Broncos Earn Six Wins at Jacksons Open and Multi's

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field team wrapped up the Jacksons Open and Multi's Saturday (Dec. 3) at the Jacksons Indoor Track and the Idaho Center. The Broncos added four event champions to the two earned Friday night, as well as producing seven personal best marks.

Junior Manoah Wesson picked up two wins on the day, topping the 200-meter dash field with a time of 21.71-seconds. He joined Karrie Butler, Paul Robertson and Jeff Daw to win the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:20.17.

Sophomore Justin Malnes earned another win on the track, picking up the 60-meter hurdle title with a personal-best time of 8.10-seconds. Senior Kurt Felix was the only Bronco to win a title in the field, jumping 23-feet, 6.25-inches to win the long jump.

Robertson also raced in the 200-meter dash, placing third (22.31), while freshman Bret Scheve placed fourth (22.43), Edidiong Essien placed seventh (22.54) and Malnes placed 11 th (22.91). Senior Eric Capelle raced to a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.00), while Essien and Malnes placed fifth (7.03) and 11th (7.25). Butler earned a runner-up title in the 400-meter dash (49.18), rounding out the men's sprints for the Broncos.

In the middle distance events, the Bronco men picked up two third-place finishes from Nick Tatro in the 800-meters (2:00.29) and Michael Walrath in the 1000-meters (2:30.73) with a personal-best time.

Chase Sexton was the only Bronco from the men's team in the throws on Saturday, placing second in the shot put with a mark of 53-feet, 11-inches. Trevor Kraychir earned a win in the weight throw on Friday evening, adding to the total of five men's titles in the meet.

Wrapping up his second day of competition in the heptathlon, Anthony Belcher placed seventh in the seven-event competition with 3,898-points. He opened up Saturday's three-event day with a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 8.96-seconds. Belcher also picked up a seventh-place finish in the pole vault and a 10th-place finish in the heptathlon 1000-meter run.

On the women's side, senior Racquel Jones was successful with a third-place finish in the long jump (18-8.50) and an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.74). Freshmen Debra Johnson and Alexis Keyes joined Jones in the long jump, placing fourth (18-1.75) and 13 th (16-10.75), respectively. The freshmen duo went on to compete in the triple jump with Johnson placing second (39-3) and Keyes placing sixth (36-3).

Joining Jones in the 60-meter dash, junior Destiny Gammage placed ninth in a personal-best time of 7.81, while Shannon Jacobs placed 16 th (7.95). The pair continued on to the 200-meter dash where Gammage placed fifth (25.03) and Jacobs placed 20th (26.16). A large force in the 200-meters, Broncos Taryn Campos, Stephanie Jordan, Mackenzie Flannigan and Yvonne Bennett picked up 7th (25.20), 15th (25.78), 17th (25.99) and 18th-place (26.10) finishes.

The Broncos also ran a large group in the 400-meters with freshman Megan Kelley leading the way with a fifth-place finish (58.12). Emily Funkhouser placed seventh (59.12), while Emily Field was 12th (1:00.38), Tajanee Simmons was 14th (1:01.46), Megan Opatz placed 15th (1:02.15), Sam Alderman placed 16th (1:02.33, personal best) and Andrea Wilson was 19th (1:09.10).

Simmons also raced in the 60-meter hurdles, picking up a fourth-place finish and a personal-best time of 9.08-seconds. Flannigan, Campos, Bennett and Kelley joined to place fourth in the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 4:03.65, rounding out the sprint events for the day.

Paige Orcutt led the Broncos in the middle distance events, placing fourth in the 800-meters (2:23.35). Chrystal Moore also ran the 800-meters, clocking a time of 2:44.45 to place ninth. Breanne Whitlock was the only distance runner for the Bronco women, running to a 13th-place finish in the 3000-meters (12:11.48).

Mele Vaisima led the Broncos in the throws on Saturday after winning the weight throw on Friday with a two-foot personal-record. The senior earned a fourth-place finish in the shot put (41-11.50), while teammates Sasa Kampic and Jacque Wonenberg placed 11th (31-9.50) and 13th (27-6), respectively.

Sophomore Samantha Risa rounded out the Broncos on the day, tying for fifth in the pole vault after clearing 10-feet even.

The Broncos conclude their 2011 portion of their schedule and will resume to competition just over a month from now when they host the Blue and Orange Opener on Sat., Jan. 14.

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