TEMPE, Arizona Six NCAA regional performances, one first place finish and one school record highlighted Boise State University’s trip to the annul Sun Angel Track and Field Classic April 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday).

            Senior All-American Ryan Grinnell led the Broncos’ effort winning the university division triple jump with a regional mark of 53-3.75 (16.25m).  Grinnell also recorded a second regional qualifying mark in the long jump with a leap of 24-2.25 (7.57m) to place fourth.

            Zacharias Arnos also posted a regional qualifying mark in the triple jump with a fourth place finish of 50-10.25 (15.50m).  Arnos added a second placed in the long jump to his efforts on Saturday with a leap of 23-10.75 (7.28m).

            Annelise Bertleson set a Boise State record in the women’s pole vault with a third place finish.  Bertleson’s vault of 12-7.50 (3.85m) was also a regional qualifying mark.  She broke the previous school record of 12.5.50 set by Sadie Sweet in 2003. 

            Boise State’s 4x100-meter relay team of Eric Capelle, Marlon Douglas, Eetu Viitala and Per Strandquist will advance to the NCAA regional championships May 29 and 30 (Friday and Saturday) in Eugene, Oregon when they posted a time of 40.61 for the third fastest time in Bronco history.

            The final regional qualifying mark for the Broncos came during the first day of competition when senior All-American Simon Wardhaugh placed third in the men’s hammer with a throw of 215-10 (65.79m). 

            Boise State also had four additional top five finishes on the Arizona State University campus.  Two of those finishes came on the women’s side with the 4x100-meter relay team of Nataucha Lowry, Nerisha Phillip, BreAnna Craig and Morgan Cribbs finishing second with a time of 47.52, and Phillip placing fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.56.

            The two top five finishes for the Bronco men came during the second day of competition when Strandquist placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.72, while Capelle was fifth in the 200-meter dash with a 21.81 time.

            Boise State will again be on the road this coming weekend (April 16-18) when both teams compete in the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, California.

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