Seven Broncos Capture Individual Titles at Hornet Invite

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Though it was only the first meet of the outdoor season, Saturday, six members of the Boise State University track and field team can already start thinking about the postseason.

At the conclusion of the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational, the Broncos were able to boast seven event winners, as well as six qualifiers to the NCAA Regional Championships.

Highlighting the afternoon’s victorious student-athletes was sophomore Annika Hjelm’s school-record hammer throw of 197-feet, 5-inches (60.18-meters). The mark eclipsed the previous school record by more than two feet, as well as launched past the second place effort by more than 21 feet, and qualified her to regionals.

In the men’s hammer throw, junior Jarrod Stevens was also victorious with a regional-qualifying mark of 206-10.00 (63.04m). The toss was the third-best in school history. Sophomore Simon Wardhaugh also qualified for regionals in the hammer with a throw of 206-01.00 (62.82m).

Senior Erik Whittsitt, junior Scott Viafore and freshman Pontus Thomee rounded out the contingent of Bronco throwers who qualified for regionals at the season-opening meet. Whittsitt finished first in the shot put with a toss of 60-1.00 (18.31m), Viafore finished first in the javelin with a throw of 216-09.00 (66.07m) and Thomee posted a javelin mark of 205-04.00 (62.58m).

Senior Becky Guyette and sophomore Breanna Sande finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s 1,500m. Guyette won the event with a time of 4-minutes, 29.87-seconds, and Sande posted a runner-up time of 4:32.39. The Broncos also claimed victory in the men’s 1,500m, as senior Ty Axtman posted a time of 3:55.10. Sophomore Megan Olivetti captured the individual title in the women’s 200m dash with a time of 24.78.

Boise State will continue its outdoor season, March 30, at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

For complete results from the Hornet Invitational, click the link below.

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