BOISE STATE WINS 21 EVENTS, EARNS SEVEN NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS, AT BRONCO TWILIGHT MEET

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field program bid farewell to 15 seniors in grand fashion, Friday, winning 21 events and posting seven NCAA regional qualifying marks at the Bronco Twilight meet in Bronco Stadium. The Bronco women captured seven event titles, while the men won 14 events in Boise State’s final regular season meet of the outdoor season.

            Mele Vaisima led the way for the Bronco women, winning three events on Friday while also recording her first NCAA regional qualifying mark of the season. Vaisima won the hammer throw (177-09/54.19m), the discus (140-03/42.74m) and the shot put (39-05.75/12.03m). Her hammer throw was also good enough to qualify her for the NCAA West Regional meet.

            The Bronco women also had a strong showing in the high jump, in which Boise State finished first and second. Ann Noyes and Brooke Demers both cleared 5-00.25 (1.53m), but Noyes would win the event with less missed attempts as Demers finished second.

            On the track, Boise State earned first-place finishes in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, 5000m and 4x400m relay. Lacy Hopkins won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:06.37. Senior Breanna Sande took home the 5000m title with a time of 18:00.06. The Bronco women also finished first in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:51.31.

            Senior Ryan Grinnell made the most of his final collegiate competition in Bronco Stadium, winning two events and recording two more regional qualifying marks on Friday. Grinnell won the men’s high jump (7-00.50/2.15m) and long jump (24-11.75/68.24m). Both marks are regional qualifiers.

            The Bronco men also had a big afternoon in the hammer throw, earning three regional qualifying marks in the event. Senior Simon Wardhaugh won the hammer with a toss of 223-11 (68.24m), which is his top throw so far this season. He was joined by Trevor Kraychir and Alex Nelson, who both also earned regional qualifying marks. Kraychir placed third (199-02/60.71m), while Nelson finished fifth (189-01/57.63m) in the event.

            Boise State’s other first-place field event finishes came in the javelin, shot put and pole vault. Pontus Thomee won the javelin with a regional qualifying throw of 227-05 (69.33m). Chase Sexton won the shot put with a throw of 52-09.50 (16.09m). Meanwhile, Daniel Thompson improved his top pole vault of the season by over one foot, winning the event with a vault of 15-07.00 (4.75m).

            Freshman Eric Capelle paced the Bronco men on the track, winning the 100m and 200m on Friday. Capelle won the 100m with a time of 10.85 and the 200m with a time of 22.00. Boise State placed first through fourth in both events.

            Senior Kyle Christoffersen took home the 400m title with a time of 49.32. Boise State also captured first-place in the 800m, as Dusty Klein recorded a time of 1:58.11. Kevin Higgs finished first in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:01.00, while Scott Foley won the 5000m with a time of 15:36.03.

            Boise State’s final two first-place finishes came in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The Broncos won the 4x100m relay with a time of 41.41, and the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:25.91.

            The Broncos also had a great deal of success on Friday with members of the women’s roster who are currently redshirting the 2009 outdoor season. Heidi Dorling won the women’s pole vault, competing unattached, with a vault of 12-03.50 (3.75m).

            Eleni Kafourou and Paige Olivetti, who also both competed unattached, each won multiple events on Friday as well. Kafourou won the women’s long jump (21-02.00/6.45m), triple jump (43-01.50/13.14m) and 100m dash (12.22). Olivetti won the 200m (24.50) and 400m (57.05).

            Boise State is off next week in preparation for the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, which will be held May 13-16 in Logan, Utah.


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