BOISE STATE EARNS FOUR TOP-SEVEN FINISHES AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field team finished its indoor season, Saturday, with one national title and four top-seven finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Following Eleni Kafourou’s historic long jump title on Friday, the Broncos earned All-American status in three events on Saturday to close out the weekend. 

            Kafourou, a senior from Athens, Greece (9th Lykieum of Pireas HS), earned her second All-American honor of the weekend by placing seventh in the triple jump (43-0.25/13.11m). She entered the meet ranked No. 7 with a season’s best mark of 43-7.75 (13.28m), which she recorded at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Kimberly Williams of Florida State won the women’s triple jump Saturday with a leap of 45-3.75 (13.81m). Kafourou’s triple jump finish came on the heels of earning the first women’s NCAA individual national championship in Boise State history.

            Ryan Grinnell, a senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho (Skyline HS), also earned All-American status in the men’s triple jump, Saturday, with a leap of 53-3.00 (16.23m). He finished fourth in the event, which marks his best finish at an NCAA National Championship meet. Grinnell topped his best mark of the season (52-10.25/16.11m) on his first attempt of the meet. The men’s triple jump was won by Christian Taylor of Florida with a mark of 55-8.50 (16.98m). This marks the fifth time in two seasons that Grinnell has achieved All-American status. In 2008 he received the honor by placing sixth in the triple jump and eighth in the high jump.

            Simon Wardhaugh, a senior from Bracken Ridge, Australia (University of Queensland), capped off the weekend with a fifth-place finish in the men’s weight throw (71-5.00/21.65m). For the second consecutive year Wardhaugh has finished fifth at the national meet, as he also placed fifth in 2008. Wardhaugh’s finish also earned him All-American honors for the second consecutive year. The men’s weight throw was won by Jason Lewis of Arizona State (75-0.75/22.88m). 

Grinnell also competed in the high jump on Saturday. He bowed out of the competition without a mark, however. After passing at 6-10.25 (2.09m), Grinnell entered at 7-0.25 (16.25m). He missed on all three attempts. The men’s high jump was eventually won by Scott Sellers of Kansas State (7-4.25/2.25m).

Boise State finished the meet ranked 19th in the women's team standings with 12 points. This achievement marks the first time in school history that Boise State women have scored team points at the NCAA Division I National Championships. The Bronco men ended the weekend in 27th place with nine points.

 

ESPN2 to Replay National Indoor Championships

 

            On Monday, March 23, ESPN2 will air a 90-minute replay of the 2009 NCAA Division I National Indoor Championship meet. The show is scheduled to air at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

 


» «