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WAC Track Championships--Current Standings

The Triple Jump has just been decided on the women's side--Louisiana Tech came away with the lion's share of the points.  Just the 5,000-meters and the 4 x 400-meter relay for both sexes remains.
Tech went to town in the triple jump, far better than expected, and it now appears they will win their seventh consecutive title.  Men's side still to close to call between Boise State and Utah State, but the Broncos would have to outdual the Aggies in the 5,000--

1.  Utah State 150
2.  Boise State 138
3.  Louisiana Tech 113
4.  Fresno State 83
5.  Idaho 71

1.  Louisiana Tech 142
2.  Utah State 117
3.  Nevada 115.5
4.  Fresno State 87
5.  New Mexico State 72
6.  Idaho 68
7.  Boise State 66
8.  Hawai'i 564.5

BREAKING--Boise State Has Clinched Commissioner's Cup

With Fresno State unable to finish higher than third in women's track and with the Boise State men clinching at least second in men's track, the Broncos have clinched the WAC Commissioner's Cup.

There are five events left in track but most of the team placings are pretty well decided, including the important information shown above.  As of the moment, Boise State has at least 90.75 Cup points and the most that Fresno State can get is 90.25 points with championships in softball and baseball.

This is the second consecutive year that Boise State has won the Cup, and the third time in the last six years.

Congratulations to Boise State, to Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier, the entire athletic department staff and especially to all the coaches and tremendous student-athletes for a job well done!

WAC Track Championships--Current Standings

3 women's events and 2 men's events to go.  Here are the standings:

1.  Utah State 150
2.  Boise State 138
3.  Louisiana Tech 113
4.  Fresno State 83
5.  Idaho 71

1.  Utah State 117
2.  Nevada 115.5
3.  Louisiana Tech 97
4.  Fresno State 85
5.  New Mexico State 71
6.  Idaho 68
7.  Boise State 66
8.  Hawai'i 55.5

Based on seeds from the remaining five events, here are the current projected final standings:


1.  Utah State 161
2.  Boise State 148
3.  Louisiana Tech 123
4.  Fresno State 97
5.  Idaho 85


1.  Nevada 127.5
2.  Utah State 127
3.  Louisiana Tech 122
4.  Fresno State 97
5.  New Mexico State 90
6.  Idaho 86
8.  Hawai'i 68.5
7.  Boise State 66

Trammel Upset in 110-Meter Hurdles

Event 24  Men 110 Meter Hurdles
All Time WAC: * 13.53  1994        Robert Foster, Fresno State                     
Championship: ! 13.72  1994        Robert Foster, Fresno State                     
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind Points       
  1 Walker, Billy Ray         SR Louisiana Tech           14.32   0.4  10    14.315
  2 Trammel, Rolando          SO Boise State              14.32   0.4   8    14.317
  3 Blaser, Andrew            JR Idaho                    14.34   0.4   6          
  4 Malnes, Justin            FR Boise State              14.66   0.4   4          
  5 Hayes, Kendall            FR Louisiana Tech           14.79   0.4   2          
  6 Boully, AJ                SO Utah State               15.14   0.4   1          
  7 Peterson, Jacob           SO Utah State               15.62   0.4              
 -- Mashler, Andrew           SO Fresno State               DNF   0.4          

Bronco Women 2nd in 400 Relay

A bit of a surprise for the Broncos--awesome job!

Event 35  Women 4x100 Meter Relay
All Time WAC: * 43.70  1997        T C U, TCU                                       
Championship: ! 43.70  1997        Tcu, TCU                                         
    School                                               Finals  Points             
  1 Nevada                                                46.29   10                
     1) Hearns, Baylee FR               2) Earls, Angelica JR                       
     3) Amoah, Deborah SO               4) Pate, April JR                           
  2 Boise State                                           46.40    8                
     1) Jordan, Steffanie FR            2) Gammage, Destiny SO                      
     3) Campos, Taryn SO                4) Jones, Racquel SO                        
  3 Fresno State                                          46.44    6                
     1) Stephens, Shanelle JR           2) Thompson, Breeauna SO                    
     3) Hilliard, Tiera SR              4) Jordan, Latrisha JR                      
  4 New Mexico St.                                        46.54    5                
     1) Perkins, Alishia FR             2) Benton, Leah SR                          
     3) Aldredge, LaSasha SO            4) Cleveland, Jndia JR                      
  5 Utah State                                            46.76    4                
     1) Cannon, Ashlee SR               2) Haymore, Aubrie SO                       
     3) Witworth, Bailee SO             4) Heiner, Katelyn SR                       
  6 Hawaii                                                50.15    3                
     1) Alvarez, Candace SO             2) Saddleton, Sarah SO                      
     3) Kaneakua, Bronte FR             4) Satterwhite, Ashley FR                   
 -- Louisiana Tech                                          DNF                     
     1) Hayes, Chelsea SR               2) Lewis-Baker, Chasidee SR                 
     3) Hanneman, Stacia JR             4) Wright, Monique SR                       
 -- Idaho                                                    DQ   no baton at finish
     1) Rowland, Cait FR                2) Hurrel, Karlene SO                       
     3) Goode, Emma JR                  4) Velvere, Liga SO                  

