Broncos Head to Austin for West Prelims
May 23, 2017

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The Boise State track and field team will send seven women and seven men to the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Austin, Texas, set to take place Thursday, May 25 to Saturday, May 27. The 14 Broncos will represent 17 entries over the course of the three-day meet on the campus of the University of Texas.

WATCH LIVE: The meet will be streamed free of charge. Go to the meet headquarters for the separate links to watch each day of competition.

LIVE RESULTS: Live results will be provided throughout the week.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Athletes who ranked among the top 48 in their respective event earned berths to the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. The best 24 relay times also advanced to the preliminaries. The same process was applied to the NCAA East Preliminary Championships (Lexington, Ky.).

HOW TO QUALIFY TO NATIONALS: Athletes with the top 12 times and marks along with the best 12 relay teams at both the East and West Preliminary Championships will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., slated for June 7-10.

COMPETING BRONCOS:
Men

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)

Women
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)

BOISE STATE SCHEDULE (All times are Central):
Thursday
11 a.m. | Women’s Pole Vault (First Round and Quarterfinal)
5 p.m. |Men’s 400m Hurdles (First Round)
5:30 p.m. | Women’s 1,500m (First Round)
6 p.m. | Men’s 1,500m (First Round)
6:55 p.m. |Men’s 100m (First Round)
8:10 p.m. | Women’s 800m (First Round)

Friday
6:15 p.m. | Men’s 100m (Quarterfinal)
6:30 p.m. | Women’s 800m (Quarterfinal)
7:15 p.m. | Men’s 400m Hurdles (Quarterfinal)
7:55 p.m. | Men’s 200m (First Round)
8:20 p.m. | Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase (Quarterfinal)
9 p.m. | Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase (Quarterfinal)

Saturday
6 p.m. | Women’s Shot Put (First Round and Quarterfinal)
6:30 p.m. | Women’s 1,500m (Quarterfinal)
6:45 p.m. | Men’s 1,500m (Quarterfinal)
7:50 p.m. | Men’s 200m (Quarterfinal)
8:05 p.m. | Women’s 5,000m (Semifinal)
9:45 p.m. | Men’s 4x400m Relay (Quarterfinal)

 A CLOSER LOOK:

MEN

Addison Dehaven
1,500m
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. His race on Thursday will be the first NCAA West Preliminary Championship appearance for the redshirt sophomore.

Dusty Fisher
200m and 4x400m Relay
Fisher picked up qualifying times in both the 200m and 400m, but he 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.

Bryce Kirby 
100m and 4x400m Relay
Kirby, just a sophomore, will be competing in his first west preliminary championship when he toes the line in the 100m on Thursday and runs the third leg of the 4x400m relay on Saturday. 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).

Fernando Martinez 
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 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.

Andrew Rafla
1,500m
Rafla also benefited from an altitude-converted 3:44.36 (originally a 3:48.93) at the Mountain West Championships last weekend, making this week’s trip his second-career appearance at the west regional. The redshirt sophomore qualified last year in the 5,000m thanks to a 14:01.72 at the Stanford Invitational.

Alexandru Terpezan
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 a 2017 All-Mountain West selection in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay.

Yusuke Uchikoshi
3,000m Steeplechase
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.

WOMEN

Alexis Fuller
1,500m
The runner-up in the 1,500m at the conference championships, Fuller will enter this 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.

Sadi Henderson
800m
A USTFCCCA All-America 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 the week.

Courtney Hutchinson
Shot Put
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 records.

Allison Jeffries
Pole Vault
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 appearance to nationals on Thursday. The Eagle, Idaho native enters the competition as the No. 39 vaulter thanks to a 13-3.75 (4.06m).

Anna McDonald
3,000m Steeplechase
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 this week in what will be her first appearance at an NCAA West Preliminary Championship.

Clare O’Brien
5,000m
Just a freshman, O’Brien will compete in the 5,000m 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.

Allie Ostrander 
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 a 16:20.45 – came at the conference championships. The two times put her at No. 2 and No. 15, respectively, in the two events within the west region.


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