April 25, 2014
PROVO, Utah - Boise State began competing Friday morning at the BYU Clarence Robison Invitational and came away with three first-place finishes. Allison Jeffries won the open pole vault, Brandi Williams claimed first place in the long jump and Danielle Zehrung finished first in the mile. Many Broncos competed in trials of track events and qualified for spots in the finals tomorrow.
Boise State started the day with the women's hammer throw and quickly snagged two top-10 finishes. Hayli Bozarth lead the charge with a second-place finish (196-8.75 / 59.96m) that gave her the third-best throw in school history. Karyna Armstrong, a redshirt freshman from Reno, Nev., held her own in placing sixth with a season-high throw of 182-7.25 (55.66m).
Roderick Townsend cleared 6-7.25 (2.01m) for third place in the men's high jump and Jordan Ward leapt 5-9 (1.75m) for a second-place finish on the women's side.
In the long jump, Williams' first-place finish (19-2.75 / 5.86m) was the best mark for any Boise State long jumper on the women's side this season. Jasmyn Jewett was close behind in third place (19-0 / 5.79m) and Kimberly Miller took sixth with a jump of 18-6 (5.64m). Dominique Drayden led the men with a third-place finish (22-10.75 / 6.98m).
Jeffries' first-place finish in the open pole vault (12-10.25 / 3.92m) set a new school record, breaking the previous school record that she set last weekend at the Oregon Relays. Jeffries has now finished in first place in three consecutive pole vault events, dating back to the Sun Angel Classic on April 13.
Kyle Brush and Bryce Bergevin finished in third and fourth place in the 800m, respectively. Brush ran a 1:55.99 and Bergevin clocked a 1:58.12.
In the mile, Zehrung recorded her first-place finish in 5:10.53. Cara Strodel finished in third (5:13.61) and Shelby McIntyre was right behind in fourth (5:15.23). On the men's side, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald recorded a fourth-place finish (4:11.23).
The competitors who participated in trials and qualified for finals tomorrow: Shannon Susbauer, 100m and 200m; Allison Jeffries, 100m hurdles; Justin Malnes, 110m hurdles; Danny Verdieck, 110m hurdles; Alexandru Terpezan, 100m and 200m; Fernando Martinez, 400m hurdles and Rex Stanley, 400m hurdles.
Boise State will be back in action tomorrow morning when Matt Post competes in the hammer throw at 10 a.m. (MT).