Butler 2nd in High Jump

Event 4  Men High Jump
 Progression 1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97 2.02 2.05 2.08 2.11 2.14                        
All Time WAC: * 2.32m  1982        Milt Ottey, UTEP                              
Championship: ! 2.30m  1982        Milt Ottey, UTEP                              
    Name                    Year School                  Finals            Points
  1 Silcock, Clint            SR Utah State               2.08m    6-09.75  10   
     1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97 2.02 2.05 2.08 2.15                                     
        P    P    P    P    P   XO    O  XXX                                     
  2 Butler, Joshua            FR Boise State              2.05m    6-08.75   8   
     1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97 2.02 2.05 2.08                                          
        P    P  XXO    O   XO    O  XXX                                          
  3 Follet, Eric              JR Utah State               2.02m    6-07.50   6   
     1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97 2.02 2.05                                               
        P    P    O    O    O  XXX                                               
  4 Blaser, Andrew            JR Idaho                    1.97m    6-05.50   2.33
     1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97 2.02                                                    
        P    P    O    O  XXX                                                    
  4 Trammel, Rolando          SO Boise State              1.97m    6-05.50   2.33
     1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97 2.02                                                    
        P    P    O    O  XXX                                                    
  4 Hutson, Darian            JR Fresno State             1.97m    6-05.50   2.33
     1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97 2.02                                                    
        P    P    O    O  XXX                                                    
  7 Roque, Jonathan           SR Louisiana Tech          J1.97m    6-05.50       
     1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97 2.02                                                    
        P    O    X    O  XXX                                                    
  8 Bennett, Tyler            FR Idaho                    1.92m    6-03.50       
     1.82 1.87 1.92 1.97                                                         
      XXO    O   XO  XXX                                                         
  9 Hamlett, Kenneth          JR Utah State               1.87m    6-01.50       

Sexton 2nd in Discus

Event 12  Men Discus Throw
 Top 9 to finals                                                                 
All Time WAC: * 67.66m  2004        Hannes Hopley, SMU                           
Championship: ! 65.68m  1984        Stefan Fernholm, BYU                         
    Name                    Year School                  Finals            Points
  1 Jones, Larry              SR Louisiana Tech          53.33m     175-00  10   
      48.34m  45.55m  53.33m  52.58m  FOUL  FOUL                                 
  2 Sexton, Chase             JR Boise State             53.13m     174-04   8   
      51.23m  49.14m  53.13m  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL                                   
  3 Hall, Spencer             SR Utah State              49.24m     161-06   6   
      FOUL  FOUL  FOUL  47.26m  49.24m  47.40m                                   
  4 Sandri, Brice             FR Fresno State            48.86m     160-04   4   
      FOUL  48.86m  47.33m  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL                                     
  5 Thomee, Pontus            SR Boise State             47.95m     157-04   2   
      FOUL  FOUL  43.90m  47.95m  FOUL  FOUL                                     
  6 Rothwell, Kyle            FR Idaho                   47.83m     156-11   1   
      FOUL  46.47m  47.75m  46.18m  47.83m  40.73m                               
  7 Cunningham, Donavon       JR Idaho                   47.77m     156-09       
      46.39m  46.56m  46.68m  FOUL  47.77m  FOUL                                 
  8 Levkiv, Andrey            FR Idaho                   44.41m     145-08       
      44.41m  38.80m  FOUL  42.05m  FOUL  43.50m                                 
  9 Gonzales, Raul            SR Fresno State            43.73m     143-06       

