NAMPA - The Boise State track and field teams combined to win five Mountain West indoor championships Saturday at Jacksons Track.
Four of them came from the men's sprinters - a rebuilt group that received huge contributions from two newcomers recruited from junior colleges.
Daveon Collins won the 60- and 200-meter races, Jordin Andrade won the blue-and-orange-filled 400 and both contributed to the Broncos' runaway victory in the 4x400 relay.
"I'm ecstatic about what they did," said head coach J.W. Hardy, who coaches the sprinters. "They went into it with the right attitude weeks ago. It's not anything that surprises me. We expect to put a whole lot of points on the board and hopefully the rest of our team can come out and help."
The Broncos finished third out of five men's teams with 141 points, just behind second-place Air Force (145) and well behind champion New Mexico (185).
The Broncos women - whose only champion was Emma Bates in the 3,000 - finished fourth out of nine teams with 77.33 points. San Diego State (123) took the title.
Bates defended her title but did not get the showdown she expected with New Mexico star Josephine Moultrie in the 3,000.
They battled throughout the mile final earlier in the day. Bates set the pace until the final lap, when Moultrie passed her. The two bumped twice in the final curve.
Bates broke her own school record at 4 minutes, 42.49 seconds but finished 0.16 behind Moultrie.
"We're all running fast, so there's going to be some elbows," Bates said. "She cut me off a little bit, so I kind of lost my stride. She just took off. I couldn't get back up there, but I tried."
Moultrie added a hard-fought victory in the 800 and decided to withdraw from the 3,000. That left Bates without a serious threat in the field and she pulled away on the final lap.
"I'm really bummed she didn't race the 3k," said Bates, who will be a sophomore this outdoor season. " Since Moultrie wasn't there, I knew I could outkick those girls."
Andrade wasn't as confident in the 400. He posted the fastest time in the preliminary round Friday but faced four teammates in the eight-man final.
It was the big-meet debut for Andrade, a transfer from Mt. San Antonio College.
He finished in 48.20 to top teammate Jeff Daw (48.49). The Broncos also took fourth and seventh and would have had another top-three finish if Manoah Wesson hadn't been disqualified for a lane violation.
"Every time, I think I'm going to lose," Andrade said. "Even though I had the best time coming in - I ran a great race (Friday) - I was really nervous about today. Unfortunately, I blew myself up the first 300. I kind of died off the last 100, and I didn't get the best time I wanted."
Collins, a transfer from Central Arizona College who wasn't recruited until last summer, won the 60 by .08 and the 200 by a whopping 0.68.
His 200 time of 21.03 was just above Hardy's goal. The coach wanted Collins to break 21.
"He had a heck of a weekend," Hardy said. "He just looked great. And he obviously has a lot more left."
Collins, Andrade, Daw and Rolando Trammel capped the meet with an impressive relay. They won by more than 2 seconds.
They say the depth of their sprinting group paid off in training.
"It's a challenge in practice because we're all racing each other," Collins said. "When we get to the meet it's, 'Oh, the meet's the same.' "
Collins and Andrade are part of a concerted effort by Hardy to overcome two flaws in the program - a previous shortage of accomplished sprinters and a depth issue created by NCAA sanctions.
This is the second of two years in which the men's program has operated with 2.1 fewer scholarships than its competitors. The women's team is four scholarships short. The penalties stem from the same case that more famously hit the football program.
"I needed to bring in some guys I thought could immediately work into our system," Hardy said. "They were pretty good junior college athletes and guys I thought could come in and cut the learning curve in half. They showed out and it's great to see."