BRONCO TRACK AND FIELD TO HOST BLUE AND ORANGE INVITE

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University men and women’s track and field teams will host their second indoor meet of the season Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Jacksons Indoor Track complex in Nampa. The meet will start with the first field events of the day at 9 a.m. and will conclude with the final track event at approximately 3:10 p.m.

            The Bronco women are set to compete against athletes from Utah Valley State, Nevada, Northwest Nazarene, Concordia, Utah State, Mesa State College and Eastern Oregon. The Boise State men will face-off against UVSU, NNU, USU, EOU, Concordia, Idaho State and Warner Pacific.

            The Bronco men are anchored by three of the top field athletes in the country; Ryan Grinnell, Simon Wardhaugh and Zacharia Arnos. Wardhaugh is the defending WAC Indoor Champion in the weight throw and currently holds the No. 1 mark in the country, 73-00.00 (22.25m), which is 00.75m over the NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The throw, which came at the Jacksons Open, also broke Mattias Jons’ school record (72-4.50), which was set in 2006.

            Grinnell enters this season as the reining WAC Indoor Champion in both the high jump and triple jump. He also finished second at the 2007 WAC Indoor Championships. Grinnell earned four All-American honors last season (indoor/outdoor triple jump, indoor/outdoor long jump). He is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation for triple jump with his mark of 52-06.00 (16.00m), which he recorded at the Jackson’s Open.

            Arnos currently holds the fifth best triple jump mark in the country (51.03.50/15.63m). He also tied for first-place in the long jump at the Jacksons Open with a mark of 24-00.75 (7.33m).

            On the track side, Sawyer Bosch and Brian Pierre will lead the Broncos in the distance events. Pierre was named First Team All-WAC Cross Country in 2008, while Bosch earned Second Team All-Conference honors. The duo helped lead the Broncos to a second-place finish at the WAC cross country championships.

            The Boise State coaching staff is looking another strong year out of senior Kyle Christoffersen, who won the 500m at the Jacksons Open (1:05.36). Seniors Caleb Cazier and Matt Schmasow are also expected to have impactful seasons, competing in the middle distance events for Boise State this season.

              The Boise State women’s team is led this year by a strong field team and experienced group of runners. Senior standout Eleni Kafourou is the reining Western Athletic Conference Indoor Champion in both the long jump and triple jump. Kafourou currently holds the fifth best NCAA long jump mark at 20-00.50 (6.11m), which is just shy of the NCAA automatic qualifying mark (6.35m).

            The Broncos also boast the defending WAC Indoor Pole Vaulting Champion, Annelise Bertleson, who did not compete in the first indoor meet of this season. Other Broncos to watch in the field events are Alyssa Osai, Nadine Russell and Mele Vaisima, who will lead a young group of Bronco throwers. Russell and Osai finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the weight throw at the Jacksons Open.

            On the track side, Boise State seniors Breanna Sande, Kayleen McDowell and Megan Olivetti will lead the way. Sande is coming off a second-place finish at the WAC cross country championships, which earned her First Team All-WAC cross country honors. McDowell was last season’s 800-meter Outdoor WAC Champion and the indoor runner-up. Olivetti finished second in the 60m-hurdles at the 2007 WAC Indoor Championships.

            The Blue and Orange Invitational is the second of five regular season home meets for Boise State this season. The Broncos will also host the WAC Indoor Championships, Feb. 26-28, in Nampa.


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