Valentine Wins Pole Vault

Event 5  Women Pole Vault
 Progression 3.15 3.30 3.45 3.60 3.75 3.85 3.95 4.05                             
All Time WAC: * 4.40m  2008        Melinda Owen, Idaho                           
Championship: ! 4.36m  1998        Melissa Price, Fresno State                   
    Name                    Year School                  Finals            Points
  1 Valentine, Danielle       SO Boise State              3.85m   12-07.50  10   
     3.15 3.30 3.45 3.60 3.75 3.85 4.00                                          
        P    P   XO   XO    O    O  XXX                                          
  2 Echaverria, Alicia        SR Nevada                   3.75m   12-03.50   8   
     3.15 3.30 3.45 3.60 3.75 3.85                                               
        P    P    P    O    O  XXX                                               
  3 Greenman, Andrea          SR Fresno State            J3.75m   12-03.50   6   
     3.15 3.30 3.45 3.60 3.75 3.85                                               
        P    P    O    O   XO  XXX                                               
  4 Dorling, Heidi            JR Boise State              3.60m   11-09.75   5   
     3.15 3.30 3.45 3.60 3.75                                                    
        P    P    P    O  XXX                                                    
  5 Thompson, Amber           JR Utah State               3.45m   11-03.75   4   
     3.15 3.30 3.45 3.60                                                         
       XO    O    O  XXX                                                         
  6 Morrison, Kaleigh         FR Hawaii                  J3.45m   11-03.75   3   
     3.15 3.30 3.45 3.60                                                         
        O    O  XXO  XXX                                                         
  7 Owen, Caitlin             FR Nevada                   3.30m   10-10.00   1.50
     3.15 3.30 3.45                                                              
        P    O  XXX                                                              
  7 Ramsey, Mallory           SR Hawaii                   3.30m   10-10.00   1.50

Trammel, Butler 2nd, 3rd in Triple Jump

Event 10  Men Triple Jump
 Top 9 to finals                                                                      
All Time WAC: * 17.04m  1981        Steve Hanna, UTEP                                 
Championship: ! 16.55m  2008        Ryan Grinnell, Boixe State                        
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind           Points
  1 Lovingood, Justin         FR Fresno State            15.28m  -0.7  50-01.75  10   
     15.28m(-0.7) 14.99m(2.4) 14.40m(-2.6) PASS      PASS      PASS                   
  2 Trammel, Rolando          SO Boise State             14.94m  -0.5  49-00.25   8   
     14.24m(2.6) 14.75m(-4.2) 14.94m(-0.5) PASS      PASS      PASS                   
  3 Butler, Joshua            FR Boise State             14.68m   1.0  48-02.00   6   
     14.31m(0.3) 12.59m(0.8) 14.50m(1.3) FOUL      FOUL      14.68m(1.0)              
  4 Jackson, Emmanuel         JR Fresno State            14.48m   1.2  47-06.25   4   
     14.16m(-0.1) FOUL(1.2) 14.48m(1.2) FOUL(1.2) 14.18m(1.2) 14.05m(1.3)             
  5 Szade, Damian             SR Utah State              14.40m   1.1  47-03.00   2   
     12.92m(0.4) 13.60m(0.5) 13.73m(1.8) 14.28m(0.3) 14.40m(1.1) 14.30m(1.1)          
  6 Hyacinth, Darius          FR Louisiana Tech          14.37m  -0.2  47-01.75   1   
     FOUL      14.37m(-0.2) 14.12m(3.8) 14.37m(2.4) FOUL      FOUL                    
  7 Ward, Reagan              FR Utah State              13.99m   1.8  45-10.75       
     12.47m(-1.6) FOUL(1.4) 13.99m(1.8) 13.76m(2.2) FOUL      13.83m(0.1)             
  8 Hamlett, Kenneth          JR Utah State              13.92m   1.7  45-08.00       
     FOUL      FOUL      13.58m(-2.6) FOUL      13.44m(0.6) 13.92m(1.7)               
  9 Jones, Rendel             JR Idaho                   13.87m   2.1  45-06.25       
     13.87m(2.1) FOUL      13.62m(2.5) 13.68m(3.2) 13.44m(1.0) 13.44m(1.5)           

Fresno State Ends Broncos' Season

Unfortunately, the WAC Softball Tournament went exactly as I had projected it, with Boise State finishing third. Fresno State beat the Broncos tonight 3-2 to end their season.  It will be hometown Fresno State against #1 seed New Mexico State in the final tomorrow afternoon.

