Boise State Men Ranked No. 4 in the Polls

After being ranked No. 68 in the USTFCCCA Division I preseason polls, the Boise State University men’s track and field team ascended the charts to No. 4 in the first week of polls with 80.46 points. The Broncos quickly moved up the charts in large part thanks to their field events, led by NCAA automatic qualifier Ryan Grinnell.


Grinnell posted an NCAA-best 53-4.5 (16.27m) in the triple jump at the Blue and Orange Classic, Jan. 26, to earn the automatic standard. Grinnell is also ranked eighth in the long jump with a mark of 25-1.25 (7.65m) and 10th in the high jump with a 7-0.50 (2.15m) to earn NCAA provisional standards in each. Grinnell was recognized for his achievement by, read the interview by clicking here.


Joining Grinnell among the Jan. 30 jump rankings were Savvas Diakonikolas and Zacharias Arnos. Diakonikolas is ranked sixth in the long jump with a mark of 25-5.25 (7.75m) and 13th in the triple jump at 50-11 (15.52m) while Arnos ranks 16th in the triple jump with a mark of 50-7.50 (15.43m). Each mark is an NCAA provisional qualifying standard.


Simon Wardhaugh has the second longest 35-pound weight throw mark in the NCAA this indoor season with a toss of 69-5.50 (21.17m).


The USTFCCCA Division I Rankings are compiled strictly from the NCAA descending order lists.


The Meet - This week the Boise State University track and field team will host the 2008 United Heritage Invitational Feb. 1-2, at the Idaho Sports Center in Nampa, Idaho.


The meet will begin Friday, Feb. 1, at 11:00 a.m., with the men’s heptathlon and the women’s pentathlon. The field events will begin at 5:00 p.m., Friday followed by the track events at 7:00 p.m.


The heptathlon will conclude with the final three events beginning Saturday, Feb 2, at 9:00 a.m. The track and field events will also continue Saturday beginning with the women’s high jump at 10:00 a.m., and the women’s mile run at 1:00 p.m.


The Teams - The United Heritage Invitational will feature 15 teams ranging from the west coast to the mid-west and representing a numerous conferences including the Western Athletic Conference, the Big-12, the Mountain West, the Pacific-10 and others.


The Boise State men will be joined by California, Azusa Pacific, Texas Tech, the College of Idaho, Concordia (Ore.), Weber State, Northwest Nazarene, Utah State and Texas.


The women’s field will feature Boise State, California, Azusa Pacific, Nevada, Texas Tech, Lewis-Clark, Northwest Nazarene, Phenetix International, the College of Idaho, Concordia (Ore.), Weber State, Eastern Oregon, and Utah. 


Special Guests - The Boise State Broncos will have three special guests joining them at the United Heritage Invitational. Donavan Kilmartin, Brian Clay and Trey Hardee will all be taking place in the heptathlon competition beginning Friday, Feb. 1, at 11:00 a.m., and will be part of a special autograph session beginning at approximately noon on Saturday.


Kilmartin, a graduate of Eagle High School and three-time NCAA Champion heptathlete will be competing against 2004 Olympic silver medalist Brian Clay and former NCAA decathlon champion Trey Hardee.


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