BRONCOS HOST COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND MASTERS ATHLETES AT UNITED HERITAGE INVITE

             BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field teams will welcome collegiate, high school and masters athletes to the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 6-7), with the United Heritage Invitational presented by United Heritage Insurance. The meet will consist of athletes from 14 colleges and universities along with 20 high school and club teams.

            In the collegiate division, the Boise State women will compete against Cal State-Stanislaus, College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon, Nevada, Northwest Nazarene, Sacramento State, Treasure Valley Community College, University of California Santa Barbara and Utah State. The Bronco men will face NNU, Sacramento State, TVCC, Utah State and University of Washington.

            The meet is scheduled to begin with throwing events for all three divisions at 5 p.m. on Friday. The final events Friday night are scheduled for 9:45 p.m. On Saturday, action will start again at 9 a.m. with high school jumping events. The first collegiate events on Saturday are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. The final events of the weekend are scheduled to begin at 2:20 p.m.

           

Looking at the Broncos

 

The Boise State men enter this week ranked No. 25 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll. Despite posting several NCAA provisional marks last weekend at the Bronco Invitational, Boise State dropped five spots in this week’s poll. The Bronco men have managed to climb to the top of the Western Athletic Conference standings in multiple events, however, currently hold the top conference mark in six different events.

            On the track, Boise State currently holds the top WAC times in the men’s 800-meter, 3000m and the 60m. The Broncos are ranked first, second and fourth in the 60m. In the field events, Boise State has recorded the top three long jump marks, the top two marks in the triple jump and the top spot in the weight throw.

            The Boise State women have also garnered multiple top rankings through last weekend, holding five top spots in the conference standings. The broncos currently have the top 200m and 400m times. They have also recorded the best distance medley relay time in the conference. Boise State’s other top marks come in the long and triple jumps.

            The Broncos also still have multiple top-20 marks nationally, for both the men and women. Simon Wardhaugh currently holds the highest national ranking of any Bronco at No. 2 in the men’s weight throw (73-00.00/22.25m). Wardhaugh had the top throw in the country until last weekend.

            Boise State also holds eight top-20 marks between the men and women’s jumping events. Senior Eleni Kafourou currently ranks No. 4 in the women’s triple jump (43-5.00/13.23m) and No. 14 in the long jump (20-3.75/6.19m). On the men’s side, Zacharias Arnos and Eetu Viitala are ranked No. 15 and No. 16 in the long jump, each jumping 24-7.75 (7.51m). Arnos is also ranked No. 16 in the triple jump (51-5.75/15.69m).

            Rounding out the list of Broncos currently ranked nationally is senior Ryan Grinnell, who holds top-20 marks in the long, triple and high jumps. Grinnell is No. 8 in the triple jump (52-6.75/16.02m), No. 11 in the high jump (7-1.00/2.16m) and No. 19 in the long jump (24-7.25/7.50m).  


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