COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Boise State track and field team competed well on a cold, cloudy day three of the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Air Force Academy. The Broncos earned four all-conference honors on Friday (May 11), while also qualifying 10 student-athletes to Saturday's final rounds on the track.
The Bronco men head into the final day of competition in second-place with a total of 64.50-points. They chase host Air Force who has 67-points heading into the final day. The Bronco women hold a 32-point total and a fourth-place spot, between TCU (44 points) and New Mexico (25.50 points)
Eight men scored for Boise State on Friday, with the men's steeplechase competitors collecting a solid group of points with Broncos finishing in third, fourth and fifth. Allan Schroeder ran a time of 9:32.27 to place third and earn all-conference honors. Sawyer Bosch fought him to the tape, clocking a 9:32.56 finish, good for fourth-place. Zach Wiles picked up the fifth-place spot in 9:37.23.
Eetu Viitala picked up the best finish on the day for the men, placing second in the long jump with a mark of 24'-2.25, good for all-conference honors. Rolando Trammel also picked up points, placing seventh in the long jump with a mark of 23'-5.25". Kurt Felix also earned points in the jump for the men after tying for fifth in the high jump with a height of 6'-6.75".
Chase Sexton and Will Lohman picked up another eight points in the men's discus after placing third and seventh, respectively. Sexton earned all-conference honors after nearly hitting a career-best mark of 178'-0". Lohman placed seventh with his 160'-0" throw, not far from a season-best.
Closing out the day on the track, Scott Foley picked up a fourth-place finish in a rainy 10000-meter race, running a 31:30.70 mark.
Opening the day with the first event on a cold, breezy morning, Alyssa Osai scored points with her fourth-place finish in the hammer throw. She jumped from seventh to fourth on her fifth throw of the competition, 188'-6", to finish fourth and earn her second-best throw of the season. Osai went on to pick up an eighth-place finish in the discus later in the day with a mark of 145'-11".
The women's 3000-meter steeplechase had two Bronco scorers with Marissa VanderMalle picking up the first all-conference honors for the Bronco women on Friday. VanderMalle clocked a time of 11:15.78 to place third in the event, while Shea Hanson earned a sixth-place finish with her 11:29.02 time.
Danielle Valentine earned two points for the women after clearing her second-best height this season, 12'-3.50" to place seventh in the women's pole vault.
Erin McLaughlin and Taryn Treadway closed out races on Friday, competing in the 10000-meters, the final women's event on the track. The pair raced through a very cold and rainy competition, working hard to gain ground and both earn scoring spots at the finish. McLaughlin was out-leaned at the finish, earning a seventh-place finish in 37:38.75. Treadway picked up the eight-place spot in a time of 38:16.83.
Eight men and two women advance to Saturday's finals out of Friday's qualifying rounds.
Rolando Trammel is a double qualifier, advancing in the 110-meter hurdles (14.45) and 400-meter hurdles (53.74) after placing seventh and fourth, respectively.
Justin Malnes advanced to the 110-meter hurdles final along with Trammel after running a career-best time of 14.24-seconds to place third. Bret Scheve advances in the intermediate hurdles after placing sixth with a career-best time of 54.13-seconds.
Eric Capelle advances to the 100-meter finals after placing sixth in the prelims with a 10.85-second mark. Manoah Wesson is the second-place qualifier in the 400-meters after running a 48.14-second race, while Jeff Daw joins him in the finals after placing fifth in a career-best time of 48.49-seconds. Dusty Klein and Matthew Moyer round out the Bronco men's qualifiers after placing seventh (1:54.78) and eighth (1:55.31) in the 800-meters, respectively.
On the women's side Destiny Gammage advances in the 100-meters and 200-meters, after placing fifth and fourth, respectively. Gammage clocked a time of 12.07-seconds in the 100-meters, while notching a career-best mark of 24.20-seconds in the 200-meters. Taryn Campos advances to the 200-meter and 400-meter finals after placing fifth in the 200-meters (24.33) and fourth in the quarter-mile with her second-best time of the season (55.71).
The final day of the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championship begins Saturday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m. (MT) with the women's shot put. The women's 4x100-meter relay kicks-off the running events at 12:30 p.m.
For full meet results, go to: http://www.rtspt.com/events/mwc/2012_outdoor/
The Mountain West Championship Central can be found out: http://www.themwc.com/champ/otrack-champ-2012.html