BOISE, Idaho Boise State University’s track and field team posted two new NCAA regional qualifying marks on Friday (April 27), and had several Broncos post season bests, in the final home meet of the 2007 season.

            The highlight of the Bronco Twilight meet came in the women’s 4x400-meter relay as the team of Kayleen McDowell, Megan Olivetti, Paige Olivetti and Nerisha Phillip combined for a time of 3:41.22.  The regional qualifying mark is also the second fastest in school history, less than two tenths of a second off the Bronco record of 3:41.06 set in 1988.

            Megan Olivetti and Phillip also picked individual wins with Megan winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes in times of 12.18 and 24.52, respectively, and Phillip winning the 400-meter dash in a time of 55.55.  All three times were season bests.

            Zacharias Arnos recorded the other new regional qualifying mark for the Broncos when he won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 50-8.75 (15.46m). 

            The Bronco men and women’s teams have now posted 16 NCAA regional qualifying marks this season.

            In the men’s shot put, senior Erik Whitsitt recorded the third best mark in school history with a winning toss of 61-9.00 (18.82m).

            Other winning efforts for the Bronco women included Breanna Sande in the1,500-meter run (4:31.50); the 4x100-meter relay team (47.14); Amber Tavares in the shot put (43-11.75) and discus (144-5), Annika Hjelm in the hammer (193-9); and Eleni Kafourou in the long jump (20-2.50) and triple jump (42-8.00).  Both of Kafourou’s jumps were season improvements on her previous regional qualifying marks. 

            Additional first place finishes for the men included Cody Eaton at 800 meters (1:53.28); the 4x100-meter relay team (41.60); the 4x400-meter relay team (3:21.30); and Scott Viafore in the javelin (231-00).

            Former Boise State All-American and 2004 Olympian Jarred Rome won the discus with a toss of 211-02.  Earlier this month Rome posted the top American mark, and the second best throw in the world, this season at 224-3 (68.37m).

            Two more Broncos will be action on Sunday (April 29) when Forest Braden competed in the men’s 10,000-meter run, and Becky Guyette in the women’s 10,000-meter run, at the Cardinal Qualifier at Stanford University.

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