WAC Track Championships: Nelson and Kraychir Go 1-2 in Hammer

Event 14  Men Hammer Throw
Top 9 to finals                                                                
All Time WAC: * 78.58m  2002        Libor Charfreitag, SMU                      
Championship: ! 76.48m  2002        Libor Charfreitag, SMU                      
    Name                    Year School                  Finals            Points
  1 Nelson, Alex              JR Boise State             63.08m     206-11  10  
      62.83m  63.08m  FOUL  62.54m  FOUL  FOUL                                  
  2 Kraychir, Trevor          JR Boise State             59.61m     195-07   8  
      58.50m  59.29m  56.83m  58.45m  55.50m  59.61m                            
  3 Rothwell, Kyle            FR Idaho                   53.03m     174-00   6  
      53.03m  FOUL  51.43m  FOUL  FOUL  51.13m                                  
  4 Gonzales, Raul            SR Fresno State            53.02m     173-11   4  
      49.87m  52.21m  FOUL  52.51m  53.02m  51.68m                              
  5 Hall, Spencer             SR Utah State              50.90m     167-00   2  
      FOUL  50.36m  50.90m  FOUL  50.68m  49.78m                                
  6 Acero, Gabriel            JR Fresno State            50.70m     166-04   1  
      FOUL  50.70m  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL                                      
  7 Jones, Larry              SR Louisiana Tech          49.38m     162-00      
      43.24m  49.38m  FOUL  47.75m  FOUL  48.55m                                
  8 Canavan, Joe              JR Utah State              47.95m     157-04      

WAC Softball Tournament: Fresno State Leading Lousiana Tech

Fresno has a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 7th.  This is a rematch from their first-round game in which Tech won.  Boise State awaits the winner tonight at 8.  The winner of that game will meet New Mexico State in te championship tomorrow afternoon and must win twice to be crowned WAC Champion.

WAC Softball: New Mexico State Pours It On Boise State 7-0

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Some teams just seem to have your number, but can they really win four in a row over a great Boise State team?  Apparently so.

However, the Bronco defense is letting them down this time.  Both teams had five hits, but Boise State committed three errrors, and New Mexico State had a 4-0 lead after 4 and a half.  Still manageable.  But, a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth had Boise State facing a 7-0 deficit.  Boise State plays well against everyone in the conference but when they meet New Mexico State, they fall apart.

New Mexico State gets a berth in the championship. Boise State faces the winner of the Fresno State-Louisiana Tech game at 8 p.m. tonight in order to get there.

Another Path to the Cup

In the Cup Standings I posted earlier, I mentioned that if the Boise State men's track team finished ahead of Fresno State, Boise State would clinch the WAC Commissioner's Cup.  I just analyzed all the data from softball and track and here is another path:

If the Boise State softball team wins today, Boise State will also all but clinch the Cup.  This is because the Lady Broncos would get a minimum of 3.5 points for postseason in softball and the most Fresno State could get would be 4 for postseason.  Fresno State is likely to get 6.5 points for baseball (second place in the regular season and first in the tournament).  There are still two weeks left in that season--currently Hawai'i is 13-4 and Fresno State is 13-7.  The highest that Fresno State can now finish in women's track is third place while Boise State could get last, resulting in a five-point advantage there.  The lowest that Boise State can now finish in men's track is third and the highest Fresno State can finish is first, resulting in a two-point difference.

Add them together:

= 14 is the maximum number of points that Fresno could pick up.  Fresno State is 14.25 points behind currently.  Again, note that if Fresno State could bounce back and win the regular season in baseball, that would give them a half a point which would win the cup by .25 points.

In any case, an announcement could be coming today.  It isn't a "done deal" yet.

Up-to-the Minute WAC Commissioner's Cup Standings

With Utah State and Hawai'i eliminated from the WAC Softball Championships, here are the up-to-date Commissioner's Cup Standings.  As I mentioned in the other post, Utah State and New Mexico State have been eliminated from taking the Cup this year.  The maximum that both schools can now reach will not catch Boise State.

Stay tuned to this blog and, barring the same awful blogspot closure that happened yesterday, I could have an announcement of the clinching of the Cup before the day is out.

1.  Boise State 86.50
2.  New Mexico State 73.50 
3.  Fresno State 72.25
4.  Utah State 68.00
5.  Idaho 56.50
6.  Nevada 54.25
7.  Hawai'i 50.50
8.  San Jose State 50.00
9.  Louisiana Tech  43.50 

Which Receiver (s) Will Now Hop Aboard Boise State?

Recruits have all kinds of reasons for choosing which school they want to go to, but if I'm a receiver, I jump all over Boise State with quarterback Nick Patti committed.  The other things are all great, but if I'm a football player, I sure as heck want a great quarterback thowing to me.  Patti is that guy.

I could be wrong, but I see a commitment coming from one of the following very soon:

Conner Crane
Gerald Thomas
Demetrious Davis
Chris Davis
Shane Rhoades
Bryce Treggs

Patti Commits to Boise State

Last Week, I told you that Boise State was interested in Florida quarterback Nick Patti.  Now we know that the feeling is mutual as several sources have said that Patti has committed to Boise State.  According to the reports, Patti will be the only quarterback in the 2012 Recruting Class.

