Broncos, Seniors Produce Solid Marks at 2010 Border Clash

BOISE, Idaho - The final home track and field meet of 2010 was a very successful one, marking the first-ever Idaho-Utah Border Clash as well as numerous Broncos earning season and career best marks. The meet was the first of hopefully many duals between Idaho and Utah where all full Idaho teams competing faced off against full Utah teams. In the inaugural border clash, the Idaho women, combined of Boise State and Northwest Nazarene, were able to defeat Utah's team, made up of Weber State and Utah State, with a score of 333.0-308.0. On the men's side, the two same Utah teams combined to defeat the same two Idaho teams as the women, winning 363.0-200.0.

"We were very excited to host the first year of the Idaho-Utah Border Clash," explained head coach J.W. Hardy. "The meet was a great success and there were a lot of solid performances from all of the teams."

The Broncos were able to pick up eight event wins on the women's side, as well as, six event wins for the men. Combined, the Bronco men and women were also able to produce 27 new season or career-best marks in the meet.

"I am confident about how well we have prepared," said Hardy. "We are well prepared heading into the WAC Championships and continue to improve little by little each week."

 A highlight of the meet was the recognition of the team's six seniors: Annelise Bertleson, Eleni Kafourou, Paige Olivetti, Megan Olivetti, Marlon Douglas and Zacharias Arnos.

In their final meet at Bronco Stadium, the six seniors were all able to produce solid marks prepping them for the final meets of the season. Paige Olivetti had an outstanding day, winning the 400-meter dash with a season-best of 55.99 seconds and also placing second in the 200-meter dash with a season-best of 24.55 seconds. Her sister Megan Olivetti ran in the 100-meter hurdles where she clocked a time of 14.56 seconds to finish in fourth-place.

Eleni Kafourou picked up two first-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump. She had a mark of 20 feet, 5.75 inches in the long jump and earned a season-best mark of 43 feet, 2.5 inches to win the triple jump. Megan Olivetti and Kafourou joined forces with Destiny Gammage and Racquel Jones to form the 4x100-meter relay team which placed second with a time of 47.32 seconds. Annelise Bertleson earned a third place finish in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 11.75 inches.

Senior Zacharias Arnos picked up two more wins for the Broncos, earning the long and triple jump titles as well. He had a mark of 23 feet, 10.75 inches in the long jump and 52 feet, 0.50 inches in the triple jump to earn two of the six Bronco men's event wins. Marlon Douglas competed on the men's 4x100-meter relay, helping his team, made up of Per Strandquist, Eric Capelle, Eetu Viitala and Douglas, to a second-place finish in a 41.58 second time.

On the women's side freshman Racquel Jones was a big help in the sprints, winning the 100-meter dash with a new career-best time of 11.98 seconds. Destiny Gammage came in as runner-up with a time of 12.24 seconds while Taryn Campos earned a career-best mark of 12.29 seconds in the 100-meter dash to place fourth. Campos also went on to a career-best in the 200-meter dash, winning the event in 24.47 seconds. Gammage placed third in the 200-meter dash with a career-best time of 24.79 seconds while Marjani Maldonado rounded out the scoring Broncos in the 200-meters, placing seventh in a time of 25.54 seconds. With Olivetti earning the win in the 400-meters, teammate Joi Glass also earned four points for the Idaho team with her fifth-place finish and season-best time of 58.12 seconds.

 In the 100-meter hurdles three Broncos placed in the top-eight including Monisha Davis who clocked a career-best time of 14.03 seconds to win the event. Maldonado placed second with a career-best of 14.07 seconds Megan Olivetti rounded out the Broncos. In the 400-meter hurdles, Lacy Hopkins was the lone Bronco competing in the event. She clocked a time of 1 minute, 9.08 seconds to place fourth.

In the longer races, Shea Hanson had a career day earning a second-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time. Her time of 11 minutes, 3.0 seconds was not only a career-best, but also put her in the Bronco record books as the third-best performer in school history. Brittanee Sanchez earned an eighth-place finish for the Broncos in the 1500-meter run (5:07.84), while Paige Orcutt was the top Bronco in the 800-meter run, clocking a career-best time of 2 minutes, 19.94 seconds for a ninth-place finish.

In the jumping events, Kafourou led the Broncos with wins in the horizontal jumps. Jones joined Kafourou in the long jump, placing second to sweep the top-two spot after jumping 18 feet, 5.25 inches. In the pole vault BreAnna Craig earned another win for Boise State clearing 12 feet, 5.50 inches. Heidi Dorling earned a second-place finish in the vault with a height of 11 feet, 11.75 inches. Brooke Demers rounded out the Broncos' jumpers, clearing 4 feet, 9 inches in the high jump to place seventh.

Junior Sasa Kampic led the Bronco women's throwers picking up a win in the javelin on Saturday. Kampic threw for a mark of 135 feet, 1 inch to win the event. In the shot put, Mele Vaisima placed fifth with a toss of 40 feet, 0.50 inches, while Alyssa Osai placed sixth with her season-best mark of 39 feet, 10.75 inches to score seven more points for the Idaho team. Osai was the only scoring Bronco in the discus earning a fourth-place finish with a throw of 130 feet, 3 inches.

On the men's side of the sprints, Per Strandquist earned a career-best time of 10.81 seconds in the 100-meter dash to place third. Eric Capelle also scored for the Broncos in that race, placing sixth in a time of 11.02 seconds. In the 200-meter dash Paul Robertson placed fifth with a time of 22.38 seconds while Michael Walrath ran to a season-best time of 22.69 seconds to place sixth. Robertson also earned a career-best mark in the 400-meter dash, placing third in a time of 48.59 seconds while Walrath had a career-best time of 49.39 seconds to place seventh.

Freshman Kevin Rosaaen led the longer races for the Broncos, picking up a win in the 3000-meter run (9:10.80) while Scott Foley helped with the one-two sweep, placing second (9:17.66). Quinten Hennekam earned a season-best time (1:55.78) in the 800-meter run to place sixth, while Austin Edwards placed seventh with a season-best (1:56.13) and Logan Fredrickson placed eighth (1:56.49).

Zacharias Arnos led a solid finish for Boise State in the long jump, with four Broncos finishing in the top-five of the event. Eetu Viitala earned a second-place finish after jumping 23 feet, 9.50 inches while Kurt Felix (23-4) and Eric Capelle (21-3.25) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, with season-bests. Daniel Thompson was the sole Bronco pole vaulter to clear a height, placing second after jumping 14 feet, 11 inches.

Saturday's only throwing events for the men were the shot put and discus with Chase Sexton competing as the only Bronco in both events. Sexton earned a second-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 50 feet, 5.25 inches, as well as, placing third in the discus with a season-best mark of 159 feet, 9 inches.

The Broncos conclude their 2010 regular season with the Idaho-Utah Border Clash and set their sights on the 2010 WAC Championships held May 12-15 in Ruston, La.

Full meet results are available at the link above.

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