BOISE STATE MEN CAPTURE WAC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP; WOMEN FINISH CLOSE THIRD
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The Bronco women fell just short of capturing their first WAC championship, finishing in third with 112 points.
Men’s Final Results
“I think it’s spectacular,” Coach Maynard said. “I’ve got some great veterans on the team that I’ve won championships with. We’ve got a great young swell of talent underneath. The coaching staff has been spectacular. This is their first year and they’ve come together and gelled and helped the team come together.”
Senior Ryan Grinnell paced the Broncos with first-place finishes in the long jump (25-04.75/7.47m) and triple jump (52-10.25/16.11m). His long jump was an NCAA provisional mark and his triple jump was an NCAA automatic mark. Grinnell also recorded a second-place finish in the high jump (6-10.75/7.74m).
The Broncos finished first through fourth in the men’s long jump, as Eetu Viitala finished second with an NCAA provisional mark of 24-07.75 (7.51m). Per Strandquist place third (24-06.25/7.47m) and Zacharias Arnos finished fourth (24-01.50/7.35m).
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The Broncos also had a strong finish in the 60m dash, with Eric Capelle and Strandquist earning second and third place, respectively. Both runners recorded a time of 6.84 in the final heat.
Women’s Final Results
“[The women] that’s really the story of the meet in my opinion,” Coach Maynard said. “What these ladies have done, is taken a team that was literally in turmoil and without a soul, and what they’ve done is create a legacy. From this point forward all of the success that we have will be due to the ladies that are standing here, the one’s that participated and even the one’s who didn’t. Everybody was one spirit, and that’s what I really love.”
Senior Eleni Kafourou led the women with two individual titles and a second-place finish at the meet. She won the long jump (19-10.75/6.06m) and triple jump (43-07.00/13.28m). Her triple jump mark broke her own school record, earned her an NCAA provisional mark and was just shy of a NCAA automatic mark (13.30m). She also earned eight points for the Broncos with a second-place finish in the 60m dash.
The Broncos also earned second-place finishes in the women’s weight throw and 4x400m relay. Mele Vaisima placed second in the weight throw (60-02.00/18.34m) on Friday.
Boise State saw another school record fall on Friday as Annelise Bertleson became the first woman in school history to clear the 13 foot mark. In doing so, she broke the school indoor pole vault record with a vault of 13-00.25 (3.97m). Her mark was good enough for third-place in the meet. The previous school record (12-9.50) was held by BreAnna Craig, which she set at the Boise State Team Invite on Jan. 14.
On the men’s side, Grinnell was named the Outstanding Field Athlete following a stellar performance at the championship meet. He was also named the High Point Award winner after earning 28 points for the Broncos over the weekend.
For the women, Kafourou also earned multiple honors, being named the Outstanding Field Athlete. She was named the women’s High Point Award winner after scoring 28 points for
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