BRONCOS PREPARE FOR WAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

            BOISE, Idaho With the indoor track and field season nearing its end the Boise State men and women are setting their sights on the Western Athletic Conference Championship meet, which will be held Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 26-28) at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa. The Bronco women are hoping to capture their first WAC title, while the men are looking for their sixth championship since joining the conference. The men have won the WAC indoor championship three times and the outdoor title twice.

 

The Meet

 

            The WAC indoor championship meet will kick-off Thursday at 11 a.m. with four events of the men’s heptathlon and the entire women’s pentathlon. On Friday, events will start up again at 1:30 p.m. and will end with the final event at approximately 7:50 p.m. The meet will conclude on Saturday with events starting at 2:30 p.m. and finishing around 7:30 p.m.

            The Boise State men are looking to avenge a second-place finish to Utah State at the 2008 indoor championship meet. The Broncos finished just 25 points behind the Aggies a year ago. The Boise State women recorded a fifth-place finish at the last WAC indoor championship meet, which was won by Louisiana Tech.

             For updates on the meet via live stats visit http://wac.org/itf/2009/index.htm

 

Topping the WAC

 

            The Boise State women enter this weekend’s WAC championships with numerous student-athletes ranked near the top of the conference standings. The Broncos currently have eight marks that rank in the top-three for their respective event. They rank No. 1 in three events.

            The Bronco men finished the regular season with 17 top-three rankings in the conference standings. They also hold the No. 1 ranking in four events. Boise State currently has the second through fourth best times in the 60-meter dash, as well as the top-four marks in the long jump.

 

Broncos Ranked Nationally

 

            Boise State senior Eleni Kafourou has continued to lead the Bronco women this season, ranking No. 5 nationally in the long jump and No. 8 in the triple jump. Kafourou’s best long jump to date is 21-01.25 (6.43m), while her top triple jump mark of the season is 43-05.00 (13.23m). Both jumps broke the Boise State indoor record. Kafourou enters the weekend with eight WAC championships to her name, which already makes her one of the most decorated female athletes in conference history.

            The Boise State men head into the WAC championships with seven marks ranking in the nation’s top-30. Simon Wardhaugh currently has the highest national ranking of any Bronco. He is No. 3 in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 73-00.00 (22.25m).  

Senior Ryan Grinnell leads the way with the most top-30 rankings on the team. He has two field event rankings in the top-10 and a third ranking in the top-30. He is currently ranked No. 10 in the high jump (7-1.75/2.18m) and triple jump (52-06.75/16.02m). Grinnell is also ranked No. 26 in the long jump (24-9.00/7.54m).

            The Broncos also hold three other top-30 marks in jumps, between Zacharias Arnos and Eetu Viitala. Arnos and Viitala both long jumped 24-7.75 (7.51m) earlier this season, which ties them for 30th nationally. Arnos is also ranked No. 19 in the triple jump (51-09.25/15.78m).


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