Boise State Hosts Bronco Twilight, Friday, May 2

The Meet - The Boise State University track and field will host the Bronco Twilight, Friday, May 2, at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.


The field events will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the women’s discus while the track events will start at 6:15 p.m., with the men’s 3,000m steeplechase.


This is the final home meet for seven Boise State seniors, which includes Meadow Braden, Chaly Jones, Jarrod Stevens, Nate Putnam, Nick Cunningham, Cody Eaton and Darren Strong.


The Teams - Seven different four-year universities in the northwest will represented at then Bronco Twilight including host Boise State, Idaho, Idaho State, Utah State, Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon and BYU. There will also be individuals and junior colleges entered in this open meet.


The Bronco Men - The men currently have six student-athletes ranked on the NCAA Performance List.


Simon Wardhaugh is ranked seventh in the NCAA and first in the Western Athletic Conference in the hammer throw with an West Regional qualifying toss of 224-2 (68.34m).


Jarrod Stevens is ranked 18th in the nation and second in the WAC in the hammer toss with a mark of 212-10 (64.88m). This will be the final home meet for the senior Stevens, who came to Boise State in 2006 after transferring from the University of South Australia. During his first year he won the hammer toss at 2007 WAC Championships with a mark of 218-10 (66.71m) before finishing 14th at nationals. He is currently third in school history in both the hammer toss (218-10, 66.70m) and the weight throw (66-8.75, 20.34m). Those are both career-best mark for Stevens.


Ryan Grinnell sits atop the WAC and is ninth in the nation in the triple jump with a mark of 52-8.75 (16.07m).


Savvas Diakonikolas earned his NCAA West Regional qualifying mark in the long jump Apr. 18, at the Azusa Pacific Invitational as he leaped 24-6.50 (7.48m).


Zacharias Arnos earned an NCAA West Region qualifying standard in the triple jump as he posted a 51-2.25 (15.60m) at the Azusa Pacific Invitational to rank 22nd in the NCAA performance list.


Senior Nate Putnam is ranked first in the WAC and 45th in the NCAA in the javelin toss with a mark of 212-1 (64.65m). Putnam is a four-time NCAA West Region Qualifier in the javelin toss. He finished second to teammate and NCAA champion Gabe Wallin at the 2005 NCAA West Regional with a mark of 222-6 (67.82m). He posted a 224-3 (68.35m) in the javelin toss at the Pepsi Invitational for his career-best mark.


Other seniors include:


Nick Cunningham earned an NCAA West Region qualifying mark in the men’s 200m dash with a time of 21.20 which he achieved Apr. 18, at the Azusa Pacific Invitational. He is ranked in the WAC in both the 200m (second) and the 100m (third). Cunningham transferred from Santa Barbara to Boise State following the 2005 season, where he was quickly assimilated into the sprints group. During his tenure at Boise State, Cunningham has earned all-conference honors both on the track and in the classroom. His top times are a 7.05 in the 60m, a 10.61 in the 100m and a 21.20 in the 200m. Each of his career-best times has come during his senior season.


Cody Eaton was the 2008 WAC Indoor Champion in the mile with a time of 4:13.09. This was the third straight year Eaton earned all-conference honors in the mile but was the first time he won the event. Eaton was also selected to the All-WAC first-team in cross country as he finished sixth and was a two-time academic All-WAC selection. His top times include a 1:54.36 in the 800m, a 4:11.68 in the mile, a 3:55.26 in the 1,500m and an 8:42.54 in the 5,000m.


Darren Strong has competed for the Broncos four years in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. He set his career-best time in the 800m at the NNU Invite Apr. 26, with a mark of 2:01.77. His other top times include a 54.42 in the 400m and a 4:46.33 in the mile.


The Bronco Women - The Boise State women’s track and field team has three members of the team that has earned NCAA Regional qualifying standards.


Eleni Kafourou is ranked nationally and first in the WAC in both the long jump and the triple jump. She is ranked 12th in the long jump with a mark of 20-10 (6.35m) and 19th in the triple jump with a distance of 42-6 (12.95m). She earned both marks Apr. 18, at the Azusa Pacific Invitational.


Kayleen McDowell improved her regional qualifying standard in the 800m dash at the Robinson Invitational with a time of 2:08.88. She is currently ranked first in the WAC and 14th in the west region in the event.


Megan Olivetti earned her regional qualifying in the 100m hurdles as she posted a 13.92 at the Sun Angel Track Classic Apr. 12. Her time ranks her 14th in the NCAA West Region and first in the WAC.


The seniors include Meadow Braden and Chaly Jones.


Braden was a four-year member of the track and cross country teams participating in a variety of distance races. Her career-best times are a 5:12.70 in the 1,500m, an 11:10.99 in the 3,000m, a 19:04.15 in the 5,000m and a 38.57.90 in the 10,000m.


Jones was a two-year member of the track and cross country teams after transferring to Boise State from Weber State following the 2006 season. She posted top 10 finishes in four of five cross country races this year. Her career-best times are a 4:54.51 in the 1,500m, a 10:51.65 in the 3,000m, an 18:53.20 in the 5,000m and a 40:42.73 in the 10,000m.




» «