BOISE STATE WINS 14 EVENTS, AND BREAKS ONE WAC RECORD, AT BRONCO INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD INVITATIONAL

            NAMPA, Idaho Boise State University won 14 events, and set one WAC and Bronco record, on Saturday (Jan. 27) at the Bronco Indoor Track and Field Invitational.

            Competing at the Jacksons Indoor Track, the individual wins were evenly divided between the men and women’s teams with each winning seven events.

            The men’s victories were highlighted by the record setting performance of Heigo Nurmsalu in the heptathlon.  A freshman from Vilyandi, Estonia, Nurmsalu completed the seven events with 5,290 points.  Nurmsalu broke the WAC and Boise State record of 5,184 points set by Keron Francis at last year’s WAC Indoor Championships. 

            Another highlight for the men came in the 35-pound weight throw when Simon Wardhaugh won the event with a throw of 63-11.50 (19.49m), the second best mark in Boise State history.  The school record is 72-4.50 set by Mattias Jons in 2006.

            The remainder of the men’s victories came from Cody Eaton in the mile run (4:19.60), Matt Schmasow in the 800-meter run (1:58.36), the 4x400-meter relay (3:22.04), David Walden in the high jump (6-7.00 <2.01m> and Zacharias Arnos in the triple jump (49-7.25 <15.12m>).

            Eleni Kafourou highlighted the women’s efforts on Saturday, and came within just one-quarter inch from also setting a new Boise State record.  Competing in the triple jump, the sophomore from Athens, Greece, won the triple jump with a mark of 42-2.00 (12.85m).  The school record is 42-2.25 set by Abigail Ferguson in 1996.

            The other six individual wins for the Bronco women came from Kayleen McDowell in the 400-meter dash (57.67), Becky Guyette in the mile run (4:58.16), Megan Olivetti in the 60-meter hurdles (8.91), the 4x400-meter relay team (3:52.62) and Theodora Xylaki in the high jump (5-8.00 <1.73m>).

            Both Bronco teams are back in action at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho next Friday and Saturday (Feb. 1 and 2) as Boise State hosts the United Heritage Invitational.


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