Thrower Alex Nelson Earns First Trip to NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. - Boise State's track and field team earned another NCAA National meet qualifier on Friday (May 27) afternoon in Alex Nelson, who advances in the hammer throw from the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Meet at Oregon's Hayward Field to the NCAA National Championships at Drake University, June 8-11.

Nelson was the only Bronco of four who competed on Friday and earned an advancing spot, joining teammate Eetu Viitala who qualified for the national meet on Thursday in the long jump. Also competing on Friday was Trevor Kraychir in the hammer throw, Rolando Trammel in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles, and Sawyer Bosch in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Nelson, a junior out of Vancouver, Wash., threw a mark of 209-3 (63.79m) on his first throw of the competition, advancing him out of the prelims in eighth-place and good for maintaining the placing through the finals.  The mark was Nelson's second-best in his career, advancing him to his first career NCAA Championship meet.

Also competing in the hammer throw was junior Trevor Kraychir who placed 16th in the event, advancing to the day's finals, but not making the top-12 cut to advance to the NCAA Championship meet. The Twentynine Palms, Calif., native had a best mark of 197-5 (60.47m) on his second of the day's six throws, earning him a 16th-place spot out of the prelims and through the finals.

Competing in his second day of the meet, sophomore Rolando Trammel completed his season on Friday and was unable to advance to the NCAA Championship meet in the 400-meter hurdles or the 110-meter hurdle quarterfinals on Saturday.

Trammel, who raced in the 400-meter hurdle prelims on Thursday, raced to a 22nd-place finish in the quarterfinals on Friday, missing the top-12 cut as well. Trammel clocked a time of 52.90 in the quarterfinal round. The Albuquerque, N.M., native clocked a time of 14.61 in the 110-meter hurdle preliminary round, placing 35th and missing the top-24 spots that qualified to Saturday's quarterfinal round.

Bosch raced to a 34th-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase preliminary round in the final event of the day. The junior out of Portland, Ore., clocked a time of 9:12.67, well off of his WAC Championship time of 8:55.80 he ran two weeks ago. A tougher preliminary round of competition, the steeplechase serves as a single-race qualifier, advancing 12 straight out of the prelim round to the NCAA National Championship meet.

The 2011 NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round meet concludes on Saturday (May 28) with only one Bronco left to compete. Junior Chase Sexton will get a chance to showcase his talents near his hometown of Salem, Ore., in the men's discus throw, slated for a 4:30 p.m. (MT) start.

Listed below is Sexton's event date, event round, west preliminary ranking and start time (MOUNTAIN):

Chase Sexton
May 28 - Discus - #29 - 4:30 p.m.

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