BOISE, Idaho Student-athletes from nine different colleges and universities will travel to Nampa this weekend for Boise State’s final regular season indoor track and field meet, the Boise State Team Invitational. The meet will be held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 13-14) at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

            “This meet will give us a great opportunity to improve our marks and prepare for the [Western Athletic Conference] indoor championships,” Boise State head coach Mike Maynard said.

            The Bronco women welcome competitors from the University of California Irvine, Cal State Los Angeles, Fresno State, Northwest Nazarene, Portland State, Utah State, Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho. On the men’s side, Boise State will face student-athletes from NNU, PSU, USU, EOU, Lewis Clark State and C of I.


A look at the Broncos


            Boise State enters the weekend looking to post a strong finish to the 2008-09 indoor season. Both the men and women currently combine for nine field event marks that are ranked in the NCAA’s top-20. Of those nine marks, two are NCAA automatic qualifying marks and the other seven are NCAA provisional marks.

            Senior Eleni Kafourou is currently ranked No. 4 in both the women’s long and triple jumps. Her long jump mark of 21-1.25 (6.43m) last weekend at the United Heritage Invitational broke the Boise State indoor record and was a NCAA automatic mark. Two weeks ago, she also broke the school’s triple jump record with a leap of 43-05.00 (13.23m).

            On the men’s side, Boise State senior Ryan Grinnell currently holds three NCAA provisional marks, which all rank in the nation’s top 20 as well. He is No. 15 in the high jump (7-01.00/2.16m), No. 14 in the long jump (24-9.00/7.54m) and No. 8 in the triple jump (52-6.75/16.02m). All three jumps are NCAA provisional marks.

            Fellow jumpers Eetu Viitala and Zacharias Arnos have also recorded provisional long jumps this season. They both jumped 24-7.75 (7.51m) earlier in the year, which currently ranks them No. 17 and No. 18, respectively. Arnos also has a provisional mark of 51-5.75 (15.69m) in the triple jump, which is the 17th best NCAA Division I jump.

            Simon Wardhaugh continues to hold the second best men’s weight throw in the country with a mark of 73-00.00 (22.25m). He held the top mark in the country until Jan. 31, for the throw that he recorded at the Jacksons Open on Dec. 6.  

             The Bronco men and women have also maintained numerous top marks among Western Athletic Conference competitors. The Boise State women currently hold top marks in the 400-meter, Distance Medley Relay, Long jump and Triple Jump. They also have the second best conference mark in the 400m, 5000m, 4x400m relay and pentathlon.

            The Boise State men currently hold top WAC marks in six different events and are second in eight events. The Broncos have the top conference mark in the 60m, 3000m, 5000m, long jump, triple jump and weight throw. They are second in the 60m, 800m, 5000m, high jump, long jump, triple jump, distance medley and the heptathlon.     

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