BOISE, Idaho – Boise State University splits its dual track and field meet with Idaho State University on Saturday (April 7) with the Bronco men defeating the Bengals, 87-67, while the women lost to Idaho State, 90-64, at Ed Jacoby Track and Bronco Stadium.

            The throwing events carried the men to victory with the Broncos finishing first, second and third in the javelin, and first and second in the hammer.  All five places were NCAA regional qualifying marks.

            In the javelin, Scott Viafore posted the third best throw in the nation this season winning the event with a toss of 232-6 (70.88m).  Pontus Thomee was second with a throw of 217-0 (66.14), which is the 20th best collegiate mark this season.  Nate Putnam rounded out the scoring for Boise State in the javelin with a third place throw of 212-9 (64.85m).

            Jarrod Stevens and Simon Wardhaugh were the top two finishers in the hammer with Stevens winning the event with a throw of 218-8 (66.66m) and Wardhaugh placing second with a toss of 215-8 (65.74m).  Stevens’ mark is the nation’s fourth best mark and Wardhaugh’s the fifth best.  Steven’s throw is also the second best all-time mark at Boise State, and Wardhaugh’s the third best for the Broncos.

            Wendell Lawrence recorded the men’s other regional qualifying mark on Saturday with a leap of 49-7.25 (15.12m) in the winning the triple jump.

            The Bronco men had two double winners with Marlon Douglas winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes with times of 10.84 and 21.91, respectively, and Sterling Small winning both hurdle events with times of 14.34 in the 110-meter event, and 52.61 in the 400-meter hurdles.

            Annika Hjelm and Eleni Kafourou highlighted the Bronco women’s performances on Saturday. 

In winning the hammer, Hjelm broke the school for the second time this season with a throw of 206-1 (62.82m).  Her throw is the eighth best in the nation this year, and the third best all-time mark in her home country of Sweden. 

            Competing in her first outdoor meet of the season, Kafourou won both the long and triple jump with NCAA regional qualifying marks.  Her winning leap in the long jump was 19-9.50 (6.03m) while her first place triple jump was 42-4.75 (12.92m), which is also the third best collegiate mark this season.

            Eleni Ypsilanti also had a regional qualifying mark for the women with a throw or 190-6 (58.07m) in hammer.

            Along with Kafourou, Megan Olivetti was also a double winner for the Bronco women as she placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.63, and first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.59.

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