Bronco Men Place Second, Women Third at WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships
RUSTON, La. - The final day of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships made for an exciting day at the Jim Mize Track and Field Complex. The Boise State men repeated as runner-up with 141 points, while the women placed third overall with 93 points, improving from their eighth place finish in 2009. Utah State's men captured the outdoor team title for the second straight season, while Louisiana Tech's women repeated as WAC Champions for the sixth straight time.
Starting the day off on a high note, senior Eleni Kafourou garnered her second championship title of the weekend, winning the women's triple jump with a season best jump of 43 feet, 7.25 inches.
In a simultaneous competition to Kafourou's, the men's javelin throw became an exciting event to watch as two Broncos took hold of the competition, earning first and second place finishes. Senior Pontus Thomee threw a season best mark of 230 feet, 1 inch after battling back-and-forth with teammate Kurt Felix. Felix threw a lifetime best of 220 feet, 4 inches to earn the runner-up title, his second of the meet. Eetu Viitala recorded a season high mark of 193 feet, 10 inches to earn two points for the Broncos, placing fifth.
Earning a third gold medal to the Broncos' resume on day four, senior Zacharias Arnos collected his second championship title of the meet, winning the men's triple jump with a jump of 53 feet, 7 inches. Felix placed third in the triple jump with a career best jump of 48 feet, 1.75 inches while Rolando Trammel placed fourth with an outdoor best of 47 feet, 5 inches.
Freshman Alyssa Osai had career day, throwing 174 feet, 6 inches to place third and earn her first outdoor WAC All-Conference first team honor. Junior Mele Vaisima finished just behind in fourth-place with a throw of 169 feet, 9 inches. Vaisima went on to earn a fifth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 156 feet, 1 inch, a career best, while Osai placed seventh in the discus with a mark of 145 feet, also a career best mark.
Adding points in the men's throws, Chase Sexton recorded his second career best mark of the meet, placing third in the shot put with a throw of 55 feet, 4.25 inches, earning another first team all-conference honor.
Clearing a height of 15 feet, 2.75 inches, junior Daniel Thompson was able to capture a fifth-place finish in the men's pole vault early Saturday.
Leading off the running events for the day, the women's 4x100-meter relay team of Kafourou, Racquel Jones, Destiny Gammage and Taryn Campos, ran a season best of 46.36 seconds to place third. The team earns second team all-conference honors with their finish. Jones went on to earn another point for the Broncos shortly after, placing eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.07 seconds. Shortly after the relay, Kafourou headed over to the high jump where she placed seventh, clearing a height of 5 feet, 3.75 inches.
Career bests fell for the Bronco men and women in the short hurdle finals with freshman Marjani Maldonado improving her career best set on Friday to a 13.70 second finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time was good for third, earning her all-conference first team honors. Fellow freshman Monisha Davis also set a new career best of 13.87 seconds to place fourth in the race, earning her first all-conference second team honor. Improving her time, Maldonado solidified her No. 2 spot on the Boise State all-time top-three performers list while Davis moved into the No. 3 spot on the chart with her new career best. On the men's side, Rolando Trammel also set a new career record of 14.57 seconds to place fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the long hurdles, a pair of career bests were improved as well, with Trammel clocking a time of 51.96 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles to place fifth overall. Freshman Emily Funkhouser clocked a career best time of 1:02.16 to place fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. Joi Glass placed seventh (1:02.89) while Maldonado placed eighth (1:04.01) to round out the scorers.
Running both the men's and women's 400-meter dashes in a final by time form, two Broncos were able to earn points for the Boise State team. On the men's side, Paul Robertson clocked a time of 49.02 seconds, good for fifth place, while senior Paige Olivetti earned an eighth-place finish in the women's race with a time of 56.44 seconds.
In the 800-meter run, Michael Walrath ran a career best time of 1:50.71 to place third and earn first team all-conference honors.
Closing out the meet, the 4x400-meter relays brought big excitement to the track. Boise State's men's team, Rolando Trammel, Dusty Klein, Paul Robertson and Michael Walrath, combined to place third with a season best time of 3:12.94. The Bronco women's relay, made up of Paige Olivetti, Taryn Campos, Joi Glass and Megan Olivetti, placed fourth with a time of 3:45.66, a season best.
The Broncos conclude their season as a team, but will have a handful of NCAA National Round One qualifiers which will be determined later this week.
The first round championships will be held May 29-30 in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas.
Men's Field Athlete of the Meet: Kurt Felix, Boise State
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