Boise State Earns 17 Event Wins at Border Clash
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team wrapped up its 2011 regular season on Saturday (April 30), hosting day two of the Idaho-Utah Border Clash. The Broncos added six women's titles and six men's titles to the five they earned on Friday afternoon, totaling 17 event wins. Boise State also racked up 32 top-three finishes on Saturday, proving to be ready for the Western Athletic Conference Championships in two weeks.
Continuing successes from Friday when she won the long jump title, Racquel Jones picked up three more wins on Saturday in the 100-meters, 200-meters and 4x100-meter relay. Jones clocked a new career-best time of 11.74-seconds in the 100-meters. The time ties the school record, but was a wind aided time with 4.8 reading. In the 200-meters she also earned a career-best running 24.41-seconds, while also helping her relay, also including Destiny Gammage, Shannnon Jones and Cyntrail Pierce, to a time of 46.53-seconds.
Gammage also ran well on Saturday, picking up a second-place finish in the 100-meters with a career-best of 11.84-seconds and placing fourth in the 200-meters with a time of 24.70-seconds.
Mackenzie Flannigan and Taryn Campos joined Jones and Gammage in a first through fourth-place sweep of the 200-meters. Jones was first, while Flannigan clocked a career-best of 24.54-seconds for a second-place finish. Campos ran a time of 24.56-seconds to place third, while Gammage was fourth with a time of 27.40-seconds.
Campos also came out and earned a second-place finish in the 400-meters with a time of 58.19-seconds.
Pierce joined Emily Field, Steffanie Jordan and Yvonne Bennett to place second in the 4x400-meter relay with a season-best time of 3:49.39.
The Broncos also had a big sweep in the women's 3000-meter run with Lauren Lucas placing first (10:37.89), Carly Gerard placing second (10:39.95) and Erin McLaughlin placing third (10:42.16). Taryn Treadway and Piper Delaney earned fourth and fifth-place finishes with times of 10:46.33 and 11:00.36, respectively, for a top-five sweep.
Combining the track and field events, Alexi Morton completed her second of two days in the women's heptathlon on Saturday. Morton, who led the seven-event competition after the first day, earned the heptathlon title with a score of 4,618-points. She won the long jump with an outdoor career-best jump of 18-11.25, while also placing second in the javelin with a mark of 88-3. She finished up her day with a second-place finish in the 800-meters in a time of 2:35.5.
For the men, Rolando Trammel also picked up three wins on the day, victorious in the 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay. Trammel clocked a career-best time in the short hurdles, running 14.13-seconds, while also running a time of 52.75-seconds. His 4x100-meter relay team clocked a time of 41.48-seconds for a season-best time as well.
Joining in the short hurdles, Justin Malnes placed second in the race, also running a career-best time of 14.34-seconds. Anthony Belcher raced in the longer hurdles, placing second behind Trammel with a time of 55.71-seconds.
Also picking up a win on Saturday, Karrie Butler raced to a career-best time of 47.80-seconds in the 400-meters, as well as joining the winning 4x400-meter relay to clock a time of 3:15.52. Butler ran a second career-best on the day, placing third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.71-seconds. Manoah Wesson joined in the relay as well, while also placing second in the 400-meters with a time of 48.13-seconds.
Edidiong Essien also earned a career-best time on Saturday, placing second in the 100-meters in a time of 10.82-seconds.
In the longer races, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald ran to a second-place finish in the 1500-meters crossing the finish in a time of 4:06.52. Allan Schroeder also earned a runner-up title with a 9:05.37 result in the 3000-meter run. Dusty Klein ran a time of 1:55.63 in the 800-meters, earning a third-place finish.
In the field events, Chase Sexton had another career day, topping his lifetime best in the discus by four-feet after setting his previous best last week. Sexton had a toss of 177-2 to win the discus with that career mark. He also went on to earn a second-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 52-1.75.
In the jumps, Josh Butler earned top-three finishes in the high jump and triple jump. He cleared 6-4 in the high jump to place third, while also jumping 47-6.25 to place third in the triple jump.
The meet was capped with a 'Senior Day' presentation, as well as races against Buster Bronco and an autograph session with the track and field team.
The Broncos conclude their regular season schedule with the Idaho-Utah Border Clash and prepare for the WAC Championships in two weeks. The University of Hawai'i will play host to the 2011 Outdoor WAC Championships Tuesday-Friday, May 10-13.
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