BOISE STATE MEN FIRST, WOMEN THIRD, HEADING INTO FINAL DAY OF WAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

             NAMPA, Idaho Two days of competition are in the books for the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, and the Boise State men and women are both in position to win a conference championship on Saturday. The Broncos captured their first two individual titles of the weekend on Friday, while also securing numerous spots in Saturday’s final track heats. The Bronco men lead the meet with 51 points, while the women are currently in third with 48 points.

 

Men’s Results: Friday

 

            The Boise State men are in a three way battle with Idaho (47 points) and Utah State (42) after scoring five events on Friday. Senior Ryan Grinnell brought home the men’s first individual championship of the weekend with a first-place finish in the long jump (25-04.75/7.74m). The jump beat his top mark this season and also earned him another NCAA provisional mark.

            The Broncos earned a huge point contribution from the long jump, winning first through fourth-place in the event. Grinnell was followed by Eetu Viitala, who finished second with a jump of 24-07.75 (7.51m), which was also a NCAA provisional mark. Per Strandquist placed third (24-06.25/7.47m), while Zacharias Arnos finished fourth (24-01.50/7.35m).

            Boise State also had a strong showing in the 5000-meter on Friday, finishing second and third in the race. Sawyer Bosch crossed the finish line in second-place for the Broncos with a time of 14:41.88. Sophomore Brian Pierre wasn’t far behind, finishing third with a time of 14:51.60.

            “The men had a great meet,” Boise State Head Coach Mike Maynard said Friday night. “We’re not far off where I figured we would be after the first day. [Although] we did it in an entirely different way than I expected.”

            The Broncos also had a great deal of success in Friday’s preliminary races on the track. Boise State earned four spots in the men’s 800m finals, as well as three finals’ spots of the 60m dash. The Broncos will be represented with two spots in the 200m and one in the 400m finals.

“We’re four points in front of Idaho and nine points in front of Utah State, so that’s still a close meet” Maynard said. “A couple of key events can swing this for us tomorrow.”

 

Women’s Results: Friday

 

            The Boise State women did their best to keep pace with the front of the pack, Friday, sitting in third-place with 48 points. Idaho leads the women’s standings with 59.5 points, while Hawaii is in second with 49.5 points after seven events. The Broncos earned one individual title and a runner-up finish on day-two of the championship meet.

            Eleni Kafourou captured the first women’s title of the weekend for Boise State with a long jump of 19-10.75 (7.61m). Mele Vaisima earned a runner-up finish for the Broncos with a throw of 60-02.00 (18.34m). Vaisima beat her previous top throw of the season, which was 55-00.75 (16.78m).

            The Bronco women also saw a school record fall, Friday, as Annelise Bertleson recorded a 13-00.25 (3.97m) pole vault. Her vault was good enough for third-place in the meet and broke her previous indoor record of 12-9.00 (3.83m), which was set last season. Her vault also earned her a NCAA provisional mark.

             “On the women’s side, for the most part, we had a really great first day,” Coach Maynard said. “We had a couple things where, maybe we could have put another person into a final [heat] or scored a few more points. But right now we’re only 11.5 points behind Idaho. We had a lot of great things happen today.”

            On the track, Boise State also qualified numerous women into Saturday’s final heats. The Broncos earned two spots in the final heats of the 60m, 200m, 400m and Mile. The Bronco women will also have one spot in the 60m hurdles and 800m finals.

            “For the most part I feel pretty good about where we are at and our chances tomorrow,” Maynard said. “If we do a good job in the finals tomorrow we have a shot at grabbing a title.”

 

Saturday’s Meet Schedule

 

            Saturday will be the final day of competition of the WAC Indoor Championships. Events will start at 2:30 p.m. with the men’s high jump and will run until approximately 8 p.m., finishing with the 4x400m relays.


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