Osai Leads Broncos with Robison Invitational Win

PROVO, Utah - The Boise State track team began their final regular season meet of 2012 on Friday at the Robison Invitational hosted by Brigham Young University. The Broncos raced in numerous preliminary rounds on the track, as well as competing in a handful of finals in the distance and field events. Alyssa Osai led the day picking up the only victory after winning the hammer throw with a mark of 185'-10".

Nadine Russell joined Osai, placing second with a career-best effort of 178'-10.50", while Kady Stafford placed ninth in the hammer throw with a mark of 158'-3.25".

Heidi Dorling earned the final field event placing on the day for the Bronco women, placing third in the pole vault with a height of 11'-2.75".

The 5000-meters was the only other final event for the women on Friday with Carly Gerard placing fifth (18:28.81) and Hayley Gregoire placing 12th (19:12.71).

Eight Bronco women earned qualifying marks in the sprints and hurdles during Friday's qualifying rounds. Destiny Gammage led the way earning a third-place finish in the 100-meters (11.78-seconds) and a fourth-place finish in the 200-meters (24.71-seconds) to qualify for Saturday's finals in both events. Racquel Jones joins her in the 200-meters after placing third in the prelims (24.50-seconds), as well as Steffanie Jordan who placed ninth (25.20-seconds). Mackenzie Flannigan was the final woman sprinter to advance, placing fourth in the 400-meters (57.05-seconds).

In the 100-meter hurdles Alexi Morton earned the top qualifying mark for the Broncos, placing third (14.49-seconds), while Tajanee Simmons was right behind in fourth (14.70-seconds). Kate Holman made the finals as well after her seventh-place finish (15.23-seconds).

On the men's side, the Broncos earned two second-place finishes in their field event finals on Friday. Will Lohman picked up the runner-up title in the shot put with a toss of 54'-2", while Eetu Viitala was second in the long jump with a mark of 24'-4.25". Kurt Felix placed just behind Viitala in third with a mark of 24'-2.25", while Edidiong Essien and Kenny Roseman placed ninth (22-6.50) and 15 th (21-4.75), respectively.  Austin Hamilton earned the final placing for the Broncos, finishing fourth in the javelin (178-5.75).

Seven Bronco men earned qualifying marks from Friday's preliminary rounds to Saturday's finals in the sprints and hurdles. Rolando Trammel led the men with two qualifying spots after a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (14.43-seconds) and a first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (52.00-seconds). Justin Malnes just edged out Trammel in the 110-meter hurdle prelims, earning the second-best qualifying time of 14.41-seconds. Bret Scheve and Anthony Belcher advance alongside Trammel in the intermediate hurdles after their seventh (54.76-seconds) and ninth-place (56.00-seconds) finishes, respectively.

In the sprints Eric Capelle earned a qualifying spot with his ninth-place finish in the 100-meters after running a 10.89-second race. Manoah Wesson and Paul Robertson earned the final qualifying spots on the day, placing sixth (49.05-seconds) and eighth (49.39-seconds), respectively, in the 400-meters.

Day two of the Robison Invitational begins Saturday (April 28) at 10 a.m. (MT) with the men's hammer throw and women's shot put. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relay, while the 4x400-meter relay caps off the meet at 4:25 p.m.

To follow live results and view a meet schedule, go to: http://byucougars.com/w-track-field/event/2012/byu-robison-invitational

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