Guyette, Kafourou and Olivetti Post Records at Conference Meet
NAMPA, Idaho At the opening day of the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Friday, the Broncos set three school records and put themselves in position to make a run at both the men’s and women’s titles.
With 38 points, the women’s team, which recorded each of the school records, is currently in second place. With 31 team points, the men are in third place. Bronco head coach Mike Maynard says both of his teams are in prime position heading into the final day of the conference meet.
“For the most part we had a pretty good meet on both sides,” said the head coach. “We had some stellar performances today, but we’re still back a little bit on both sides (of where we would like to be). I think we are still in it, but it’s going to be a tight race on both sides.”
In the 5,000-meter, senior Becky Guyette broke the Jacksons Track record, as well as a 25-year-old Bronco record, en route to a first place finish with a time of 17-minutes, 19.35-seconds. The victory, which earned 10 points for the Broncos, marked the only individual championship on the opening day of the conference meet for Boise State.
In the long jump, sophomore Eleni Kafourou, who was named WAC Freshman of the Year at the 2006 indoor meet, broke a 17-year-old school record with a mark of 6.23m (20-5.25). Kafourou finished in second place, collecting eight points.
Competing in the 200m, sophomore Megan Olivetti finished in third place, posting a 24.16. The mark eclipsed the school’s previous best time of 24.25 (Misha Looney), which was set 11 years ago.
In the men’s 35-pound weight throw, sophomore Simon Wardhaugh (20.48m/67-2.25) and junior Jarrod Stevens (18.18m/59-07.75) finished second and sixth, respectively, each collecting points for the Broncos. Wardhaugh’s silver medal toss, which was an NCAA provisional qualifier, earned eight points and was the second-best in school history.
Also collecting points for the Bronco men were freshman Marlon Douglas, who finished fifth in the 200m with a time of 22.07, freshman Heigo Nurmsalu, who finished second in the pole vault (4.80m/15-9.00), and the distance medley relay team, which finished third (10:34.67).
Rounding out the scorers for the Bronco women were freshman Theodora Xylaki, with a third place high jump of 1.74m (5-8.50), and the distance medley relay team. A late charge from sophomore Breanna Sande propelled the women’s DMR team from fourth to second with a time of 11:59.92, the third fastest in school history.
Saturday’s action kicks off at 11:00 a.m., with Nurmsalu completing the final three events of the heptathlon. The freshman is currently in second place with 3,000 points.
The pentathlon begins at 11:30 a.m., the field events begin at 4:30 p.m., and the running events are slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Live results are available at www.wacsports.com.
WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships
Women 1. CSU-Fullerton (53), 2. Boise State (38), 3. Louisiana Tech (37), 4. Hawaii (25.5), 5. Nevada (20.5), T6. Idaho (20), T6. Utah State (20), 8. New Mexico State (13), 9. Fresno State (6).
Men 1. Idaho (59), 2. Utah State (44), 3. Boise State (31), 4. CSU-Northridge (29), 5. Louisiana Tech (22).
For complete individual results, click the link at the top of the page.
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