Broncos Host Boise State Team Invitational

The Meet - The Boise State University track and field team will host the two-day Boise State Team Invitational Feb. 15-16, at the Idaho Sports Center in Nampa, Idaho.

 

The meet will start Friday, Feb. 15, beginning with the field events at 5:00 p.m., followed by the track events at 7:00 p.m. The competition will continue Saturday, Feb. 16, with the field events starting at 10:00 a.m., and the track events beginning at 1:00 p.m. A complete schedule of times and events are attached.

 

The Teams - The Boise State women’s track and field team will be joined by BYU, Nevada, Utah State, Cal. State - Los Angeles, San Francisco State, Northwest Nazarene, Portland State, Cal. State - Dominguez Hills, College of Idaho, USC and Eastern Oregon.

 

The men’s field will consist of Boise State, BYU, Fresno State, Utah State, Cal. State - Los Angeles, San Francisco State, College of Idaho, Portland State and Northwest Nazarene.

 

The Bronco Men - The No. 6 Boise State men’s track and field team earned 73.62 points in the USTFCCCA.com, week three poll to remain unchanged in the standings. This is the third consecutive week the Broncos have been ranked in the top 6, achieving its highest ranking of No. 4 in the first poll of the season. The Broncos earned the ranking by having six student-athletes ranked in the top 20 on the NCAA Performance List.

 

Ryan Grinnell leads the Broncos and the nation in the triple jump with an NCAA-best 53-9.50 (16.40m). Grinnell’s jump is an NCAA automatic qualifying standard and an Olympic qualify mark. He first achieved the standard at the Blue and Orange Classic, Jan. 26, before improving upon his mark at the United Heritage Invitational Feb. 2. Grinnell is also ranked eighth in the high jump clearing a height of 7-1.25 (2.17m) and 14th in the long jump with a mark of 25-1 (7.65m).

 

Simon Wardhaugh earned the No. 4 ranking in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 70-0.50 (21.35m) at the Bronco Invitational. The mark is an NCAA provisional standard and is just six inches (.15m) off the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 21.50m.

 

Savvas Diakonikolas is the sixth ranked long jumper in the nation with a distance of 25-7.75 (7.82m) which he achieved Feb. 1, at the United Heritage Invitational. Diakonikolas is also ranked 19th in the triple jump with a mark of 50-11 (15.52m).

 

Heigo Nurmsalu is ranked No. 10 in the heptathlon standings. Nurmsalu posted 5,332 points in the heptathlon at the United Heritage Classic Feb. 1-2, to earn the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.

 

Jarrod Stevens is ranked 13th after posting a lifetime-best mark and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 68-8.75 (20.34m) in the weight throw at the United Heritage Classic.

 

Zacharias Arnos is the ranked 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 51-3.25 (15.63m). His distance is an NCAA provisional qualifying standard and would project to 3.37 points at nationals.

 

The Broncos will have a challenge on their hands with the No. 5 ranked team in the nation, BYU. Although, BYU scores most of its points in the track events, compared to Boise State who ranks high in the field events, the Cougars come into the meet leading the Broncos by 1.4 points in the polls.

 

The Bronco Women - The Boise State University women’s track and field is ranked 51st, according to the USTFCCCA, with 15.81 points. Boise State moved up the rankings in large part to Eleni Kafourou.

 

Kafourou is ranked ninth in the NCAA in both the long jump and the triple jump. Kafourou earned the school-record in both events while participating in the Bronco Invitational Feb. 8-9. She first earned the long jump record and NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the long jump with a mark of 20-8.25 (6.31m). Kafourou then registered a 43-0.50 (13.12m) in the triple jump to earn another NCAA provisional qualifying standard.

 

Annelise Bertleson achieved a school-record 12-7.5 (3.85m) in the pole vault Feb. 1, at the United Heritage Classic.

 

Men's National Rankings

 

Rank

School

Points

Last Week

1

Tennessee

105.32

1

2

Arizona State

99.50

16

3

Texas A&M

76.75

21

4

Oklahoma

76.10

7

5

BYU

75.02

5

6

Boise State

73.62

6

7

Florida

70.73

2

8

LSU

68.29

12

9

Northern Iowa

67.40

19

10

Kentucky

64.46

10

11

Arkansas

63.83

3

12

Oregon

63.78

8

13

Texas

60.88

NR

14

Clemson

59.39

11

15

UCLA

58.81

4

16

Texas Tech

57.95

9

17

Nebraska

57.06

15

18

Florida State

53.43

NR

19

Georgetown

47.92

NR

20

Auburn

47.47

14

21

Baylor

46.18

13

22

Kansas

45.15

NR

23

Liberty

42.65

17

24

Princeton

42.15

25

25

Michigan

40.94

20

 

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