Diakonikolas and Kafourou Earn NCAA Provisional Standards in the Long Jump

NAMPA, Idaho Boise State University jumpers continued to pace the Broncos’ track and field team throughout the indoor season and this time it was Savvas Diakonikolas’ turn. Diakonikolas recorded a distance of 25-8 (7.82m) in the men’s long jump Friday, Feb. 1, at the United Heritage Invitational en route to winning the event.

The mark placed Diakonikolas second on the Broncos’ all-time indoor list and was the top performance in the long jump in the Western Athletic Conference this season, nearly seven inches longer than his nearest competitor. The mark is also an NCAA provisional qualifying standard (7.50m) and is 0-1.25 (.03m) off the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 7.85m. This was the fourth longest mark in the NCAA for the long jump this season, as three others are tied for first with a 25-9.25 (7.84m). 

Eleni Kafouru earned another NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the long jump with a season-best mark of 20-3.75 (6.19m). Kafourou topped her previous season-best of 19-11.75 (6.09m) to win the women’s long jump.

Zacharias Arnos also set a personal-record in the long jump, Friday, as he posted a 24-0.25 (7.32m) to finish fourth in the event.

Boise State had three sprinters qualify for the finals by finishing in the top eight during the preliminaries of their respected events. Marlon Douglas ran a 7.08 in the men’s 60m dash to make the finals as the No. 7 seed. On the women s side, Paige Olivetti registered a 58.29 in the 400m for a sixth seed while Nataucha Lowry posted a 7.78 in the 60m for the third seed.

In the women’s pole vault competition, Annelise Bertleson moved into second place on the Broncos’ all-time list when she cleared a height of 12-7.50 (3.85m).

Sawyer Bosch and Karleigh Gempler were the top finishers for the Broncos in the 3,000m race, with Bosch collecting a third place finish (8:44.17) and Gempler an eighth place finish (10:47.42) respectively.

The United Heritage Invitational will continue Feb. 2, with the heptathlon beginning at 9:00 a.m. The field events are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., followed by the track events at 1:00 p.m.

Results for both days of the United Heritage Invitational will be posted as they become available.



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