By Brandon Walton
After three days of grueling competition the Indoor Mountain West Conference Championships finally came to an end Sunday at the Jackson Indoor track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. When it was all said and done the New Mexico Lobos men won their very first Mountain West team indoor championship in a convincing fashion
The Boise State men’s team finished in third with 141 points after being in fifth place after Fridays competition. The Broncos finished just a mere 4 points shy of second place. The notable finishers for Boise State were junior Roderick Townsend who finished third in the high jump, senior Rolando Trammel finished second in the triple jump, the Broncos went 1 and 2 in the 400 meter race as junior Jordin Andrade won the race followed by teammate senior Jeff Dew, senior Chase Sexton finished second in the shot-put, junior Daveon Collins had the most success on the men’s side as he won both the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes.
In his 200 meter run he ran the second fastest time in Mountain West indoor track history. In addition to all the individual success the Broncos 4 x 400 team won the relay event. That team consisted of Jordin Andrade, Rolando Trammel, Daveon Collins, and Jeff Dew. The Broncos had success on the previous day of competition as well as teammates Wyatt Diderickson, Tyler June, Tyler Rackleff, and Zach Wiles finished third in the distance medley. The group ran the third fastest time in school history. Boise States Roderick Townsend also finished third in the heptathlon.
On the women’s side it was the San Diego Aztecs who won their first team indoor track and field championship Sunday afternoon. The San Diego State women also won in big fashion as they won by 20 over New Mexico. In addition, Shanieka Thomas of the Aztecs was the outstanding performer on the women’s side. The Bronco women’s team finished the championships in 4th place.
Placing for the Broncos on Saturday was junior Mackenzie Flannigan who finished 2nd and got a school record in the 200 meter dash. In addition to getting second in the 200 meter dash she also helped the women’s 4 x 400 relay finish in third and achieve yet another school record with teammates Yvonne Bennett, Chelsey Washington, and Taryn Campos. Sophomore Emma Bates had such a close race and finished barely out of first place to finish in second in the mile race. Also for the Broncos Taryn Campos finished third in the 400 meter run. O
n Friday’s competition the women had junior Marisa VanderMalle place second in the 5000 meter run. She ran the second fast time in Bronco history for that event. Also for the Broncos senior Heather Pilcher finished second in the long jump. Overall the Boise States men’s and women’s teams had a pretty good showing during the three day championships. Combined they had five titles; four by the men and one by the women and they had 18 all conference performers with the men having eleven and the women had seven.