Broncos Earn Five Wins on Day One of Idaho-Utah Border Clash

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team began their final regular season meet on Friday (April 29), hosting the Idaho-Utah Border Clash at Bronco Stadium. The day's events included day one of the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon competitions as well as a handful of individual field events and track events.

Representing the Broncos in the heptathlon, freshman Alexi Morton was the only Bronco on the men's or women's side to compete in the two-day multi-events. Morton had a solid first day of competition, winning all four events. Morton clocked a time of 14.88-seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to win the first event of the day by nearly two-seconds, while going on to tie with McKinzie Anderson of Idaho State in the high jump by clearing 4-11.50. In the shot put, Morton won by nearly four-feet with a toss of 33-11.25 and finished off her first day with a time of 26.52-seconds in the 200-meters.

Picking up the first win of the day, junior Sasa Kampic won the women's javelin with a toss of 124-5, while teammate Andrea Morones placed eighth with a throw of 97-11.

Also earning a win for the Bronco women, Racquel Jones picked up the long jump title with a big lifetime-best jump of 19-9.0. Cyntrail Pierce, Shannon Jacobs and Kimberly Miller swept the fourth through sixth-place spots with jumps of 18-6.50, 18-3 and 18-1.50 for a strong Bronco jumping corps.

In the discus, Rachelle Buck earned the top spot for Boise State, placing fourth with a throw of 135-1, while Alyssa Osai placed right behind in fifth with a 134-5 mark.

On the track for the Bronco women, Melody Braden was the only runner, placing 11th in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:24.4.

For the men, no Broncos participated in track events, but the team was successful in the field. Alex Cartwright earned the first win of the day for the men, capturing the javelin title with a career-best throw of 209-3. Alex Nelson followed suit in the discus, capturing the title and setting a career-best mark of 211-10, topping teammate Trevor Kraychir who placed second with a throw of 196-7.

In the men's jumps Eetu Viitala led the charge, winning the long jump title with a mark of 23-11.75. Rolando Trammel placed second, improving his career outdoor best mark and tying his overall best mark of 23-6.25. Anthony Belcher jumped a near-best of 20-3, placing ninth, while Edidiong Essien finished in 11th-place with a jump of 19-7.0.

Closing out the day for the men, Daniel Thompson cleared a height of 14-6.75 in the pole vault to place fourth, while Nathan Balcirak jumped 14-9.75 for a sixth-place finish.

The majority of the meet's track events, as well as day two of the multi's and a few remaining field events will be contested on Saturday. The multi's are scheduled to kick-off the day with a 9:30 a.m. start of the decathlon 110-meter hurdles. The day's track and field events begin with the women's high jump and the men's 5000-meter run, both slated for 10:30 a.m. starts. The final event of the women's 4x400-meter relay is scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. start.

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