Broncos Produce Solid Marks at Robison Invite

PROVO, Utah - The Boise State track and field team traveled to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for their final regular season road trip to compete in the 2010 Clarence Robison Invitational. After most events were canceled or postponed due to inclement weather on Friday, the meet was mostly contested on Saturday (April 24) at the Clarence Robison Track.

The Broncos earned a handful of first-place finishes while also earning numerous season and career-bests over the weekend, showing they are peaking for an excellent Western Athletic Conference meet in a few weeks. Eleni Kafourou earned season-bests in the long jump and triple jump, freshmen Racquel Jones and Taryn Campos earned career-bests in the sprints and Nadine Russell earned two career-bests in the throws for the women. On the men's side Michael Walrath earned a personal-best in the 800-meters while Rolando Trammel collected a personal-best time in the 110-meter hurdles.

Head coach J.W. Hardy was in good spirits with the team's performances, "I'm pleased with the progress we had this week. We just need to keep fine-tuning to make a run for the WAC Championships."

Friday's preliminary rounds of races were canceled and moved to finals on Saturday, while a handful of field events and the 5000-meter run were contested on Friday. Boise State's Eleni Kafourou had a very successful Friday evening in the long jump, earning a season-best mark with a jump of 20 feet, 11.50 inches to win the women's long jump. Teammate Racquel Jones also competed in the event, jumping 17 feet, 9 inches to place fourth. Kafourou went on to triple jump a season-best of 42 feet, 9.50 inches to win the triple jump as well as compete in the high jump on Saturday, placing seventh after clearing 5 feet, 4.25 inches. Ann Noyes earned a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 4 inches, a season-best.  

In the men's long jump on Friday, Rolando Trammel earned a big career-best mark of 23 feet, 1.25 inches to place third while Kurt Felix placed eighth with his jump of 22 feet, 10 inches. In the throws, Eetu Viitala competed in the javelin for the first time this season, throwing a mark of 192 feet, 3.75 inches to place fourth, while Chase Sexton earned a fifth-place finish in the discus throw with a season-best of 158 feet, 8 inches. Felix also competed in the discus earning a season-best of 123 feet, 6.75 inches to place 13th while also clearing 6 feet, 9.50 inches in the high jump to place second.

Saturday's events began around 10 a.m. with the women's hammer placing Nadine Russell in seventh with her toss of 162 feet, 7.25 inches for a season-best. Mele Vaisima was just behind in eighth-place with her throw of 160 feet, 9.25 inches while Alyssa Osai placed 11th with a mark of 153 feet, 1.75 inches. In the men's hammer, Alex Nelson threw for a personal-best of 198 feet, 3.50 inches to place second while Trevor Kraychir had a throw of 194 feet, 7.50 inches to place fourth.

In the women's shot put, Vaisima earned the top spot for the Broncos, placing 10th with her toss of 40 feet, 2.25 inches while Russell was just behind in 11th-place after a career-best mark of 40 feet, 0.25 inches. Sexton also competed in the men's shot put, placing seventh with his mark of 50 feet, 5 inches.

Pole vaulter Heidi Dorling picked up another top-three finish with her second-place mark of 11 feet, 11.75 inches in the invitational section of the event while teammate BreAnna Craig placed fifth with her mark of 11 feet, 5.75 inches.

In Saturday's running events, the women's 4x100-meter relay team of Jones, Megan Olivetti, Paige Olivetti and Destiny Gammage clocked a time of 46.42 seconds for a season-best and third place finish. Jones went on to place third in the 100-meter dash with her time of 12.05 seconds while Kafourou joined her in fourth-place with a time of 12.14 seconds. Andrea Wilson clocked a time of 13.15 seconds in the same race, placing 18th. Jones also clocked a career-best time in the 200-meter dash (24.14) to place third while Megan Olivetti placed seventh in the event with a season-best time (24.71). Paige Olivetti placed 10th (24.84) in the race while Taryn Campos clocked a career-best to place 12th in the race (24.97). In the men's 100-meter dash, Viitala was the top Bronco, placing sixth with a season-best of 11.06 seconds while Eric Capelle placed eighth with his time of 11.08 seconds.

