Broncos Successful on Jacksons Open Day One

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field team began its 2011-12 campaign Friday (Dec. 2) hosting the Jacksons Open and Multi's at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. The Broncos only had a handful of athletes competing on the first day of the meet, but they were successful picking up two event wins and two lifetime best efforts.

Redshirt-senior Mele Vaisima was the highlight of the night winning the women's weight throw with over a two-foot personal best throw.  The Woods Cross, Utah, native launched a 64-foot, 7-inch throw to win the event by nine-feet and move into the No. 2 spot for all-time best throws at Boise State in the event.

Teammate Kady Stafford also competed in the weight throw, earning a solid first-meet mark for the redshirt sophomore. The Powell Butte, Ore., native had a toss of 45-feet, one-half inch to place fourth in the event.

On the men's side of the weight throw, senior Trevor Kraychir picked up the win with a mark of 60-feet, 5-inches. Fellow senior Alex Nelson finished just behind with a toss of 57-feet, 11-inches, placing second.

In the only other individual event of the day, senior Kurt Felix opened up his season with a personal-best jump of 13-feet, 11.25-inches in the pole vault. Felix placed sixth after improving his best by two inches.

The final Bronco competing on Friday was senior Anthony Belcher in the men's indoor heptathlon. Belcher finished his day ranked sixth after four events. The Columbus, Ohio, native started the day off right by winning the heptathlon 60-meter dash in a time of 7.29-seconds. He went on to jump 18-feet, 8-inches in the long jump, placing ninth in the event, followed by a 25-foot, 10.75-inch effort in the shot put, good for 12th-place. He finished his day clearing 5-feet, 6-inches in the high jump, taking sixth.

Belcher's overall first day score was 2,232-points, with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run remaining on Saturday.

Day two of the Jacksons Open and Multi's begins Saturday (Dec. 3) at 9:00 a.m. with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. Open running events are slated for a 12:00 p.m. start with the women's 1,000-meter run and will end at 3:40 p.m. with the men's 4x400-meter relay. Field events begin at 9:45 a.m. with the heptathlon pole vault, followed by the open women's high jump at 10:00 a.m. The men's and women's triple jumps are the final scheduled field events of the day, slated for a 2:00 p.m. start.


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