West Preliminaries Await Boise State
May 24, 2016

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Boise State will continue its postseason push this week in Lawrence, Kan., at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round on Thursday, May 26 through Saturday, May 28. 10 Broncos will be competing at Rock Chalk Park on the campus of the University of Kansas.

Each event is comprised of 48 competitors, with individuals seeking a top-12 finish for a berth to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., which will take place from June 8-11 at Hayward Field.

TICKETS: Three-day passes and single-day tickets are both available. Tickets may be purchased online HERE, by calling 800-34-HAWKS or by buying tickets at the Rock Chalk Park ticket office.

VIDEO STREAMING: Live video streaming will be available all three days. Watch the live stream HERE.
• Thursday, May 26 – Starts at 4:25 p.m. (CT)
• Friday, May 27 – Starts at 4:55 p.m. (CT)
• Saturday, May 28 – Starts at 5:55 p.m. (CT)

COMPETING BRONCOS:
Women
Minttu Hukka – 3,000m Steeplechase
Courtney Hutchinson – Shot Put
Tansey Lystad – 5,000m
Brenna Peloquin – 10,000m and 5,000m
Gracie Tostenson – 5,000m

Men
David Elliott – 1,500m
Dusty Fisher – 200m
Fernando Martinez – 400m Hurdles
Jeff Lautenslager – 1,500m
Andrew Rafla – 5,000m

BOISE STATE SCHEDULE (All times are Central)
Thursday

5 p.m. | Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles (First Round)
6 p.m. | Men’s 1,500 Meters (First Round)
9 p.m. | Women’s 10,000 Meters (Semifinal)

Friday
7:45 p.m. | Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles (Quarterfinal)
8:25 p.m. | Men’s 200 Meters (First Round)
8:50 p.m. | Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase (Quarterfinal)

Saturday
3:30 p.m. | Women’s Shot Put (First Round)
6:45 p.m. | Men’s 1,500 Meters (Quarterfinal)
7:50 p.m. | Men’s 200 Meters (Quarterfinal)
8:05 p.m. | Women’s 5,000 Meters (Semifinal)
8:45 p.m. | Men’s 5,000 Meters (Semifinal)

A CLOSER LOOK:
Women
Minttu Hukka
The sophomore (with freshman eligibility for the outdoor season) enters the week with the No. 24 3,000-meter steeplechase time in the field.  Hukka ran a 10:14.06 at the Mountain West Championships to take second and punch her ticket to Lawrence. Her time at conference also made her the second-fastest Bronco in school history in the event.

Courtney Hutchinson
The Spokane, Wash., native earned a qualifying mark thanks to her sensational performance at the conference championships. On her last throw of the day, the junior threw an outdoor-career-best 49-7 (15.11m). The mark was good for third place at the championships, the last qualifying spot at regionals (No. 48) and the third-best shot put mark in school history.

Tansey Lystad
The graduate student clocked her qualifying time at the Stanford Twilight, running a 16:17.85 to put her as the No. 26-ranked runner in the field. A two-time All-America honoree with the University of Portland, Lystad took 15th at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, and then placed 14th in last year’s 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Brenna Peloquin
Peloquin qualified and accepted entries into two different races, as the freshman will compete in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. The freshman comes into the west preliminaries with the No. 6 5,000-meter time (15:55.43) and the No. 3 10,000-meter time (33:03.48). Both of Peloquin’s times make her the second-fastest Bronco in school history in each event.

Gracie Tostenson
The sophomore earned the last qualifying spot (No. 48) in the 5,000 meters thanks to a 16:27.76 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. The Central Point, Ore., native took seventh in the 5,000 meters at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships, turning in a 17:30.86.

Men
David Elliott
A three-time All-America honoree, Elliott will be looking to add another chapter to his storied Boise State career. The redshirt senior will compete in the 1,500 meters, a race where he took eighth place at last year’s outdoor national championships. He ran his season-best 3:42.76 at the Stanford Twilight, putting him as the No. 13 runner entering the week.

Dusty Fisher
Similar to Hutchinson, Fisher earned his qualifying time in the preliminaries at the conference championships, running a 20.97 to secure a spot in the finals. He went on to take fourth at the conference championships, and the 20.97 is the No. 37 time in the field.

Jeff Lautenslager
Lautenslager will be joining Elliott in the 1,500-meter run, having qualified as the No. 36 runner in the field. The Nelson, New Zealand native ran his 3:44.77 at the Oregon Twilight, making him the third-fastest Boise State runner in school history in the event.

Fernando Martinez
The junior got into this week’s field as the No. 15 400-meter hurdler thanks to a 51.05 that he recorded at the Broncos’ lone home outdoor meet of the season, the Border Clash. The Mountain West runner up will be making the third-straight west preliminary appearance of his career.

Andrew Rafla
Rafla will compete in the 5,000-meter run as the No. 38 competitor in the field. The local Boise native ran his 14:01.72 at the Stanford Invitational, which was also good for a personal best.


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