BRONCO TRACK AND FIELD PREPARES FOR WAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field team will travel to Logan, Utah this Wednesday-Saturday (May 13-16) with high hopes of bringing home a pair of conference titles from the Western Athletic Conference outdoor championships, at Ralph Maughan Track Stadium, presented by Springhill Suites. The Bronco men will try and capture their third consecutive conference championship, while the women are in search of their first ever WAC title.

 

The Men

 

            The Bronco men enter this weekend with the challenge of defending two conference titles after winning the 2008 outdoor and 2009 indoor WAC Championships. Boise State has won six men’s conference championships since 2004 (two outdoor, four indoor). Last year the Broncos pulled off a narrow win at the outdoor championship meet, beating Utah State by just seven points (135). The Aggies were followed closely by Louisiana Tech (134.5) and Fresno State (132).

            This year the Broncos enter the WAC Championships with nine NCAA West Regional qualifying marks and six marks ranked nationally in the top-25, as of May 11. Senior Ryan Grinnell leads the way with regional qualifying marks in three events, all of which rank in the nation’s top-25 as well. Grinnell has the eighth best triple jump in the country, first in the West Region, with a mark of 53-3.75 (16.25m). He is also ranked No. 17 in the high jump (7-1.00/2.16m) and No. 21 in the long jump (25-1.75/7.66m), which is third and fifth in the region, respectively.

            Grinnell is joined in the national rankings by Zacharias Arnos, who currently has the 20th best triple jump mark (15.65m). Arnos also ranks fourth regionally. Boise State’s other top-25 marks come in the hammer throw and javelin. Simon Wardhaugh is ranked sixth nationally, first regionally, in the hammer (223-11/68.24m). Pontus Thomee is ranked 16th in the nation in the javelin (227-5/69.33m), which is sixth best in the West Region.

            Boise State enters the conference championships with top marks and times in seven different events. The Broncos have the top three 100-meter dash times, as well as the best 4x100m relay time in the WAC. Boise State also has the top high jump, long jump, triple jump, hammer and javelin marks in the conference this season.

 

The Women

 

            The Boise State women head to the WAC Championship meet with five regional qualifying marks, three of which rank in the region’s top-20. Sophomore Sasa Kampic currently has Boise State’s top regional ranking. She has the 12th best javelin throw in the region with a mark of 157-2 (47.90m). Kampic also ranked 29th nationally in the event.

            Joining Kampic is Breanna Sande and Mele Vaisima, who both currently rank 20th in the West Region in their respective events. Sande has the 20th best 3000m Steeplechase time in the region (10:39.93), while Vaisima is ranked 20th in the hammer throw (177-09/54.19m).

            As a team Boise State enters the WAC Championships with the second best conference marks in three events. Kayleen McDowell has the No. 2 time in the 800m (2:09.07), while Annelise Bertleson is second in the pole vault (12-7.5/3.85m) and Kampic is second in the javelin. Sande currently has the third best conference time in the 3000m steeple.

 

Live Stats

 

           Live stats will be available for the 2009 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships presented by Springhill Suites. Just visit http://wac.org/otf/2009/index.htm for updates throughout the weekend.


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