Broncos Fare Well Despite Poor Provo Weather

Despite poor weather in the Salt Lake City area that canceled races Friday, the Boise State track team stormed back to perform admirably yesterday at the Robison Invitational.

While bad weather in the Salt Lake City area postponed most of Friday's competition in Provo , Boise State finally got to compete in BYU's Robison Track Invitational yesterday.

The Broncos made the most of it.

Senior Eleni Kafourou earned season bests in winning both the long jump and triple jump.  The much-decorated Kafourou won the long jump by leaping 20-feet, 11.50-inches.   Surging Racquel Jones placed fourth in the long jump (17-9), clocked a career-best 24.14 in the 200 to finish third and ran a 12.05 100 to finish third.  Kafourou finished just behind Jones in the 100 (12.14).  Ann Noyes was awarded fifth in the triple with a fine mark of 37-4, a seasonal best for Ann.

Heidi Doring was second in the pole vault, clearing 11-11.75 while BreAnna Craig finished fifth (11-5.75).

Boise State 's 400-meter relay team continues to impress.  Jones, Megan and Paige Olivetti and Destiny Gammage finished with a seasonal best 46.42 to earn third place.  Megan also finished seventh in the 200 with a seasonal best 24.71 and Paige was 10th (24.84).  Taryn Campos also ran a personal best of 24.97 to take 12th and shattered her career-best in the 400 by nearly four seconds (56.92) to take sixth.  Megan won the women's 100 with a time of 13.94 with teammate Monisha Davis taking fourth (14.29).

 Nadine Russell scored two career bests, coming in seventh in the hammer (162-7.25).  Mele Vaisima was eighth (160-9.25) and Alyssa Osai came in 11th with a throw of 153-1.75.  Vaisima also finished 10th in the shot put with a throw of 40-feet, 2.25-inches and Russell was 11th with her second personal best (40-0.25).

Freshman Emily Funkhouser is proving her worth already, finishing third in the 400-meter hurdles in one minute, 2.85 seconds.  Another, Piper Delaney, finished sixth in the 1,500-meters with a career best of 4:49.40.  Paige Orcutt was eighth in the 800 (2:30.44).

Michael Walrath (1:52.46 in the 800) and Rolando Trammel (14.66 in the 110-meter hurdles) each topped their career bests and earned third-place finishes.  Trammel scored a second career best with a jump of 23-1.25 to place third in the long jump.  Kurt Felix finished eighth in that event with a mark of 22-10 and came in second in the long jump with a jump of 6-9.50.

Dusty Klein, Nick Tatro and Logan Fredrickson provided good support for Walrath in the 800, finishing fifth (1:53.77), seventh (1:55.36) and 10th (1:57.28) respectively.

Paul Robertson tied a career-best of 48.90 to place eighth in the 400 and finished ninth in the 200 (22.28) with a career-best.  Trammel was fifth (21.88) and Capelle sixth (21.89).  The 1600-meter relay team of Walrath, Klein, Fredrickson and Tatro was fifth with a time of 3:21.61.

Alex Nelson is improving by leaps and bounds, tossing a personal best of 198-3.50 to take second in the hammer while Trevor Kraychir finished fourth (194-7.50).

Eetu Viitala entered the javelin competition for the first time this season and finished fourth with a heave of 192-3.75 while teammate Chase Sexton threw the discus 158-8 to earn fifth place.  Viitala was also sixth in the 100, crossing the finish line in 11.06 seconds while Eric Capelle was eighth (11.08).

Friday's preliminary races were canceled by BYU, pushing the finals to Saturday. 

A handful of student-athletes competed in the Northwest Nazarene Invitational in Nampa .  Promising long-distance runner Kevin Rosaaen was a winner in the 5,000 with a time of 15:28.78.  Cassidy Bigsby was third (16:37.84) and Weston Carmichael took fourth (17:28.31).  Steven Piippo won the 100-meters (11:17) and the high jump (6-3) and finished sixth in the long jump (20-1) and Josh Butler was second in the high jump (6-1) and fourth in the long jump (20-4). 

Boise State concludes the regular season with the Idaho-Utah Border Clash this Friday and Saturday in Bronco Stadium.  From there, it's on to the Western Athletic Conference Championships May 12-15 and a chance for redemption!


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