Bronco Track Teams Victorious in Nampa

The #25 Boise State men and the Bronco women combined for 11 titles to capure the bulk of the events at the United Heritage Invitational this weekend in Nampa. The Broncos set two records and earned four NCAA provisional marks along the way.

The Boise State track team captured six more titles in the final day of the United Heritage Invitational today in Nampa. The Bronco men took six events to win the competition compared to three each for Utah State and Sacramento State and one for Washington.  The Bronco women also captured six titles to outdistance Sacramento State (3), Cal-Santa Barbara and Nevada (2 each) and Utah State and Northwest Nazarene with one apiece.

Sophomore Sawyer Bosch won the 5,000 meters in 14:52.69 to lead a 1-2-3 sweep and the Broncos beat out defending Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State in the 4 x 400-meter relay.  Brian Pierre (15:11:62) finished second for Boise State in the 5,000 with Scott Foley (15:46.95) taking third.

Nationally-ranked Ryan Grinnell surprised USU's Clint Silcock and Casey Parker, the #1 and #3 high jumpers in the WAC, with a leap of 7-feet, one-inch.  The two Aggie stars cleared 6-11 to finish behind Grinnell.  Grinnell followed that NCAA provisional mark with another in the long jump by recording a 24-9 jump, good for third place.

Senior Simon Wardhaugh, who has the second best weight throw in the nation, earned another title by tossing the weight 68-8.50.  Teammate Trevor Kraychir was second with a distance of 62-0.5. 

Dusty Klein ran a nice 800 (1:55.43) to finish second to Sacramento State's David Rabinowitz (1:53.46). 

Paige Olivetti, who won the 200 meters on Friday, was victorious in the women's 400 today in running 56:31 and also helped the 4 x 400-meter relay team win.  Breanna Sande is returning to form just when it counts with a win in the 5,000 meters.  Sande completed the distance in 17:59.69, leading a 1-2-3 sweep.  Karleigh Gempler (18:17.82) and Kendra Hernandez (18:39.59) completed the sweep for Boise State.  

Utah State's Vanessa Hawkins captured the 3,000 meters (10:45.48) but Boise State's Melody Braden (11:06:29), Heidi Suder (11:08.82) and Pamila Ward (11:12:25) were 2-3-4.

Boise State closes out their regular season next weekend in hosting the Boise State Invitational at Jackson's Track in Nampa  Following that meet, the Broncos get a chance for revenge against Utah State, which stole their title last season, in the WAC Championships.


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