May 18, 2017
NCAA West Preliminary Championship Qualifiers - Women | NCAA West Preliminary Championship Qualifiers - Men
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA announced the individuals and relay teams who qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, and Boise State will send a total of 14 athletes – seven from the women’s team and seven for the men – to compete in Austin, Texas from May 25-27.
The 14 athletes will represent 17 total entries with Allie Ostrander (3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m) and Alexandru Terpezan (100m and 200m) both doubling along with the men’s 4x400m relay team of Terpezan, Fernando Martinez, Bryce Kirby and Dusty Fisher accounting for the extra entries.
The seven athletes on the women’s side is the most for the Broncos at an NCAA West Preliminary Championship in head coach Corey Ihmels’ four-year tenure at Boise State. The seven athletes representing the men’s team is the most since 2014 when the Blue and Orange sent eight in Ihmels’ first year at the helm.
For more information on the schedule for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, click HERE.
Addison Dehaven (1,500m)
Dusty Fisher (200m and 4x400m Relay)
Bryce Kirby (100m and 4x400m Relay)
Fernando Martinez (400m Hurdles and 4x400m Relay)
Andrew Rafla (1,500m)
Alexandru Terpezan (100m, 200m and 4x400m Relay)
Yusuke Uchikoshi (3,000m Steeplechase)
Cameron Wrout (4x400m Relay - Alternate)
Alexis Fuller (1,500m)
Sadi Henderson (800m)
Courtney Hutchinson (Shot Put)
Allison Jeffries (Pole Vault)
Anna McDonald (3,000m Steeplechase)
Clare O’Brien (5,000m)
Allie Ostrander (3,000m Steeplechase and 5,000m)
A CLOSER LOOK:
DeHaven clocked a 3:50.19 – which was converted to a 3:45.59 to account for the altitude – at the conference championships last week, slotting him at No. 37 in the west region entering the preliminaries. Next week’s race will be the first NCAA West Preliminary Championship appearance for the redshirt sophomore.
200m and 4x400m Relay
Having picked up qualifying times in both the 200m and 400m, Fisher will focus his efforts on the 200m and running the anchor leg on the 4x400m relay team. An All-Mountain West selection in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay, Fisher will be making his second-career west preliminary appearance having qualified in the 200m last season. He enters the meet with the 21st-fastest 200m time (20.64) in the region.
100m and 4x400m Relay
Kirby, just a sophomore, will be competing in his first career west preliminary championship next week when he toes the line in the 100m and runs the third leg of the 4x400m relay. The 2017 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field 100m Champion will be just the fourth Bronco on the men’s side in school history to compete in the 100m at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships (which officially started in 2003), joining Daveon Collins (2013), Andre’ Summers (2004) and Francis Ngapout (2003).
400m Hurdles and 4x400m Relay
Now a four-time regional qualifier in the 400m hurdles, Martinez will be vying for his first-career trip to nationals next week in Austin. The senior clocked a 50.09 (converted to a 50.20) last week at the conference championships to take second in the 400m hurdles. That time puts him eighth in the west region entering the preliminary championships. The native of Guadalajara, Mexico will also take the baton second on the 4x400m relay.
Rafla also benefited from an altitude-converted 3:44.36 (originally a 3:48.93) at the Mountain West Championships last weekend, making next week’s trip his second-career appearance to the west regional. The redshirt sophomore qualified last year in the 5,000m thanks to a 14:01.72 at the Stanford Invitational.
100m, 200m and 4x400m Relay
The senior sprinter will be attempting to complete what only four previous Broncos on the men’s side have accomplished in school history – compete in three different events at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. Terpezan would join Daveon Collins (2013), Ryan Grinnell (2009), Raymond Ardill (2004) and James Finks (2003) as the only five Boise State men to triple at the west preliminaries. The Romanian was an 2017 All-Mountain West selection in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay.
Uchikoshi enters the west preliminaries as the No. 10-ranked 3,000m steeplechaser thanks to his 8:48.88 he recorded at the Mt. SAC Relays. The junior recently won the steeplechase title at the conference championships and is coming off a cross country season where he earned All-America honors and claimed the Mountain West individual crown.
The runner-up in the 1,500m at the conference championships, Fuller will enter next week with the No. 23 time in the region. Her 4:22.08 at the Stanford Invitational secured her spot in what will be her first-career appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary Championship.
A USTFCCCA All-American second-team honoree in the 800m from the indoor season, Henderson enters the preliminaries as one of the biggest names in the event. The winner of both the indoor and outdoor 800m titles, Henderson also has the school records in both events (indoor – 2:04.01 & outdoor – 2:04.10). The redshirt sophomore’s 2:04.10 from the conference championships converted to a 2:03.56 to put her at No. 5 in the west region entering next week.
A 2016 west preliminary qualifier in the shot put, Hutchinson will enter this year’s preliminary round ranked No. 29. The redshirt junior’s 50-8 (15.44m) from the Border Clash improved her No. 2 spot in the school record book a little less than a month ago. She would need a 52-7 to supplant Hayli Bozarth (2014 – 52-6) as the No. 1 shot putter in the Bronco outdoor record book.
Jeffries competed at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary Championships and was one spot shy of qualifying to nationals after clearing 4.14m to take 13th. Now the school record holder in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault, the senior will be looking to make her first-career appearance to nationals next week. The Eagle, Idaho native enters as the No. 39 vaulter thanks to a 13-3.75 (4.06m).
McDonald recorded her steeplechase PR of 10:23.67 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival earlier in late March. She will be ranked No. 37 entering next week in what will be her first-career appearance at an NCAA West Preliminary Championship.
Just a freshman, O’Brien will compete in the 5,000m next week thanks to a 15:57.36 at the Stanford Invitational. The Queensland, Australia native had a sensational indoor season where she helped the distance medley relay team win the conference title along with claiming the 3,000m crown. She was also named the 2016 Mountain West Cross Country Women's Freshman of the Year.
3,000m Steeplechase and 5,000m
In what will be a fairly rare steeplechase and 5k double, Ostrander will be attempting to punch her ticket to nationals in both events. The Alaskan clocked a 9:55.61 in what was the first 3,000m steeplechase of her career at the Stanford Invitational, making her the second-fastest steeplechaser in school history. Her 5k qualifier of 15:56.80 – converted from 16:20.45 – came at last week’s conference championships. The two times put her at No. 2 and No. 15, respectively, in the two events within the west region.