Track & Field

Bronco Men & Women Capture Titles at All-Idaho Cup

NAMPA, Idaho - The 2012 All-Idaho Cup came to a close on Saturday (March 31) with the Boise State men's and women's track teams both winning team titles at Northwest Nazarene's Track Facility. The Broncos earned seven event wins for the men and four wins for the women on Saturday, helping to capture the team titles on both sides.

Boise State's men earned 259-points, with 22 student-athletes earning top-eight finishes on Saturday. Idaho State placed second with 173.50-points, NNU came in third with 108-points and College of Idaho in fourth with 36.50-points. For the women, Boise State earned 210-points edging out Idaho State who had 206-points. The Bronco women totaled 33 top-eight finishes on Saturday to help in the win. NNU placed third for the women with 111-points and College of Idaho earned 61-points to place fourth.

Chase Sexton was the Broncos' big winner on Saturday, capturing two titles in the discus and shot put. Sexton threw a lifetime best of 178'-11" in the discus and an outdoor career-best of 55'-9.75" in the shot put in the wins. Fellow thrower Trevor Kraychir earned the hammer title with a throw of 188'-8". Will Lohman captured second-place finishes behind Sexton and Kraychir in all three event, throwing 161'-0" in the discus, 53'-7.75" in the shot put and 174'-8" in the hammer.

The Bronco men also captured wins in the sprints and hurdles with Justin Malnes winning the 110-meter hurdles (14.76), Manoah Wesson winning the 400-meters (47.73) and Rolando Trammel winning the 100-meters in a career-best time of 11.04. The Bronco men's 4x100-meter relay clocked a time of 41.44 for another event title.

Eric Capelle joined as a top-eight finisher in the 110-meter hurdles, placing third in a time of 15.41. Dusty Klein (48.34), Matthew Moyer (50.00) and Anthony Belcher (50.23) each recorded career-best times in the 400-meters, placing third, fifth and sixth, respectively. Malnes joined Trammel in the 100-meters, placing fourth (11.26), while Jeff Daw (11.33) and Bret Scheve (11.35) recorded career-best times to place fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the middle and long distances, Allan Schroder ran to a second-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase, clocking 9:43.64, while Zach Wiles ran a 9:445.67 to place third. In the 800-meters Charlie Petrie picked up a fourth-place finish in a career-best time of 1:53.07, while Kyle Brush also ran a career-best of 1:54.81 to place sixth.

The Bronco women's 4x100-meter relay also picked up a win, crossing the finish line in 46.99-seconds. Tajanee Simmons earned a win in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.11, while Debra Johnson won the triple jump with a career-best effort of 40'-2". Shea Hanson earned the final win for the Broncos on Saturday, winning the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:17.63.

Kate Holman joined Simmons as a top-eight finisher in the short hurdles, running a time of 15.88 to place fifth. Alexis Keyes joined Johnson as a top finisher in the triple jump, placing third with a career-best of 37'-1". Four Broncos joined Hanson as top-eight finishers in the steeplechase with Anna Preciado running a 11:49.27 to place fourth, Melody Braden placing sixth in 11:59.61, Hayley Gregoire placing seventh in 12:19.10 and Mattie Stanford running a 12:28.97 to place eighth.

In the 100-meters, Cyntrail Pierce picked up a second-place finish with a career-best effort of 12.46. Taryn Campos (12.52) placed fourth in the 100-meters, while Mackenzie Flannigan placed fifth (12.57) and Megan Kelley placed eighth (12.74).

Moving up in distance, Emily Funkhouser led the Broncos in the 400-meters, running a career-best time of 58.41 to place second. Rici Morrill was just behind in 58.73, placing third, while Steffanie Jordan placed fourth in 59.52, both career-bests. Yvonne Bennett came in fifth in a 59.59, while Andrea Wilson ran a career-best of 59.76 to place sixth. The women's 4x400-meter relay earned a second-place finish, clocking a time of 3:59.51.

Emma Bates ran a career-best time in the 800-meters (2:13.69), finishing as the race runner-up, while Lauren Lucas also ran a career-best (2:14.52) to place fourth. Jessica Bottelberghe placed fifth (2:15.01), Marissa Opatz placed sixth (2:16.11) and Jamie Knapp placed eighth (2:17.28) to round out the top-eighth finishers.

In the field events, Alyssa Osai earned a second-place finish in the discus with a toss of 144'-1", while Mele Vaisima placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 41'-3". In the high jump, Michelle Glass cleared 5'-1" to place fourth, while Danielle Valentine placed fourth in the pole vault after clearing 11'-7.75". Heidi Dorling cleared 11'-1.75" to tie for fifth in the pole vault, while Samantha Risa cleared a career-best of 10'-2" to place seventh.

The Broncos will be back in action in one week when they head to Provo, Utah, to take on Brigham Young University and USC in a triangular meet, April 7.

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