Boise State sends four to NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

The Meet - The Boise State University track and field will send four student-athletes to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships Mar. 14-15.


The NCAA Championships will feature 568 student-athletes who earned NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying standards in each event.


The Bronco Men - The Boise State University men’s track and field team enters the championships ranked 21st in the nation with 45.23 points in the polls. The Broncos were ranked all six weeks of the indoor season, reaching their highest ranking, No. 4, in week one. Boise State will be looking to finish the season above its ranking with three men in four events at the NCAA Championships.


Ryan Grinnell is the No. 2 ranked triple jumper in the nation with a mark of 53-9.50 (16.40m). Grinnell will also be competing in the men’s high jump where he is the 12th ranked jumper with a mark of 7-1.75 (2.18m). Grinnell was the top point scorer at the 2008 WAC Championships as he won the high jump, triple jump and finished second in the long jump.


Savvas Diakonikolas is the seventh ranked long jumper in the NCAA with a mark of 25-7.75 (7.82m). He won the long jump at the WAC Championships and was second in the triple jump.


Simon Wardhaugh will compete in the men’s weight throw. He is currently the eighth ranked on the NCAA performance list in the event with a toss of 70-0.25 (21.35m)


The Bronco Women - Junior Eleni Kafourou will represent the Boise State women’s track and field team in the long jump and the triple jump.


Kafourou is ranked 15th in the triple jump with a mark of 43-3 (13.18m) and 16th in the long jump with a 20-8.25 (6.31m). Kafourou qualified for the NCAA Championships by earning NCAA provisional qualifying standards in each event.


Notes - Forrest Braden and Keron Francis were the last Boise State to win All-American honors, earning the award in 2004.

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