Track & Field

Broncos Close-Out Season Opener with 11 Event Wins

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State track and field team wrapped up their first meet of the season competing in day two of the Jacksons Open at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. The Broncos picked up three event wins on Friday evening (Dec. 3) on the first day of competition and followed up with eight event wins on Saturday (Dec. 4) to close out the meet.

Continuing the two-day men's heptathlon, Kurt Felix carried over his day one lead to an event win on Saturday, capturing the heptathlon title with 5,257-points, just 91-points short of his own school record. Felix earned a win in the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, clocking a career-best time of 8.64-seconds while also winning the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:53.25. Felix also picked up a second-place finish in the heptathlon pole vault competition, clearing 12-3.25 (3.74m).

The Bronco women proved to be very solid in a pair of events, sweeping the top-three spots in the 400-meter dash and the pole vault. Freshman Mackenzie Flannigan led the 400-meter dash corps, winning the event with a time of 58.03-seconds. Emily Funkhouser crossed the finish line in second-place with a time of 1:00.21, while Emily Field finished just behind with a time of 1:00.39, good for third-place.

In the women's pole vault, BreAnna Craig picked up a win with her clearance of 12-5.50 (3.80m), while teammates Danielle Valentine and Heidi Dorling tied for a second-place finish clearing 11-11.75 (3.65m).

Picking up the final win for the Bronco women was the 4x400-meter relay team of Flannigan, Funkhouser, Joi Glass and Paige Orcutt, who earned the win with a time of 3:58.81.

On the men's side of competition, the Broncos were able to sweep the top-three spots in the 400-meter dash with Jeff Daw clocking a winning time of 48.39-seconds. Manoah Wesson ran to a second-place finish (48.58), while Anthony Belcher placed third (50.88) to complete the sweep. The same three Broncos teamed up with Paul Robertson to win the men's 4x400-meter relay race with a time of 3:17.89.

In field event competitions, Eetu Viitala represented well for the Broncos earning a commanding win in the long jump with a jump of 24-8.50 (7.53m). Chase Sexton also picked up a win for the Broncos, winning the shot put title with a mark of 53-00.25 (16.16m).

The Broncos conclude their first of six regular-season home indoor track and field meets and will take over a month off from competition. The team's next meet, the Boise State Opener, will be held on Sat., Jan. 15 at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. The meet is currently slated for a 9:30 a.m. start with the women's high jump and weight throw, as well as the men's pole vault.

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