Saturday, March 31, 2012

Boise State Captures All-Idaho Cup Title

The Boise State track and field team captured 11 individual titles in running away with the All-Idaho Cup at NNU today.  The Boise State men scored 259 points while the women earned 210 points.

Idaho State, which is picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference, finished second this weekend with 173.50 points on the men's side and the Bengal women's attempt to score a huge upset over the Boise State women nearly succeeded, with ISU falling short by just four points.  NNU was third in both the men's competition (108 points) and the women's (111 points) while the College of Idaho was fourth with 36.50 and 61 points, respectively.

Although the University of Idaho is of course, in Idaho, the Vandals chose not to come down and compete this weekend.

Chase Sexton won the discus and shot put, heaving the discus a lifetime best 178' 11" and posting a mark of 55' 9.75" in the shot put.  Trevor Kraychir won the hammer throw with a mark of 188'8".  Justin Maines won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.76 while Manoah Wesson took the Cup title in the 400 with a time of 47.73.  Rolando Trammel sprinted in first to take the 100 meters (11.04) while the Bronco 4x100-meter relay team won its event with a time of 41.44.

The Bronco women's 4x100-meter relay team was victorious with a time of 46.99.  Tajanee Simmons won the 100-meter hurdles (15.11) while Debra Johnson won the triple jump with a career-best 40'2" and Shea Hanson captured the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:17:63.

Boise State will be in Provo, Utah next Saturday for an important clash with BYU and USC.

Boise State Has Defeated #25 Fresno State

Andy Bettles, Fillip Pogostkin, Scott Sears and Nathan Serenke have all won singles matches to lead Boise State to a huge 4-3 upset over #25 Fresno State today in Boise.

Fresno State won the doubles point with a thrilling 9-7 win at #3 doubles.  The action then moved to the singles courts, where Coach Greg Patton's team would have to win four of the six contests.

Bettles prevailed over Jean-Charles Diame 6-1, 6-0 to even the match.  Pogostkin was right behind Bettles with a 6-2, 6-1 win of his own and both turned cheerleaders for their teammates.  Sears dominated his opponent 6-2, 6-1, then Sereke followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory to give the Broncos a much-needed win over a highly-regarded opponent.

The win over rival Fresno State, plus other matches that the Broncos have played this season, such as against #1 USC and Stanford, have set the foundation for a run at an NCAA tournament berth.  There's lots of tennis to be played first, namely getting through the Mountain West Conference season unscathed.  Boise State would like nothing better than to capture the Mountain West in their first season.

But still, you can bet the Broncos are savoring this great victory tonight.  They try to preserve their 22-match home winning streak next Saturday against Air Force and Weber State.

Boise State 4, Fresno State 3

1. Alcantara/Boutillier (FSU) def. Sereke/Meredith (BSU) 8-4
2. Ayoun.Leslie (FSU) def. Hume/Sears (BSU) 8-6
3. Bettles/Pogostkin (BSU) def. DeLaubenfels/Diame 9-7

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1. No. 28 Remi Boutillier (FSU) def. No. 56 James Meredith (BSU), 3-6, 6-1, 10-8
2. No. 48 Francis Alcantara (FSU) def. No. 63 Damian Hume (BSU), 6-4, 6-3
3. Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Jean-Charles Diame (FSU), 6-1, 6-0
4. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. David Ayoun (FSU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Zachary Leslie (FSU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Scott Sears (BSU) def. Reid DeLaubenfels (FSU), 6-2, 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 5, 6, 4, 1, 2

Upset Brewing at Appleton

Fresno State came into the day with a #25 national ranking and won the doubles point over Boise State.  But as of now, the Broncos have a 3-1 lead.  Could come down to the wire.

Boise State Tennis Team Takes on #25 Fresno State

Boise State's tennis team takes on its main rival today at the Appleton Tennis Center as #25 Fresno State is in town for a showdown with the Broncos.

Coach Greg Patton's team has shown great improvement since the beginning of the season, but they will have to play their best tennis to knock off the Bulldogs.  Not long ago, it was Boise State that was on top and Fresno was trying to pull the upset but now the shoe is on the other foot.

The match begins at 11 this morning.

Boise State Track Team Gets Five Wins at Idaho Cup

The Boise State women won four events as the Idaho Cup got underway at Jackson's Track in Nampa.  The Bronco men weren't as fortunate, as Edidong Essien was the lone member of the men's squad to win against competition from other Idaho student-athletes.

Mele Vaisima is on a tear.  The Bronco strength star who earned All-America status at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa earlier in the year scored a career best in the hammer with a throw of 183' 0".  Emma Bates captured the 1500-meters in 4:29.18, also a career best, while Andrea Morones popped a career best in the javelin with a throw of 135' 7" and Shannon Jacobs won the long jump with a leap of 17' 4.25". 

Essien won the 200-meters in 22.39, but unfortunately had no company from his teammates on the winner's stand for the Boise State men.