BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field team will look to improve upon many of its top times and marks this season when the Broncos head to Walnut, Calif. to compete in the 51st annual Mt. Sac Relays, Thursday-Saturday (April 16-19).

            Boise State has recorded eight regional qualifying marks so far this spring and will look to add to that number this weekend. The Bronco men have six regional qualifiers, while the women currently have two. Boise State also has five marks that currently rank nationally in the top 30.

            The women are led by sophomore Sasa Kampic (Krang, Slovenia/Gimnazija Skofja Loka) who has the 24th best javelin throw in the country after two meets. Her mark of 157-2.00 (47.90m) was good enough for a first-place finish at the All-Idaho Cup on April 3-4. Her throw is also a regional qualifying mark.

            Ryan Grinnell, a senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho (Skyline HS), currently has the highest national ranking for the Broncos with a No. 3 mark in the men’s triple jump. His leap of 53-3.75 (16.25m) won the Sun Angel Classic last weekend and is a regional qualifying mark. Grinnell is joined in the triple jump rankings by junior Zacharias Arnos (Nicosia, Greece/Archbishop Mauarios III Lyceum), who currently ranks 10th in the event with a regional qualifying mark of 51-4.25 (15.65m).

            Boise State’s final top-30 rankings come in the men’s 4x100-meter relay and the hammer throw. The Bronco relay team recorded a regional qualifying time of 40.61 at the Sun Angel meet, which ranks them No. 27 nationally. Simon Wardhaugh, a senior from Bracken Ridge, Australia (University of Queensland), holds Boise State’s second-best national ranking with an eighth-place mark in the hammer. His throw of 215-10.00 (65.79m) was good enough for third-place at the Sun Angel Classic.


Broncos leading the WAC


            The Boise State women enter their third meet of the outdoor season with one first-place and two second-place Western Athletic Conference marks. Senior Kayleen McDowell (Forest Grove, Ore/Forest Grove HS) currently leads the women’s 800m with a time of 2:12.29. She is joined by Annelise Bertleson (Boise, Idaho/Borah HS) and Kampic, who both hold second-place conference marks. Bertleson ranks second in the pole vault with a mark of 12-7.5 (3.85m), which broke the Boise State outdoor record.

            The Bronco men enter this weekend with five first-place WAC rankings and three second-place conference marks. Grinnell and Arnos are currently ranked first and second, respectively, in the men’s long and triple jumps. They are joined by Wardhaugh, who has the top hammer throw so far this season.

            On the track, Boise State has the top 4x100m relay time as well as the top 100m dash time. Per Strandquist, a sophomore from Akarp, Sweden (Malmo Latinskola HS), is ranked No. 1 in the 100m with a time of 10.70. Junior Marlon Douglas (Carenage, Trinidad/Trinity College) is currently ranked second (10.73), while Eric Capelle (Gresham, Ore./Sam Barlow HS) ranks fourth (10.84). Strandquist, Douglas and Capelle are joined by freshman Eetu Viitala (Kuortane, Finland/Kuortane HS) to comprise Boise State’s 4x100m relay team.


Mt. Sac Coverage and Results

            Live coverage of the 2009 Mt. Sac Relays can be seen, Friday and Saturday, through Full coverage and results of the meet can be accessed via

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