BOISE STATE SETS TWO SCHOOL RECORDS, EARNS 11 INDIVIDUAL TITLES AT BRONCO INVITATIONAL

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field team captured 11 first-place finishes and broke two school records en route to a strong showing at the Bronco Invitational at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Friday and Saturday (Jan. 30-31). The Broncos earned seven NCAA provisional marks at the two-day meet.

Boise State senior Megan Olivetti (Reno, Nev/Wooster HS) got things started for the Bronco women on Friday night. She won the 60-meter hurdles, while breaking the Boise State women’s indoor record with a time of 8.60. The previous record of 8.67 was set 24 years ago by Karla Jacoby (1985) and tied 14 years ago by Tosha Bailey (1995).

Eleni Kafourou, a senior from Athens, Greece (9th Lykeium of Pireas HS), would earn the women’s second record-breaking performance of the weekend by triple jumping 43-05.00 (13.23m). The jump not only earned her a first-place finish at the meet, but it also broke her previous school record of 43-03.00 (13.18m), which she set last season.

Kafourou, who currently holds Boise State’s top three indoor triple jump marks, also took home the long jump title at the Bronco Invite with a jump of 20-03.00 (6.17m). Her long jump was an NCAA provisional mark, although it was not her longest jump of the season. She jumped 20-03.75 (6.17m) last weekend at the Blue and Orange Invitational.

Mele Vaisima, a freshman from Woods Cross, Utah (Judge Memorial HS), won the fourth individual title for the Bronco women with a 54-09.50 (16.70m) mark in the weight throw. The throw was Vaisima’s personal record and the top throw of the season for the Boise State women.

The Bronco men showed their strength as well this weekend, earning seven first-place finishes to go along with five NCAA provisional marks. The Broncos also captured the top three spots in the 60m dash and finished second through fourth in both the 200m and long jump events. Boise State took home first and second place in the distance medley, with its top team finishing in 10:44.15. The Broncos also captured the top time in the 4x400m relay (3:17.12).

Freshman Eric Capelle (Gresham, Ore/Sam Barlow HS) earned his second 60m individual title of the season, running a personal record 6.88. His time was just good enough to edge out teammates Per Strandquist (Akarp, Sweden/Malmo Latinskola HS) and Marlon Douglas (Carenage, Trinidad/Trinity College). Strandquist turned in a time of 6.89 to capture second-place, while Douglas was close behind in third with a time of 6.98.

The trio also came in second through fourth in the 200m dash on Saturday, with Strandquist finishing in second-place with a time of 21.96. Capelle finished shortly behind him in third (22.06), while Douglas crossed the finish line fourth with a time of 22.20. Boise State freshman Brian Pierre (Laramie, Wyo/Laramie HS) earned the Broncos’ final first-place finish on the track side of things, with an 8:28.53 in the 3000m.

In the long jump, freshman Eetu Viitala (Kuortane, Finald (Kuortane HS) turned in his top jump of the season (24-07.75/7.51m), which was good enough for second-place in the meet. The jump earned Viitala a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Boise State senior Ryan Grinnell (Idaho Falls, Idaho/Skyline HS) also earned an NCAA provisional mark with a jump of 24-07.25 (7.50m), which was good enough for third-place.

Grinnell earned another NCAA provisional mark in the high jump, which he won with a jump of 7-01.00 (2.16m). Zacharias Arnos, a junior from Nicosia, Greece (Archbiship Mauarios III Lyceum), also earned an NCAA provisional in the triple jump (50-10.25/15.50m), which was good enough for first-place in the meet.

Simon Wardhaugh, a senior from Bracken Ridge, Australia (University of Queensland), captured the final NCAA provisional mark for the Broncos with a 69-09.50 (21.27m) toss in the weight throw. Wardhaugh currently holds the top NCAA men’s weight throw of 73-00.00 (22.25m), which he threw on Dec. 6 at the Jacksons Open.

The Boise State men and women will now turn their attention to next weekend when the Broncos host the United Heritage Invitational in Nampa, Friday-Saturday (Feb. 6-7).


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