April 14, 2013
OGDEN, Utah - The Boise State track and field program earned five titles and one record book mark Saturday (April 13) at the 2013 Wildcat Invitational hosted by Weber State University. The meet featured only a handful of events, working as a sister meet with Utah's Spring Classic which was held Friday.
The Bronco men earned three titles, while the women earned two titles alongside Emma Bates' all-time top-three performance in the 1500-meters.
Bates raced in her first meet of the outdoor season, clocking a career-best time of 4:26.12 in the 1500-meters to place second. Her time marks the third-fastest in school history, replacing Breanna Sande's 2007 mark of 4:27.16. Rici Morrill finished one spot behind in third with a time of 4:35.24.
Taryn Campos earned a win on the track for the Broncos, breaking the tape of the 400-meter dash in a career-best time of 55.39-seconds. Mackenzie Flannigan ran a time of 56.14-seconds to place third in the race.
Lauran Johnson earned the women's second win of the meet, taking the triple jump title with an outdoor-best mark of 38'-6.75" (11.75m). Kimberly Miller placed second with a mark of 37'-11.25" (11.56m).
On the men's side Daveon Collins remained undefeated this weekend in the 100-meters, capturing the Wildcat Invite title in a wind-aided time of 10.54-seconds. His teammates Jordin Andrade and Bret Scheve helped to sweep the top three spots, placing second (10.91w) and third (10.96w), respectively.
Justin Malnes also earned his second win of the weekend, clocking a time of 14.61-seconds to win the 110-meter hurdles.
Kyler Osborne earned the final win of the day for Boise State, tying with Utah Valley's Mark Jones for the men's javelin title. Osborne threw a mark of 177'-5" (54.08m) on the day.
The Bronco women added a handful of top-three finishers to their success Saturday with Heather Pilcher and Destiny Gammage placing second (12.25) and third (12.28), respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Tajanee Simmons earned a runner-up spot in the 100-meter hurdles (15.16), while Anna Preciado and Shelby McIntyre went second (11:44.22) and third (12:29.75) in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Boise State's men wrapped up the day with a runner-up title in the 4x100-meter relay. Collins, Scheve and Jordin were joined by Jeff Daw to for the second-place team which ran a time of 41.69-seconds.
Other Bronco women earning top-eight finishes: Yvonne Bennett - 400m (4th); Kate Holman - 100m hurdles (5th); Steffanie Jordan - 100m (4th); Alexis Keyes - Triple Jump (4th); Lauren Lucas - 1500m (6th); Marissa Opatz - 1500m (8th) and Kasie Trigg - Triple Jump (5th).
Other Bronco men earning top-eight finishes: Ryan Byrd - 3000m steeplechase (6th); Jeff Daw - 400m (7th); Wyatt Diderickson - 1500m (7th); Nick Lobb - 3000m steeplechase (4th); Jeremy Malnes - 110m hurdles (7th); Kyle Merritt - 1500m (8th); Drew O'donoghue-McDonald - 1500m (4th); and Adam Ruggiero - High Jump (5th).
The Broncos look forward to three meets in the coming weekend, including the Oregon Relays held April 18-20 in Eugene, Ore., the Mt. SAC Relays held in Walnut, Calif., April 18-20 and the Northwest Nazarene Invitational in Nampa, Idaho , April 20. The team will split between the three meets for competition.