PROVO, Utah Kayleen McDowell and Eetu Viitala each came away with first place finishes and NCAA regional qualifying marks, and Danielle Valentine won the women’s pole vault, as Boise State University competed in the first day of the BYU Clarence Robison Track and Field Invitational.

            A senior from Forest Grove, Oregon, McDowell ran a season best time of 2:09.71 in winning the women’s 800-meter run and qualifying for the NCAA regional championships later next month (May 29-30) in Eugene, Oregon.

            Viitala, a freshman from Kuortane, Finland, captured the men’s long jump title with a season best mark of 24-6-5.0 (7.48m) to also qualify for the NCAA regional championships. 

            Valentine (Nampa, Idaho), another freshman on the Bronco team, captured the pole vault with a season best mark of 12-1.75 (3.70m).  Her teammate, BreAnna Craig, tied for second with a mark of 11-7.75 (3.55m).

            Also posting a second place finish for the Broncos was Breanna Sande when she ran a season best time of 4:45.15 in the women’s 1,500-meter run.

            Other top 10 finishers for Boise State on Friday (April 24) included Chase Sexton with a fifth place finish in the men’s discus at 155-5.25 (47.38m); Eric Demers with a seventh place throw in the men’s javelin at 194-3.50 (59.22m); and Ann Noyes in the women’s long jump with a ninth place leap of 16-11.50 (5.17m).

            Four Broncos advanced out of their preliminary heats on Friday to qualify for Saturday’s finals.  Nerisha Phillips qualified in two events posting the fourth best time in the women’s 400-meter dash at 56.29, and the seventh fastest time in the 200-meter dash at 25.01.  Morgan Cribbs also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.91, the fifth fastest in the preliminary heats. 

            Eric Capelle was the only male member of the Bronco team to advance out of a preliminary heat on Friday when he posted the sixth fastest time in the 100-meter dash at 11.00.

            Competing unattached on Friday as she red-shirts the 2009 outdoor season was Bronco Elena Kafourou.  The 2009 NCAA indoor champion in the women’s triple jump, Kafourou won the long jump with a leap of 20-8.75 (6.32m).

            The invitational continues on Saturday (April 25) on the BYU campus with field events starting at 10:00 a.m., and running events at 1:00 p.m.

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