Feb. 25, 2016
Day One Results
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The women's distance medley relay team of Alexis Fuller (1,200m), Chassity Love (400m), Sadi Henderson (800m) and Allie Ostrander (1,600m) set the meet record at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday evening with a time of 11:16.41, winning the event by 12 seconds over second-place Fresno State (11:28.45). The time also breaks the school record and is the third fastest in MW history.
Since Albuquerque is at 5,312 feet, altitude converted times will be used in most every running event this weekend in regards to placement on the national qualifying list. As such, the women's DMR time is converted to an 11:06.18. The time puts the Bronco DMR team in 13th place, one spot shy of the top 12 and a qualifying spot to the NCAA Championships.
"I thought we could win, but I didn't think we would run as fast as we did," said head coach Corey Ihmels. "Three freshmen, one sophomore, I think we're 13th on the NCAA list so we're the first team out which is a little frustrating. All those young ladies competed hard."
"You look at all those races, Sadi held somebody off on the last lap, Allie did what Allie does, Chassity went up in distance and she fought hard and Alexis Fuller -- once she kind of figures it out she's going to be really great. Every single one of those kids got better today, and that's what you want to see at the conference meet."
The men's DMR team of Andrew Rafla (1,200m), Fernando Martinez (400m), Elijah Armstrong (800m) and David Elliott (1,600m) also excelled, taking second with a time of 9:48.34. Utah State (9:47.99) edged the Broncos out at the line, but the Boise State time is the fastest in school history.
"I think any time you run the fastest time in school history at altitude, that's pretty awesome," said Ihmels. "I thought all those guys fought hard and competed hard, we got beat by a little bit, but they competed hard and that's what the conference meet is about. All those guys got a chance to run today, and that's going to help as we move forward the next couple days."
After day one, the Boise State men are in second place with eight points and the women's team is in third with 10. Day two action will start tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m. (MT) with the women's weight throw.