Track and Field Signs Five to National Letters of Intent

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State University field track and team announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Monday, May 12.


Per Strandquist headlines the 2008 recruiting class. Strandquist, who hails from Malmno High School in Sweden, will join the Broncos as a member of the jumps squad. Strandquist’s top marks include a 25-7 (7.80m) in the long jump and a 10.42 in the 100m dash.


“Strandquist was the No. 1 student-athlete still available,” said jumps coach Petros Kyprianou. “He is a versatile athlete which will be representing Boise State on the national stage in a couple of years. He will come right in and continue the Boise State tradition of great horizontal jumps.”


“Our goal as a coaching staff is to turn him into a 27-foot long jumper,” Kyprianou said. “The best American high school jumper is only at 25-0 (7.62m) right now and Strandquist is already at 25-7 (7.80m). With his speed and concentrating on the long jump my goal as a coach is to have him jumping 27-feet by the time he graduates.”


Kyprianou continued; “This was a highly recruited student-athlete. Schools from all over the country were recruiting him but my connection to him as a fellow European really helped bring him to Boise State. He is another piece in the puzzle of reaching our goal of establishing a top five national jumps program at Boise State. The tradition of great jumps at Boise State began under Ed Jacoby and I want to continue his legacy by dominating the jumps at the conference and national level.”


Ann Noyes will join the Broncos from Moses Lake, Wash., as a heptathlete in the fall.


“Noyes is a talented and versatile heptathlete,” Kyprianou said. “She established good marks in a variety events while in high school. I expect her to come to Boise State and within two years be a Western Athletic Conference scorer and a national qualifier.”


Lacy Hopkins, from Priest River, Idaho (Lamanna High School), will be competing as a heptathlete for the Boise State track and field team. Her best marks include a 26.04 in the 200m, a 58.04 in the 400m and a height of 5-2 (1.58m) in the high jump.


“When you consider the weather she had to deal with in northern Idaho, her marks are very good and I am excited to work with her,” Kyprianou said. “I expect her to be scoring at WAC and a national qualifier within two years.”


Kyprianou was ecstatic about having four women compete in the heptathlon next year. “With the addition of Hopkin and Noyes, Megan Olivetti converting to the multi-events and the return of Aspen Clontz, I am very excited about our heptathletes next year. These women are another piece in the puzzle as establishing Boise State as a perennial WAC champion and national contender.”


The Boise State distance and cross country teams received a boost with two signings.


Derek Gunn will be joining the Broncos distance squads after completing a successful interscholastic career at Mountain View High School in Meridian, Idaho. He is expected to compete for Boise State in the mile, 1,500m and the 3,000m in addition to cross country.


Carli Blankenship, from Cody, Wyo., will be a mid-distance runner for the Broncos. She posted a 2:12.0 in the 800m and should be an asset to the team as early as the 2009 indoor track and field season.


“Our goal was to establish more depth in our distance program and these signings are the start,” said assistant cross country coach Tom Shanahan. “These additions combined with our returns should help solidify our distance races.”


The Boise State track and field team is preparing for the 2008 WAC Outdoor Championships which will be held at the Ed Jacoby Track at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho, May 14-17.

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