Broncos Successful on Day One of Jacksons Open

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team had a successful opening day to the 2010-11 season on Friday (Dec. 3) earning three event wins out of four completed events, as well as leading the men's heptathlon after day one. Bronco throwers Mele Vaisima and Trevor Kraychir each picked up weight throw titles for the first women's and men's event wins of the season, while Daniel Thompson captured the pole vault title for the third win of the day. Kurt Felix leads 10-person field in the men's heptathlon with three events remaining.

Kraychir racked up the first win of the season winning the men's weight throw with a throw of 61-7.75 (18.79m) while teammate Alex Nelson picked up a second-place finish with his toss of 56-9.50 (17.31m).

On the women's side Vaisima earned the first victory of the season for the women's team, defeating a field of eight women. Vaisima threw a mark of 57-3.75 (17.47m) for the win, while Nadine Russell finished just behind in second-place with a throw of 51-11.75 (51.84m). Kady Stafford rounded out the placing Broncos with a fifth-place finish and a mark of 44-9.50 (13.65m).

Thompson began his season on a high-note, taking attempts at a career-best high Friday night. Although he did not clear a career-best, he recorded a near-best height of 15-7 (4.75m).

In the men's heptathlon, Felix leads the seven-event competition with 3,142-points after four events on Friday. His first-day total ties his first-day total from the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships where he went on to set a new school record with a total of 5,348-points. Felix earned event wins in the high jump (6-11/2.11m) and long jump (23-5.50/7.15m), while also placing second in the 60-meter dash (7.26) and shot put (39-3/11.96m). His high jump mark ties for an indoor career-best height, a mark he also obtained at the WAC Championship heptathlon competition.

In the women's multi-event competition, freshman Alexis Morton had an excellent career-opening meet, placing fourth in the 11-person pentathlon competition. Morton totaled 3,372-points after placing second in the long jump (18-2.25/5.54m) and fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.09) as well as the 800-meters (2:36.30). In the shot put Morton placed seventh (34-4.75/10.48m) while also tying for eighth in the high jump (5-00.25/1.53m). Andrea Morones also participated in the first four events of the pentathlon, but pulled out of the competition just before the 800-meters.

Day two of the Jacksons Open will take place at the Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho, on Sat., Dec. 4. The meet is slated for a 9 a.m. start with the men's heptathlon hurdles. The final event of the day, the women's 4x400-meter relay, is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start.



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