Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bronco Gymnasts Finish Disappointing Fourth at Regionals

#3 seed Boise State fell far short of the 196 mark they needed to be a factor at the Berkeley Regional Gymnastics Championships, and finished fourth tonight. 

Team Standing  (Top)
1 University Of Georgia197.025
2 University Of Utah196.575
3 Cal Women196.000
4 Boise State University195.375
5 Utah State University195.150
6 Brigham Young University194.150

Boise State Gymnasts Try to Break 28-Year Drought

For 28 years, Boise State has qualified for the NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships, only to be kept out of the NCAA National Championships. 

Tonight, the #3-seed Broncos will try to end that drought when they compete in the Berkeley Regional against the field led by #1-seed Utah and #2 Georgia. 

To reach nationals, a team must finish in the top two in their region.

Bates Sets School Record in 5,000 to Lead Bronco Track Team

In a field dominated by professionals, Emma Bates broke her own school record and finished seventh in the 5,000 meters yesterday at the Palo Alto Invite in California.  But Bates had plenty of company in impressive Bronco performances.

Bates finished second among collegiate runners with a time of 15:32.46.  Marisa Howard, who is competing in the 5,000 for the first time, set a personal mark of 16:17.66, while Tessa Murray finished in 16:35.

Freshman Emma Hyppa is being counted on to continue in Howard's footsteps in the steeplechase.  Hyppa made her debut and ran the distance in 10:37.65, the third-best performance in school history.  

David Elliott finished the men's 5,000 in 13:50, the second-fastest in school history.  Allan Schroeder clocked the third-best time in school history in the men's steeplechase, with a time of 8:46.48.

Jordin Andrade finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.56, while Fernando Martinez was fourth (52.30).  Mackenzie Flannigan finished second in the women's 100 with an outstanding time of 11.74.