BRONCOS PLACE FIRST IN FOUR EVENTS AT WAC OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
FRESNO, Calif Forest Braden, Eleni Kafourou, Becky Guyette and Jarrod Stevens all came away with first place finishes for Boise State University on Friday (May 9) at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships.
Braden earned his sixth career individual WAC title when he placed first in the men’s 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:11.66. The senior from Bonners Ferry, Idaho has four previous track and field championships, and this past fall added the cross country title to his long distance resume. He will go for two more tomorrow (May 12) when competes in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs.
Kafourou came away with a first place finish in the women’s long jump posting a mark off 20-4.50 (6.21m) to bring her career league championship total to three. The sophomore from Greece won the triple jump at last year’s indoor and outdoor championships.
A senior from Marsing, Idaho, Guyette picked up her second WAC title when she won the women’s 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:13.07. Guyette also won the 5,000-meter run at this year’s indoor meet.
Stevens earned his first league crown when he won the men’s hammer throw. The junior from Australia posted a personal best in winning the event at 218-10 (66.71m). Steven’s teammate, and fellow countryman, Simon Wardhaugh finished runner-up in the hammer with a throw of 210-00 (64.00m).
With seven final events completed at the league meet, the Bronco men are in third place with 44 points while the women are seventh with 22 points. Boise State is the defending men’s outdoor champion and is trying to win its fourth straight track and field title in the WAC. The Broncos also won the 2006 and 2007 indoor crowns.
The Bronco men also picked up points on Friday from Zacharias Arnos who finished fifth in the long jump at 23-1.75 (7.05m), Anthony Thomas, who is also a member of the Bronco basketball team, in the high jump with a third placed mark of 6-6.75 (2.00m) and Brandon Christoffersen who finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:08.85, and sixth in the 10,000-meter run at 35:22.54.
Friday’s schedule was also full of preliminary events and Sterling Small made a statement in the men’s hurdles posting the top times in both events. Small’s time at 110-meters was 14.37, while his time at 400-meters at 53.26.
The Broncos had the second best qualifying times in both the men and women’s 800-meter preliminaries as Ty Axtman ran a personal best time of 1:52.72, and Kayleen McDowell posted a time of 2:12.37.
Also qualifying for Saturday’s (May 12) finals was Sean Chaney-Waller in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.39, Marlon Douglas in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.91, Cody Eaton at 800-meters with a time of 1:53.65, Marc Bybee and Brian Archield in the 400-meter hurdles with times of 55.09 and 55.94, respectively, and Nick Cunningham with a time of 21.91 in the 200-meter dash.
Megan Olivetti advanced to three finals on Friday posting times of 14.56 in the 100-meter hurdles, 12.27 in the 100-meter dash and 24.50 in the 200-meter dash. \
Joining Olivetti in Saturday’s finals are Breanna Sande and Kendra Hernandez in the 1,500-meter run with times of 4:39.38 and 4:42.18, respectively, Paige Olivetti in the 400-meter dash with a 56.21 time and Nerisha Phillip also in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.92.
The final day of this year’s track and field championships, which are being hosted by Fresno State, begin at Saturday with the women’s hammer at 12:30 p.m. The first running event is the women’s 4x100-meter relay at 5:00 p.m.
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