NAMPA, Idaho With just two weeks until the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, the Boise State University men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their winning ways on Saturday (Feb. 14) posting first place finishes in 15 events at the Boise State Team Invite.

            The Bronco men recorded nine first place finishes at the Jacksons Track, while the Boise State women won six events.

            Boise State’s men were once again dominate in the running events with first place finishes turned in by Eric Capelle in the 60-meter dash (6.85), Per Strandquist in the 200-meter dash (21.73, Kyle Christoffersen in the 400-meter dash (49.07), Caleb Cazier in the 800-meter run (1:53.68) and Scott Foley in the mile run (4:23.73).           

            The Broncos were especially dominate in the two short sprints as Marlon Douglas (6.96) and Eetu Viitala (7.03) finished second and third, respectively, while Viitala (22.12) and Cody Buckendorf (22.52) were also second and third, respectively, in the 200-meter dash.

            Rounding out first place finishes for the Bronco men were Eric Demers in the heptathlon with 4,781 points, Daniel Thompson in the pole vault with a mark of 14-9.00 (4.50m), All-American Simon Wardhaugh in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 68-10.50 (20.99m), and All-American Ryan Grinnell in the triple jump with a leap of 52-5.50 (15.99m).

            Megan Olivetti was a double winner for the Bronco women placing first in the pentathlon on Friday (Feb. 13) night with 3,549 points, before coming back on Saturday to win the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.71.

            Megan’s twin sister, Paige, was also a winner on Saturday as she placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.75.

            Boise State’s other first place finishes for the women came from Eleni Kafourou in the triple jump with a mark of 42-5.50 (12.94m, the 4x400-meter relay team which turned in a time of 3:48.07 and BreAnna Craig in the pole vault with a mark of 12-9.50 (3.90m).  Craig's winning vault was a school record breaking the previous mark of 12-9 set by Annelise Bertleson in 2008 and Alina Schimpf in 2006.

            Most of the Bronco team will take next weekend off, while several members of the men’s and women’s team head to Flagstaff, Arizona for the Northern Arizona University Tune-Up.

            Boise State will host the WAC Indoor Championships will be held at the Jacksons Track in Nampa on Feb. 26-28 (Thursday-Saturday).

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