In the hurdle races, Trammel had a big improvement on his personal-best in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 14.66 seconds to place third. On the women's side, Megan Olivetti earned a season-best of 13.94 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to win the event while Monisha Davis clocked a time of 14.16 seconds to place fourth. Marjani Maldonado was two spots behind in sixth-place with her time of 14.29 seconds while Tajanee Simmons clocked a time of 15.06 seconds to place 11th. Simmons, Maldonado and Davis placed seventh (1:04.78), eighth (1:07.06), and ninth (1:07.78), respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Emily Funkhouser led the Broncos in the race, placing third with a time of 1 minute, 2.85 seconds.

Freshman Piper Delaney ran a solid 1500-meter run, clocking a career-best time of 4 minutes, 49.40 seconds to finish in sixth-place. Brittnee Sanchez also ran well, clocking a time of 5 minutes, 21.90 seconds to finish 12th in the race. In the men's 1-mile run, Jeff Howard was the only Bronco in the race, clocking a time of 4 minutes, 25.50 seconds to place 12th in the race. Also racing in the middle distance races, Paige Orcutt clocked a time of 2 minutes, 30.44 seconds in the women's 800-meter run to place eighth, while Michael Walrath was the top male Broncos in the 800-meters, placing third with a career-best of 1 minute, 52.46 seconds. Dusty Klein placed fifth in the race, clocking a time of 1 minute, 53.77 seconds while Nick Tatro placed seventh (1:55.36) and Logan Fredrickson placed 10th (1:57.28).

In the 400-meter dash, freshman Taryn Campos crushed her career-best by nearly four seconds, clocking a time of 56.92 seconds to place sixth. Senior Paige Olivetti also had a solid race, placing 10th with her time of 58.57 seconds. On the men's side, Paul Robertson ran the 400-meter dash, tying his career-best of 48.90 seconds to place eighth. Robertson also placed ninth in the 200-meter dash (22.28) with a career-best time while Trammel placed fifth (21.88) and Capelle placed sixth (21.89), both earning top season marks.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team made up of Walrath, Klein, Fredrickson and Tatro placed fifth in the event with a time of 3 minutes, 21.61 seconds to round out the 2010 Robison Invite.

Full meet results are available at:

A handful of Broncos headed to Nampa, Idaho to compete in the Northwest Nazarene University Invitational.  

In the women's sprints, Erica Hill ran to a ninth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (13.31) while Sam Alderman placed 17th (14.00) in the same race. Hill also raced to an 11th place finish in the 200-meter dash (27.42).

In the middle-distance races, Jamie Knapp fared well in the 800-meter run, placing sixth (2:21.89) while Breanne Whitlock placed 14thth (2:44.06). Melody Braden led the Broncos in the 1500-meter run with her eighth-place finish (5:15.47) while Whitlock placed 11th (5:22.27). Kacie Bitzenburg and Chelsea Herren placed 12th and 14th, respectively in the race with times of 5 minutes, 24.14 seconds and 5 minutes, 38.06 seconds. In the men's 800-meter run, Ethan Slight earned a 16th-place spot (2:02.46) while Scott Foley earned a seventh-place finish in the 1500-meter run (4:12.59).

In the long distance races, Kevin Rosaaen picked up another win for Boise State, clocking a time of 15 minutes, 28.78 seconds to win the men's 5000-meter run. Cassidy Bigsby placed third in the event (16:37.84) while Carmichael placed fourth (17:28.31).

Full meet results are available at:

The Broncos have one regular-season meet remaining on their schedule, hosting the Idaho-Utah Border Clash April 30-May 1 at Bronco Stadium. They will continue on to the WAC Championships May 12-15 in Ruston, La., for their final scheduled team competition. A handful of Broncos will continue on to the NCAA First Round and NCAA Championship competitions.

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