NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State's track and field team produced another very successful day, Saturday (Jan. 29) at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in the second day of the Jacksons Invitational. The Broncos earned four event wins, 31 career-bests, seven season-bests and four indoor career-bests on Saturday, adding to three event wins and numerous career-bests from Friday. The highlight of the day came when junior Kurt Felix shattered his former school record in the heptathlon, scoring a new mark of 5,669 points, bettering his mark by 321-points and missing the NCAA national automatic qualifying mark by only six points.
Felix packaged together two outstanding days bettering his own school record of 5,348 points from 2010. He captured wins in the heptathlon's 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put to win the seven-event competition. On Saturday he set a career-best mark of 8.38 in the 60-meter hurdles, cleared a season-best 13-7.25 in the pole vault and ran a season-best 2:50.15 in the 1000-meters to win his second heptathlon competition of the season.
Jeff Daw captured his third-straight win in the 400-meters this season, clocking a time of 48.51. Sophomore Rolando Trammel placed second in the 400-meters with a career-best time of 48.53 seconds, while Paul Robertson ran an indoor best of 48.91 to place fifth.
Trammel also picked up a win for the Broncos on Saturday, crushing his career-best time of 8.34 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. Trammel clocked a new best of 8.08 seconds to win the event. Justin Malnes placed second in the hurdle race, clocking a time of 8.30, while Anthony Belcher ran a career-best of 9.05 to place sixth.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team added the final win of the day, clocking a time of 3:19.79, outrunning their nearest competitors by nearly eight seconds.
In the men's weight throw, Trevor Kraychir improved his career-best by 1.25 inches, throwing a mark of 65-9 to place second. Alex Nelson followed suit, improving over 10 inches to place third and earning a career-best mark of 61-2.25. Also successful in the throws was Chase Sexton, who placed second in the shot put with an indoor best mark of 54-10.25.
On the track, the Broncos were very dominant in the 800-meters with Dusty Klein leading a pack of eight Broncos with his second-place finish. Klein ran a season-best time of 1:54.84, finishing just ahead of Austin Edwards who ran a career-best time of 1:55.19 to place third. Five Broncos swept the sixth through 10th-place spots with Nick Tatro placing seventh (1:56.95), Ethan Slight placing eighth (1:57.05), Scott Foley placing eighth (1:57.07), Drew O'donoghue-McDonald placing ninth (1:57.32) and Kevin Higgs placing 10thth with a career-best of 2:00.34. Adding to the middle distance successes, Jeff Howard earned a sixth-place finish in the Mile with a career-best of 4:22.93, while Allan Schroeder had a career-best time of 4:27.80 to place eighth. (1:57.97). Brian Pierre rounded out the group, placing 13
In the sprints, Eric Capelle snagged a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.03). Karrie Butler clocked a career-best 7.27 in the prelims of the 60-meters, followed by a 7.29 in the finals to place ninth, while Belcher ran a career-best of 7.38 to place 11th in the finals.
In the field, Joshua Butler placed third in the high jump (6-4.25), while Nathan Balcirak cleared a career-best of 13-11.25 to place 11th in the pole vault. Justin Malashin wrapped up the field successes for the men, placing seventh in the triple jump (44-6.25).
On the women's side of the day, no events were won, however the Broncos remained successful. Vaisima, who had captured her fourth-straight weight throw title on Friday night, continued to a second-place finish in the shot put on Saturday. She improved her career-best mark by 2 feet, 1.50 inches, throwing a new best of 45-2.25. Nadine Russell also competed in the shot, placing 13th with a mark of 38-1.25.
Competing well in the shortest race on the track, Racquel Jones placed fourth in the 60-meters with a time of 7.81. Shannon Jacobs placed 14th in the same race, running a time of 8.12 in the finals and a career-best time of 7.98 in the prelims.
In the 400-meters, Mackenzie Flannigan led the Broncos with her fifth-place finish and career-best time of 57.68. Taryn Campos finished just behind in sixth with an indoor best of 57.93, while Emily Field also clocked a lifetime best of 58.45 to place seventh in the race. Flannigan and Campos joined with Tajanee Simmons and Steffanie Jordan to clock the fastest 4x400-meter relay time by the Bronco women this season. The team placed second in Saturday's race with a time of 3:56.10.
Moving to the middle distance races, freshman Rici Morill was a tough competitor in the 800-meters, running a career-best 2:19.73 to place fifth. Sophomore Paige Orcutt raced Morrill to the finished, but captured a seventh-place finish with a season-best time of 2:19.83. Seven additional Broncos placed within the 11th through 30th-place spots in the women's 800-meters. Kate Jette placed 11th (2:21.14), Kailee Poetsch finish in 15th (2:25.27), Piper Delaney came in 20th (2:28.63) and Chrystal Moore placed 21st (2:29.09) all with career-bests. Carly Gerard placed 24th with a season-best (2:31.60), while Audi Balue placed 28th (2:37.45) and Danielle Zehrung placed 30th (2:40.42) with career-bests.
In the Mile, Shea Hanson had the top Bronco finish, placing fifth with a time of 5:19.34. Brittnee Sanchez placed seventh with a career-best mark of 5:21.32, while Erin McLaughlin also had a career mark of 5:21.42 to place eighth. Alyssa Boucher ran a career time of 5:43.13 to place 19th, while Alexandria Bell ran a time of 5:46.84 to place 20th.
Although the entire team did not compete at the Jacksons Invite, those who did showed great success and continued to improve. The team is working toward the Western Athletic Conference championships in one month (Feb. 24-26) and host two more meets before the championships. The Broncos host their fifth regular-season meet in next week on Sat., Feb. 5. The Bronco Open is slated for a 9 a.m. (Mountain) start at the Jacksons Indoor Track.