BOISE STATE SENDS THREE TO NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field team will send three student-athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championship meet this Friday-Saturday (March 13-14), with high hopes of bringing home medals in five events. Seniors Ryan Grinnell, Simon Wardhaugh and Eleni Kafourou will all be competing for the Broncos at the indoor championships, which will be held in College Station, Texas.

            Grinnell, a senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho (Skyline HS), will compete in the men’s high jump and triple jump this weekend. He enters the meet ranked No. 13 in the high jump (7-1.75/2.18m) and No. 10 in the triple jump (52-10.25/16.11m). Grinnell won the Western Athletic Conference triple jump crown with that mark. He finished second at the WAC championships in the high jump (6-10.75/2.10m). He was named the WAC men’s Outstanding Field Athlete and the High Point Award winner after scoring 28 points for the Broncos in the meet. Grinnell earned All-American status in both events as a junior, after finishing eighth in the high jump (7-0.25/2.16m) and sixth in the triple jump (52-3.25/15.93m) at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.

            Wardhaugh, a senior from Bracken Ridge, Australia (University of Queensland), travels to the NCAA Championship meet ranked No. 3 in the men’s weight throw (73-0.00/22.25m). His top mark of the season came on Dec. 6 at the Jacksons Open in Nampa. The throw broke the Boise State indoor record and was the top weight throw in the country until Feb. 13. Wardhaugh won the weight throw at the WAC Championship meet with a toss of 71-08.00 (21.84m). He finished fifth at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championship meet with a throw of 71-11.50, which earned him All-American status.

            Kafourou, a senior from Athens, Greece (9th Lykeium of Pireas HS), enters the NCAA Championships ranked No. 7 in both the women’s long jump (21-1.25/6.43m) and triple jump (43-7.00/13.28m). She broke the Boise State indoor record in both events this season. Kafourou also won WAC titles in both the long (19-10.75/6.06m) and triple (43-07.00/13.28m) jumps. For her efforts, she was named WAC women’s co-Outstanding Field Athlete and the High Point Award winner (28 points). Kafourou finished 11th in the long jump (20-2.50 (6.16m) at last year’s NCAA Championship meet.


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