Broncos Win Two Events, Improve Several Marks at NAU Tune-Up

BOISE, Idaho Boise State captured two individual titles, while six members of the men’s track and field team improved several of their top marks of the season, Friday, at the NAU Tune-Up hosted by Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Broncos recorded season’s bests in four events, while also improving two NCAA provisional marks.

On the field Boise State won two events, while recording two more NCAA provisional marks and multiple seasons’ bests. Senior Ryan Grinnell won the high jump, while beating his indoor personal record and improving his NCAA mark with a jump of 7-1.75 (2.18m). Grinnell also recorded a long jump mark of 24-5.00 (7.16m), which was good enough for third.

Zacharias Arnos recorded the Broncos’ other first-place finish in the triple jump. He beat his top mark of the season and recorded another NCAA provisional with a jump of 51-9.25 (15.78m). Arnos finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 23-4.75 (7.13m).
Eetu Viitala recorded Boise State’s top long jump mark of the meet with a second-place leap of 24-06.50 (7.48m). Per Strandquist earned a fourth-place finish while also recording his seasons’ best long jump with a mark of 24-02.25 (7.37m).

Boise State also saw improvements on the track, as four sprinters improved their 60-meter dash time for the season. The Broncos were led by freshman Eric Capelle, who placed second with a time of 6.80. He was followed by Marlon Douglas (6.86) who finished third, Strandquist (6.87) who finished fourth and Viitala (7.02) who finished 11th.

“I’m happy with the performances,” Boise State head coach Mike Maynard said. “We bettered qualifying marks. I believe they set us up well or next week’s WAC Championship, and the NCAA Indoor Championships.”

Boise State will now focus its attention on the Western Athletic Conference championship meet next Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 26-28), which will be held at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa.

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