BOISE STATE ENJOYS ANOTHER RECORD SETTING WEEKEND AT UNITED HERITAGE INVITATIONAL

             BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field team broke two school records and earned 11 individual titles in two days of action at the United Heritage Invitational, Friday-Saturday (Feb. 6-7), at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa. The Bronco women won six events at the meet, while the Boise State men captured five individual titles as well.

             Bronco senior Eleni Kafourou had a record setting day for the second week in a row. She broke the Boise State long jump record with a mark of 21-1.25 (6.43m). Kafourou broke the school’s triple jump record last weekend with a leap of 43-05.00 (13.23m). Her long jump, Friday night, was also an NCAA Automatic qualifying mark.  

For the second consecutive week, Boise State senior Megan Olivetti also posted a record breaking time and a first-place finish in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Olivetti ran a time of 8.58 on Friday, beating her own school record of 8.60, which earned her a first-place finish last weekend at the Bronco Invitational.

            Paige Olivetti helped earn three first-place finishes for Boise State over the weekend, winning the 200m, 400m and running a leg of the 4x400m relay. On Friday, Paige won the 200m with a time of 24.87. She then managed to win her second event of the weekend by running a time of 56.31 in the 400m on Saturday. She was also a member of the 4x400m relay team that ran a time of 3:47.75, which was good enough for first-place.

Breanna Sande earned the Bronco women’s other top finish of the weekend by winning the 5000m with a time of 17:59.69. Boise State finished first through third in the event. The Broncos also finished strong in the 3000m and the Pole Vault, where they placed second through fourth in both events.

The Bronco men captured five individual titles over the weekend, with their first coming Friday night in the 60m dash. Freshman Eric Capelle ran a time of 6.89, which was just off his WAC leading time of 6.88 that he ran last weekend. Senior Marlon Douglas finished just behind Capelle, posting a time of 6.95, which was good enough for second-place.

            Boise State also earned first-place finishes in the 5000m and the 4x400m relay. Sophomore Sawyer Bosch took top honors in the 5000m with a time of 14:52.69. The Broncos would finish first, second and third in the event. In the 4x400m relay, Boise State just edged out Utah State (3:20.40) for first-place with a time of 3:20.13.

            The Broncos also brought home two first-place finishes in the field events, starting with Ryan Grinnell’s win in the high jump. Grinnell recorded his second NCAA provisional mark of the season by jumping 7-01.00 (2.16m). Utah State’s Clint Silcock and Casey Parker, the No. 1 and No. 3 high jumpers in the WAC, both jumped 6-11.00 (2.11m) to finish just behind Grinnell in second and third. Grinnell also improved his NCAA provisional mark in the long jump (24-09.00/7.54m), on Friday, which was good enough for third-place in the meet.

            Boise State senior Simon Wardhaugh earned Boise State’s final event title by winning the weight throw. His toss of 68-08.50 (20.94m) beat out teammate Trevor Kraychir, who finished second with a throw of 62-00.50 (18.91m). Wardhaugh’s mark is another NCAA provisional, although he has already earned an NCAA automatic qualifying mark (73-00.00/22.25m) this season.

            The Broncos will compete in their fifth and final regular season indoor meet next Friday-Saturday (Feb. 13-14) when they host the Boise State Team Invitational at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa.

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