BOISE, Idaho — Editor's note: The video above this article aired on Thursday, April 13.
Boise State junior gymnast Courtney Blackson capped off what is likely the best individual season in program history on Thursday with a national runner-up performance at the 2023 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships.
Blackson received a 9.925 on vault under the bright lights in the Lone Star State, marking the highest vault score by a Bronco at nationals ever.
The second-place performance from Blackson is also the highest finish ever by a Boise State athlete at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. The Elk Grove, Calif., native received First-Team All-American recognition following her impressive showing.
Blackson shared runner-up honors with Lynnzee Brown, an all-around competitor from the University of Denver. Oklahoma's Olivia Trautman claimed the national title on vault with a 9.95.
Fellow Boise State junior Emily Lopez also made history in Fort Worth on Thursday. Lopez registered the highest bars score ever by a Bronco at the national championships with a 9.900.
The 9.900 score earned Lopez sixth place on bars. Following the unforgettable performance, Lopez was named a Second-Team All-American honoree.
The Mission Viejo, Calif., native was also named a regular-season All-America Second-Team honoree by the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association back on March 23.
"What a day! I am so proud of Courtney and Emily," Boise State head coach Tina Bird said. "This was a perfect end to an amazing season and having both women earn All-America honors on their events is so special."
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