PROVO, Utah – Four Boise State University track and field student-athletes came away winners on Friday (March 30), and Jarrod Stevens and Simon Wardhaugh improved their NCAA regional qualifying marks in the men’s hammer, at the BYU Cougar Invitational.

            Stevens, who placed first in the men’s hammer, was joined on the winner’s platform by Amber Tavares, Erik Whitsitt and Kaylen McDowell.

            A junior from Australia, Stevens winning hammer throw was 217-3 (66.23 meters) – the second best hammer throw in Boise State school history.  His throw improved on his previous regional qualifying mark of 206-10 (63.04m).  Mattias Jons holds the school record at 233-11 set last season.

            Wardhaugh placed second to Stevens in the hammer with a mark of 213-1 (64.95m), which is an improvement over his previous best regional qualifying mark of 206-1 (62.82m).  Wardhaugh holds the third best all-time hammer mark at Boise State at 216-4 set in 2006.

            Tavares won the women’s shot put with a mark of 42-8.25 (13.01m).  She also placed third in the women’s discus on Friday with a toss of 138-10 (42.67m).

            Whitsitt came away a winner for the second straight week in the men’s shot put with a first place mark of 58-5.75 (17.82m), while McDowell won the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.07.

            Along with Wardhaugh’s second place finish in the hammer, Broncos student-athletes also placed runner-up in two other events.  Kyle Christoffersen finished second in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 49.08, and Nick Cunningham ran a second place time of 21.86 in the men’s 200-meter dash.

            Boise State also placed third in two other events with Megan Olivetti running a time of 25.04 in the women’s 200-meter dash, and Marlon Douglas finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.01.

            In previous competition this week, Boise State’s Eric Demers placed eighth with 6,301 points in the decathlon at the Cal Multi-Meet held at the University of California campus in Berkely on March 28 (Wednesday) and 29 (Thursday).

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