Broncos Place Second, Seventh in Final WAC Championships

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships came to a close Friday (May 13) night at the Clarence T.C. Ching Track Complex on the University of Hawai'i campus. Boise State collected second and seventh-place team finishes for the men and women, respectively, while also earning five individual titles over the weekend.

The Boise State men's team collected the runner-up title, falling only 11.67-points to team champion Utah State. The Broncos scored 169.33-points while the Aggies tallied 180-points for the win. Louisiana Tech placed third in the men's race with 123-points.

On the women's side, Boise State placed seventh with 69-points. Louisiana Tech collected their seventh-straight team title with 152-points, while Utah State placed second (138) and Nevada placed third (125.5).

Boise State added two individual wins to their collection on Saturday with Danielle Valentine topping the women's pole vault competition and Alex Nelson earning the men's hammer title.

Valentine made Bronco history by earning the first outdoor conference women's pole vault title for Boise State, while setting a career-best mark of 12-7.50 and earning All-WAC First Team honors. Her jump also tied for the Boise State school record held by teammate BreAnna Craig (2010). Fellow vaulter, Heidi Dorling, snagged an All-WAC Second Team honor with her fourth-place finish and 11-9.75 jump.

Nelson snagged his first career title on Friday when he threw 206-11 to win the men's hammer throw. Teammate Trevor Kraychir helped with a 1-2 sweep, placing second with a toss of 195-7. Nelson and Kraychir each earned first team honors with their efforts.

Earning the 2011 WAC Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year and 2011 WAC High Point Award Winner, Rolando Trammel collected 31.83-points over two days, earning all but eight of those points on Friday. Trammel jumped a lifetime best of 49-0.25 in the triple jump to place second, while also clearing 6-5.50, an outdoor career best, to tie for fourth in the high jump. He went on to place second in the 110-meter hurdles with a lifetime best time of 14.32-seconds, as well as placing fifth in the 400-meter hurdles, running a time of 53.97-seconds after suffering a fall over the second hurdle. Trammel earned three All-WAC First Team honors, as well as four second team nods.

Trammel was also a member of the third-place 4x100-meter relay, joining Justin Malnes, Edidiong Essien and Manoah Wesson to run a season-best time of 41.32-seconds. He also joined Wesson, Karrie Butler and Jeff Daw to place second in the 4x400-meter relay with a season-best time of 3:12.66.

Also successful in the jumps on Saturday, Josh Butler earned second and third-place finishes. Josh Butler jumped a lifetime-best of 6-8.75 to finish as the men's high jump runner-up, while also earning an outdoor career-best mark of 48-2.0 in the triple jump, placing third.

Malnes ran the 110-meter hurdles alongside Trammel, placing fourth in his first outdoor championship with a time of 14.66-seconds. Malnes earned second team honors for his efforts.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Anthony Belcher earned first team honors after placing third with a lifetime-best time of 53.57-seconds.

Wesson was also very successful individually on Saturday, placing fourth in the 400-meters with a time of 48.11-seconds, as well as sixth in the 200-meters with a time of 21.68-seconds. Karrie Butler joined Wesson in the 400-meters, scoring for the Broncos with a sixth-place finish and a time of 48.49-seconds.

Earning a second-place finish and first team honors, Jeff Howard clocked a time of 14:39.48 in the 5000-meters. Brian Pierre placed fourth (14:47.66) and Sawyer Bosch placed fifth (14:48.55), earning second team honors and five combined team points.
Also on the track, Mathew Moyer and Dusty Klein finished fourth and fifth, respectively, earning six points for the Broncos. Moyer clocked a career-best time of 1:51.54, while Klein was close behind with a time of 1:51.65, also a lifetime-best.

In the throws, Chase Sexton earned his second All-WAC First Team honor after placing second in the discus. He threw for a mark of 174-4, collecting eight team points. Pontus Thomee recorded a career-best throw of 157-4 in the discus, placing fifth and earning second team honors.

