"It feels great to see all the hard work pay off and I know I have even more I can contribute to the team," Bertleson said. "I am jumping really well we head into the WAC Championships (Feb. 28-Mar. 1). This meet I just tried to relax and focus on what it takes to succeed and that really helped my performance."
Bertleson first broke the school record two weeks ago at the United Heritage Classic when she topped 12-7.5. Freshmen teammates Heidi Dorling and Breanna Craig each vaulted 11-5.25 to tie for sixth in the event.
Heigo Nurmsalu and Eric Demers finished one-two in the men's long jump for the 6th-ranked Bronco men's team, with Nurmsalu leaping 22-feet, 10.25 inches and Demers posting a 22-9.25. Marc Bybee finished fourth with a jump of 22-1.75.
Nick Taylor posted the fifth fastest time in the WAC this
season in winning the 200-meter qualifying with a time of 21.79.
In addition to Bertleson's heroics, the Bronco women were led by Paige Olivetti, who was the fastest qualifier in the 400 meters. Olivetti, who ran a 56.36, is now in third place in the WAC but needs to shave four seconds off her time to make the NCAA's. Sister Megan Olivetti is now fifth in the WAC with her time of 56.95. Paige also finished third in the 200 meters with a season-best time of 24.91.
Three Lady Broncos qualified for the 60-meter final. Nataucha Lowry finished second in qualifying with a time of 7.80. Lowry needs to improve to 7.26 to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships. Megan Olivetti and Nesha Simeone will join Lowry in today's final with season-best times of 7.81 and 8.01, respectably.
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