April 19, 2013
WALNUT, Calif. – Boise State track and field athletes, Marisa VanderMalle and Emma Bates, set school records in the first day of collegiate competition at the 55th Mt. SAC Relays hosted by Mt. San Antonio College. The pair were joined by a handful of teammates who competed late into the evening Thursday (April 18) at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
VanderMalle was the first to set a record on Thursday, clocking a 10:27.24 finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Her time was good for 13th out of 19 runners in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase Olympic Development race. The redshirt sophomore smashed her career-best time by over four-seconds, bumping her to first from the second-best Bronco in steeplechase history. VanderMalle’s school record replaces a 10-year old record of 10:30.98 set by Robin Nixon (2003).
Bates earned her school record late in the evening Thursday, placing third out of 27 in the women’s 10000-meter Invitational Elite race. Also a redshirt sophomore, Bates shattered her career-best running a time of 33:49.64, improving by nearly a minute. She jumps from the third fastest Bronco all-time to the school record holder, replacing Abby Peters who ran a time of 34:16.14 in 2000.
Two additional Bronco women earned career-best times on Thursday afternoon in the 1500-meter University/Open race. Rici Morrill clocked a time of 4:25.92 to win the fourth heat and place 23rd out of 158 runners, while Lauren Lucas won the ninth heat in a time of 4:33.45, good for 80th overall.
Erin McLaughlin was the final Bronco woman to race Thursday, placing ninth out of 22 in the women’s 10000-meter University/Open race. McLaughlin had a near career-best time of 35:55.85.
For the Bronco men Drew O’donoghue-McDonald kicked-off the day racing to a 14th-place finish out of 132 runners in the men’s 1500-meter University/Open race. The junior was fifth in a competitive heat, clocking a commendable time of 3:47.09.
A few hours later Zach Wiles raced in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase Olympic Development race, placing seventh out of 17. Wiles crossed the finish in 9:02.83, his second-best time this season.
Wrapping up for the Broncos late in the evening was Barak Watson, David Elliott and Aaron Back who all raced in the men’s 10000-meter Olympic Development Elite race. Watson was the first Bronco to cross the finish, placing 12th in 29:52.45. Elliott crossed shortly behind in 29:56.43 in 14th-place, while Back placed 15th in 29:57.05 out of the 29-person race.
Seventeen Broncos will compete on the track and in the field throughout the day on Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays. Full results from the meet can be found at http://www.mtsacrelays.com/results.html, while live streaming of the events can be viewed at http://www.mtsacrelays.com/webcastflo.html.