SPRINTERS AND JUMPERS HIGHLIGHT BRONCO TRACK AND FIELD RESULTS AT BLUE & ORANGE CLASSIC

            NAMPA, Idaho Sprinters and jumpers highlighted Boise State University’s track and field performance on Saturday (Jan. 24) as the Broncos came away with 14 first place finishes at the Blue & Orange Classic.

            Six of Boise State’s wins came in the sprints with Per Strandquist and Nerisha Phillip each winning two events.  Strandquist won the men’s 60 and 200-meter dashes with times of 6.90 and 21.84, respectively, while Phillip won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.93 and the 400-meter dash at 56.33.

            The other two sprint victories came from Kyle Christoffersen in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 49.38, and Megan Olivetti in the 60-meter hurdles where she ran an all-time personal best of 8.69.

Boise State won both the women’s and men’s 800-meter events as Kayleen McDowell captured first place in the women’s race with a time of 2:13.88, and Caleb Cazier did the same in the men’s race posting a time of 1:54.42.

The final running victory for the Broncos came in the women’s 4x400-meter relay as the team of Phillip, Paige Olivetti, McDowell and Megan Olivetti recorded a time of 3:49.52.

While Boise State was dominating the sprint events on Saturday, Eleni Kafourou, Zacharias Arnos and Ryan Grinnell were doing in the same in the long and triple jumps with each posting NCAA provisional qualifying marks in their respective events.

Kafourou placed first in the women’s long and triple jumps as the senior won the long jump with a mark of 20-3.75 (6.19m), and the triple jump with a leap of 42-2.25 (12.86m).

Arnos won the men’s long jump with a mark of 24-7.75 (7.51m), while Grinnell was first in the men’s triple jump at 52-6.75 (16.02m).

Red-shirt freshman Trevor Kraychir completed Boise State’s string of victories at the Jacksons Track winning the men’s weight throw with a mark of 62-3.00 (18.97m).

            Along with winning all the men’s sprint events, the Broncos showed their depth in the shorter distances as Marlon Douglas, Eric Capelle and Eetu Viitala finished second, third and fourth behind Strandquist in the 60-meter dash, with Douglas and Capelle again placing second and third behind Strandquist at 200 meters.

            The indoor season continues this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 30 and 31) at the Jacksons Track as Boise State hosts the Bronco Invitational.


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