Yvonne helps Boise State set record
The CNMI's Yvonne Bennett raced for Boise State University in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships and helped the Bronco crush the 23-year-old record in the 4x400m women's relay run.
Bennett teamed up with Mackenzie Flannigan, Cyntrail Pierce, and Taryn Campos and the quartet completed the 4x400m relay race in three minutes, 44.64 seconds for a runner-up finish against Louisiana Tech.
The Bronco women's relay squad was a second behind Louisiana Tech, which posted 3:43.64, but Bennett and company's time was enough to eclipse the 3:45.60 Dommell Butler, Stacia Neeley, Crystal Young and Sabrina Johnson logged for BSU in an indoor tournament in 1988.
Besides the 4x400m relay run, the 20-year-old Bennett also joined the 400m race and timed in at 57.84 seconds, fourth best among eight BSU runners who participated in the event and 15th fastest among 25 runners.
Bennett's BSU women's track team went on to finish fourth overall in the indoor meet held from Feb. 24 to 26 at the Idaho Center/Jackson Track in Boise, Idaho.
The Bronco women's track squad collected 60 points in the eight-team field. Point were awarded based on how participants from each school finished in their respective events.
Louisiana Tech ruled the competition with its 133 points, followed by Utah State (132), and Nevada (88). Other schools that joined the NCAA Division I-sanctioned tournament were New Mexico State (68.50), Fresno State (67), University Hawaii-Manoa (48.50), and University of Idaho (44).
In the men's division, BSU was tied for first with Utah State, as the two schools collected 177 points each. Louisiana Tech was second with 94 points, while Idaho placed third with 69 points.
Bennett tried out for BSU after her record-breaking runs in the 7th Micronesian Games in Palau last year. In the Micro Games, the former Kagman High School student won five gold medals (100m, 200m, and 400m run and 4x400m and 4x100m relay races). She also set a CNMI national record of 12.68 seconds in Palau, earning her the Micronesia's fastest woman tag.
Bennett's successful exploits in Palau gave her the 2010 NMASA Female Athlete of the Year Award, the third straight year she took the coveted individual trophy.