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Broncos Go 1-2 in 5,000m

Feb. 26, 2016

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Minttu Hukka won the 5,000m at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday with a time of 16:57.89, giving the Broncos their second title of the meet. Brenna Peloquin finished right behind Hukka in the 5,000m after crossing the line in 17:02.19, securing the best event of the day for Boise State.

"We have a really talented women's group," head coach Corey Ihmels said. "For Minttu to get a title is fantastic, and Brenna finished in second and helped her out along the way. Gracie is really coming along, too, she scored for the first time at a conference meet today."

Gracie Tostenson finished in seventh in the 5,000m, crossing the line in 17:30.86. The men's 5,000m was led by Elijah Armstrong who placed sixth after clocking a 14:54.32. Chandler Austin also finished in the top ten, securing ninth with a time of 15:01.55.

After the successful women's 5k, the story of the day was Alexis Fuller and Sadi Henderson in the 800m preliminaries. Fuller ran a blistering 2:08.92, giving the freshman the school record and a spot in tomorrow's finals after finishing second in her heat. Henderson -- the owner of the No. 2 800m time in school history -- won her heat with a time of 2:10.94 to also qualify for the finals.

"I think she's starting to realize her potential," Ihmels said on Fuller. "To come into this environment and do what she did today, I think is just tip of the iceberg. I think she has the potential to be really, really good, and we're starting to see that."

The Broncos picked up nine points in the women's weight throw thanks to Britlie Silvester's fourth-place effort with a throw of 59-9.50 (18.22m) and Karyna Armstrong's fifth-place toss of 59-8.50 (18.20m). The two marks were season bests for both Armstrong and Silvester. Mallory Nelson (54-4 / 16.56m) just missed the finals, but her throw was a career best.

On the men's side it was Juston Lindsley throwing for a personal best of 57-5.75 (17.52m) for sixth place. Drew Lindsley had a career-best throw of 47-7.75 (14.52m) for 13th.

"We had some people that weren't on the conference top-eight list coming into today, but they ended up scoring today," Ihmels said on the throwers. "That's what the conference meet is all about. They came in and competed today, it was fantastic."

Dusty Fisher (48.15), Alexandru Terpezan (48.19) and Fernando Martinez (48.33) all qualified to tomorrow's 400m final after taking fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively, in the preliminaries today. Fisher and Terpezan both enjoyed career-best times.

Terpezan and Fisher also both qualified to the 200m final after running a 21.14 and a 21.43, respectively, both of which are career bests. Chassity Love ran a 24.66 to place 10th in the 200m on the women's side, finishing just shy of a qualifying spot.

"I'm really excited about how they competed today," Ihmels said on the sprinters. "The 400m is a pretty good event in this conference, and they went out and took care of business. And then they came back and qualified in the 200m as well, and looked really good doing it."

Allison Jeffries was sixth in the pole vault clearing a height of 12-5.5 (3.80m). Tom Richardson just missed a qualifying spot in the 800m, recording a 1:53.03 for ninth place in the preliminaries. Danny Verdieck was 10th in the 60m hurdles preliminaries after running a season-best 8.50. Lastly, Camden Stoddard concluded the day with the men's high jump and secured a career-best mark of 6-7.50 (2.02m) for eighth place.

After two days of competition, the Boise State women are in second place with 41.5 points. The men are in sixth with 15. The day will start tomorrow with the women's shot put at 10 a.m.

Finishes -- (Q) = denotes qualifier | italics denotes a PR
Weight Throw --
6. Juston Lindsley -- 57-5.75 (17.52m) and 13. Drew Lindsley -- 47-7.75 (14.52m)
High Jump -- 8. Camden Stoddard -- 6-7.50 (2.02m)
200m Prelims --
3. Alexandru Terpezan (Q) -- 21.14 and 6. Dusty Fisher (Q) -- 21.43
400m Prelims --
5. Dusty Fisher (Q) -- 48.15, 7. Alexandru Terpezan (Q) -- 48.19, 8. Fernando Martinez (Q) -- 48.33, 18. Rex Stanley -- 50.10 and 19. Cameron Wrout -- 50.38
800m Prelims -- 9. Tom Richardson -- 1:53.03
5,000m -- 6. Elijah Armstrong -- 14:54.32, 9. Chandler Austin -- 15:01.55, 12. Aaron Back -- 15:09.34, 15. Louis McAfee -- 15:19.14 and 17. Rhys Park -- 15:25.45
60m Hurdles Prelims -- 10. Danny Verdieck -- 8.50

Weight Throw
-- 4. Britlie Silvester -- 59-9.50 (18.22m), 5. Karyna Armstrong -- 59-8.50 (18.20m), 11. Mallory Nelson -- 54-4 (16.56m) and 20. Courtney Hutchinson -- 50-3.5 (15.33m)
200m Prelims -- 10. Chassity Love -- 24.66
800m Prelims -- (H1)1. Sadi Henderson (Q) -- 2:10.94 and (H2)2. Alexis Fuller (Q) -- 2:08.92
5,000m -- 1. Minttu Hukka -- 16:57.89, 2. Brenna Peloquin -- 17:02.19 and 7. Gracie Tostenson -- 17:30.86

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