After earning first team honors in the long jump on Thursday, Racquel Jones had another successful day picking up another All-WAC First Team honor, as well as two second team nods. Jones ran a time of 11.85-seconds in the 100-meters, placing third, while also finishing in fourth in the 200-meters with a time of 24.45-seconds. She joined Taryn Campos, Destiny Gammage and Steffanie Jordan to place second in the 4x100-meter relay, clocking a time of 46.4-seconds, en route to second team honors.

Gammage also raced in the 100-meters, scoring two points for the Broncos with her seventh-place finish. Gammage clocked a time of 12.29-seconds in the race. Also in the sprints, Cyntrail Pierce picked up a point in the 400-meters, running the race on an injured hamstring, but still scoring one point for her team after placing eighth.

Rici Morill earned second team honors with her fourth-place finish in the 800-meters, running her second-best career time of 2:12.20 in the process. Emily Funkhouser also scored for the Broncos on the track, placing eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.66.

A handful of Broncos will advance to the 2011 NCAA First Round, hosted by the University of Oregon, May 27-28. The announcement of those qualifiers will come after the weekend once all conference championship meets are finished throughout the country.

2011 Boise State WAC Champions

Sawyer Bosch (3000-meter steeplechase)
Alex Nelson (Hammer)
Pontus Thomee (Javelin)
Danielle Valentine (Pole Vault)
Eetu Viitala (Long Jump)

All-WAC First Team
Anthony Belcher (400-hurdles)
Sawyer Bosch (3000-meter steeplechase)
Josh Butler (Triple Jump, High Jump)
Alex Cartwright (Javelin)
Jeff Howard (5000-meters)
Racquel Jones (Long Jump, 100-meters)
Trevor Kraychir (Hammer)
Alexi Morton (Heptathlon)
Alex Nelson (Hammer)
Chase Sexton (Discus, Shot Put)
Pontus Thomee (Javelin)
Rolando Trammel (110-hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump)
Danielle Valentine (Pole Vault)
Eetu Viitala (Long Jump)

All-WAC Second Team
Sawyer Bosch (5000-meters)
Karrie Butler (400-meters, 4x400)
Taryn Campos (4x100)
Jeff Daw (4x400)
Heidi Dorling (Pole Vault)
Edidiong Essien (Long Jump, 4x100)
Destiny Gammage (4x100)
Kevin Higgs (3000-meter steeplechase)
Jeff Howard (10000-meters)
Kate Jette (3000-meter steeplechase)
Racquel Jones (200-meters, 4x100)
Steffanie Jordan (4x100)
Dusty Klein (800-meters)
Justin Malnes (110-hurdles, 4x100)
Rici Morill (800-meters)
Alexi Morton (Long Jump)
Matt Moyer (800-meters)
Brian Pierre (5000-meters)
Pontus Thomee (Discus)
Daniel Thompson (Pole vault)
Rolando Trammel (High Jump, 4x100, 400-hurdles, 4x400)
Manoah Wesson (200-meters, 400-meters, 4x100, 4x400)

Women's Team Scores 
1. Louisiana Tech, 152
2. Utah State, 138
3. Nevada, 125.5
4. Fresno State, 92
5. Idaho, 91
6. New Mexico State, 82
7. Boise State, 69
8. Hawai'i, 65.5

Men's Team Scores  
1. Utah State, 180
2. Boise State, 169.33
3. Louisiana Tech, 123
4. Fresno State, 89.33
5. Idaho, 85.33

Women's Individual Awards (voted upon by the coaches)
Outstanding Track Performer: Chelsea Hayes, Louisiana Tech
Outstanding Field Performer: J'Quyra Moncur-Blue, Fresno State
Freshman of the Year: Chari Hawkins, Utah State
High Point Award Winner: Chelsea Hayes, Louisiana Tech, 32.5 points
Coach of the Year: Gary Stanley, Louisiana Tech

Men's Individual Awards (voted upon by the coaches)  
Outstanding Track Performers: Trey Hadnot, Louisiana Tech and Jason Holt, Utah State
Outstanding Field Performers: Larry Jones, Louisiana Tech and Rolando Trammel, Boise State
Freshman of the Year: Trey Hadnot, Louisiana Tech
High Point Award Winner: Rolando Trammel, Boise State, 31.83 points
Coach of the Year: Gregg Gensel, Utah State

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