According to my source in Florida, Patti is the top quarterback in the state.  He won MVP quarterback awards at Nike camps in both Miami and Tallahassee.  He completed 66.9% of his throws for 28 touchdowns and just one interception.  Not only can he sling the ball like Kellen Moore, but he has 4.49 speed in the 40.  Patti ran for 377 yards as a junior.

Patti's father, Ed, was interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel, and had this to say:

"As a father, when you hand your son over to somebody you want to have a lot of respect for the person you are handing him over to.  "Chris Petersen is the real deal."

Nick did not see any program that was able to match Boise State, as he explained to the Sentinel:

"I don't see that happening and that's why I pulled the trigger so soon," Nick said. "Anyone could come and put them right next to Boise and it would still be the best place for me."

Welcome to Boise Nick!

WAC Track Championships: Jones Finishes 3rd in Long Jump

Boise State's Racquel Jones was third yesterday in the long jump at the WAC Track Championships, jumping 19-10.25.  Louisiana Tech senior Chelsea Hayes won the event with a jump of 20-10.  Boise State's Alexi Morton, who finished third in the heptathlon Wednesday, came back and finished fifth with a jump of 18-7.25.

WAC Track Championships: Boise State Posts 19 in Long Jump

As expected, Boise State dominated the men's long jump yesterday, led by Eetu Viitala, who jumped 24-5 to win the competition by a foot.  Rolando Trammel finished secodn (23-2.75) while Joshua Butler was sixth (21-4.75).

WAC Track Championships: Thomee and Cartwright Go 1-2 in Javelin

Boise State's Pontus Thomee and Alex Cartwright went according to seed yesterday, taking the top two spots in the javelin at the WAC Track Championships.  Thomee hurled the spear 211-feet, 8 inches, while Cartright came close at 209-10.

Sawyer Bosch Wins Steeplechase

Boise State's Sawyer Bosch proved his #1 seed was deserving, as he won the 3000-meter steeplechase yesterday at the WAC Track Championships in Honolulu.  Bosch completed the course in 8:55.80, edging Utah State's Daniel Howell by half a second.  Teammate Kevin Higgs finished fifth in 9:15.12.

WAC Outdoor Track Championships: Standings Going Into Final Day

1.  Utah State 64 (-2 from projection)
2.  Boise State 58 (-2 from projection)
3.  Idaho 56 (+18 from projection)
4.  Fresno State 25 (-20 from projection)
5.  Louisiana Tech 14 (+2 from projection)

1.  Nevada 53 (+1 from projection)
2.  Utah State 47 (+7)
3.  Hawai'i 37 (+4)
4.  Louisiana Tech 34
5.  Idaho 28 (-2)
6.  New Mexico State 27 (-5)
7.  Boise State 23 (-1)
8.  Fresno State 21 (-5)

Utah State and New Mexico State Eliminated From WAC Commissioner's Cup Race

With the results yesterday from softball and track, Utah State and New Mexico State have both been eliminated from the WAC Commissioner's Cup race.  Even if those two schools finished as high as possible the rest of the way, they can not catch Boise State.  It's down to a two-school race between the Broncos and Fresno State.

Another easy item to follow--if the Boise State men's track team finishes ahead of Fresno State (it doesn't matter which position), Boise State will clinch the Cup.  In any case, we could know as early as today if Boise State has clinched its second Cup win in four years.

Broncos Win Thriller Against Louisiana Tech 3-2

First of all, I want to say that Megan Krieg of Louisiana Tech is amazing.  She first shut down Fresno State on two hits on their home field, then allowed just two runs through 12 innings against a powerful Boise State team.  She struck out 16 but walked 8 (actually can't believe the Tech coach left her in that long).  I guess they figured she was doing so amazing that once they took her out, Tech would lose their best chance.

Holly Bourke's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th inning finally ending the marathon.  I'm surprised that Tech came back and won its game last night after going 13 with Boise State.  Credit Lela Work who usually does spot duty but yesterday pitched I believe the last 9 innings, hold Tech down.

Meanwhile, the Broncos get their shot at New Mexico State this afternoon at 3 Mountain Time.  Boise State needs to win one of the next two games to reach the championship game.

My Apologies

The entire network has been down since 1:30 yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.  As you know, I pride myself in providing the most complete and up-to-date information on the Broncos and just as the Hawai'i-New Mexico State game was coming to an exciting finish, the blog went down.  So I have lots to tell you!