the only win for Boise State, clicking a season-best of 12:30.01 to take the 3000-meter steeplechase title.

In the 1500-meter run, Kacie Bitzenburg ran to a 13 th-place finish (5:16.16), while Danielle Zehrung placed 16th (5:34.90). Also in the middle distance events, Alexandria Bell placed sixth in the 800-meters, running a time of 2:25.89. Chrystal Moore placed 10th in the 800-meters (2:35.78), while Audie Balue placed 12th (2:37.90).

Sam Amundson was the only field event competitor for the Bronco women, tying for seventh-place in the pole vault (8-0.75).

Geoff Moore was the only male competing for the Broncos at the NNU Invite. Moore raced to a 10 th-place finish in the 800-meters, clocking a season-best time of 1:59.36.

The Broncos will come together next weekend, all competing in Boise, Idaho in the Idaho-Utah Border Clash, April 29-30. The meet is slated for a tentative 2:30 p.m. (Mountain) start on Friday, as well as a tentative 10 a.m. start on Saturday. The final meet schedule will be posted mid-week.

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