Career, Season Bests Fall on Day Three of WAC Track and Field Championships

RUSTON, La. - The Boise State track and field team showed little signs of weakness in the heat and humidity in day three of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Broncos captured two event wins on the day while numerous career and season best marks fell along the way.

Entering the final day of events, the Bronco men sit in first place with 75 points, while the Bronco women hold the fourth-place spot with 30 points. 

The men's long jump was a big highlight of the day with Boise State picking up 26 team points with four athletes in the top-five finishers. Senior Zacharias Arnos led the charge with his jump of 25 feet, 2.50 inches to sweep the indoor and outdoor 2010 long jump titles. Eetu Viitala set a personal best mark of 24 feet, 8.50 inches to finish as runner up while Kurt Felix jumped an outdoor best of 23 feet, 6.25 inches to round out the WAC All-Conference First Team. Rolando Trammel also earned an outdoor best of 23 feet, 2.75 inches to place fifth and round out the jumpers.

In the women's long jump the competition brought the most excitement to the day with Boise State's Eleni Kafourou and Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes dueling for the championship title. Kafourou got the best of the competition, jumping 20 feet, 5 inches to win the event. Racquel Jones earned another point for the Broncos when she jumped 18 feet, 11.25 inches to place eighth in the long jump.

Sophomore Chase Sexton had a career day as well, improving his career best in the discus throw by over eight feet. Sexton's new career best of 168 feet, 6 inches bumped him from his No. 8 seed spot to a second-place finish in the event.

In the high jump, Kurt Felix cleared an outdoor best of 6 feet, 11.50 inches to place second and earn eight points to add to his 10 he scored in the decathlon on Thursday.

Also earning a second-place finish and his first outdoor WAC All-Conference First Team honor, junior Kevin Higgs improved his career best by nearly five seconds in the 3000-meter steeplechase, clocking a time of 9 minutes, 12.81 seconds. Junior Sawyer Bosch also earned all-conference team honors, making the second team after placing fourth with a time of 9 minutes, 18.87 seconds. In the women's 3000-meter steeplechase, Shea Hanson ran to a sixth-place finish to earn all-conference second team honors, clocking a time of 11 minutes, 30.33 seconds.

Opening the day up for the Broncos, BreAnna Craig led the women's pole vaulters in earning the first team points for the Boise State women. Craig cleared a height of 12 feet, 5.50 inches to place third in the pole vault while Annelise Bertleson finished her career as a Bronco with a sixth-place finish after clearing 11 feet, 11.75 inches. Heidi Dorling added to the point-scoring, brining the points total to 13 in the pole vault with her seventh-place finish clearing a height of 11 feet, 5.75 inches.

The men's hammer throw was the first event of the day for the men's side with Alex Nelson and Trevor Kraychir earning third and fourth-place finishes, respectively. Nelson had a toss of 192 feet, 10 inches for his all-conference first team finish while Kraychir had a throw of 191 feet, 1 inch to make the all-conference second team. In the women's javelin Sasa Kampic could not defend her 2009 javelin title, but finished with an all-conference second team nod with a mark of 144 feet, 1 inch to place fourth.

Many of Friday's events were preliminary rounds which determined the competitors for Saturday's final rounds. The Broncos were very successful in the women's hurdles with three team members advancing in both the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, respectively. In the short hurdles Marjani Maldonado led the Broncos smashing her career best time by running a 13.73 second race. She qualified fourth for the finals and moved herself into second on the Boise State All-Time top three performers list. Megan Olivetti qualified sixth with a time of 13.76 seconds while Monisha Davis qualified seventh with her personal best time of 13.96 seconds. Maldonado led the 400-meter hurdle Bronco qualifiers as well, clocking a personal best time of 1 minute, 2.05 seconds to finish fifth. Emily Funkhouser qualified in the sixth spot with a time of 1 minute, 2.94 seconds while Joi Glass was the seventh qualifier with her time of 1 minute, 3.06 seconds.

In the men's 800-meter run, Micahel Walrath qualified for the finals with a sixth place finish and time of 1 minute, 52.66 seconds, while Dusty Klein earned the eighth qualifying spot with his time of 1 minute, 53.67 seconds. Freshman Racquel Jones qualified as the eighth-seed in the 100-meter dash, clocking a career best time of 11.88 seconds, just .05 seconds away from the Bronco all-time top three list. Eric Capelle clocked a time of 21.97 seconds to qualify in the eighth spot in the 200-meter dash to round out the short sprint qualifiers for Boise State.

The women's 400-meter dash a mistake was made, starting the first of two heats from the 200-meter dash stagger, rather than the 400-meter stager. Immediately following the first heat, the mistake was realized, but the second heat was run at the same stager to keep the competition fair. Due to the mistake, all 15 runners will advance to Saturday's finals, running two heats with the preliminary races serving as seeding times.  Boise State senior Paige Olivetti ran a time of 55.99 seconds to place her in the first heat of the two-heat finals, while Taryn Campos clocked a time of 57.03 seconds to place her in the second heat.

Rounding out an eventful day of weather, the night was capped with a lightning storm ceasing the 10000-meter run with eight laps to go, leaving each of the runners to sprint to finish a shorter than originally planned race. The race was judged complete due to the weather, placing one Bronco, Scott Foley, in the scoring ranks. Foley placed sixth with a time of 22 minutes, 5.77 seconds to earn one point for the Broncos. The women's race was delayed and set to race at 10:30 p.m. (CT). Due the late start, the results of the race will be included in Saturday's story.

Six events will be run as finals by time on Saturday, including the 1500-meter runs for the men and women, the men's 400-meters, men's 400-meter hurdles, men's 110-meter hurdles and the women's 400-meters due to the starting mistake.

Saturday's events begin at 12:30 p.m. with the men's pole vault and the women's hammer throw. Running events begin at 5 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relays and concluding at 7:30 p.m. with the 4x400-meter relay.

Full meet results are available at: http://wac.org/otf/2010/index.htm

Full team scores:

Men (after seven events):
1. Boise State, 75
2. Utah State, 60
3. Idaho, 34
4. Fresno State, 30
5. Louisiana Tech, 18

Women:
1. Idaho, 83
2. Louisiana Tech, 38
2. Utah State, 38
4. Boise State, 30
5. New Mexico State, 26
6. Nevada, 25
7. Hawaii, 18
8. Fresno State, 15


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