LOGAN, Utah Boise State senior Ryan Grinnell continued his dominance in the Western Athletic Conference, Friday, winning his first two events at the WAC outdoor track and field championships presented by Springhill Suites at Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan, Utah.

                Grinnell started the day off strong, winning his first ever outdoor long jump championship with a jump of 25-9.25 (7.85m). His mark is a NCAA regional qualifying mark, a personal best, and the second best jump in Boise State history. The school long jump record of 25-10.75 was set by Savvas Diakonikolas in 2008.

Grinnell earned his second WAC title of the day, while also winning his second consecutive WAC outdoor high jump title, clearing 6-10.75 (2.10m). Although it took until his third attempt to secure the win, Grinnell successfully garnered his eighth individual WAC championship. His high jump was also a regional qualifier. He will go for WAC title number nine Saturday evening when he competes in the triple jump at 5:30 p.m.

Simon Wardhaugh also managed to defend his 2008 outdoor championship in the hammer throw, winning the event on Friday with a toss of 224-00 (68.29m). Wardhaugh’s throw is a regional qualifying mark and is his best of the season. He improved upon his previous top mark of 223-11 (48.06m). With the win, Boise State has now won five consecutive WAC titles in the men’s hammer throw (Mattias Jon, 2005-06, Jarrod Stevens, 2007, Wardhaugh, 2008-09).

On the women’s side, Boise State earned its’ first conference championship of the weekend after a strong performance in the javelin by sophomore Sasa Kampic. Kampic recorded a regional qualifying mark of 162-09 (49.61m), which was good enough for first-place in the event. Boise State’s next top finish came in the 3000-meter steeplechase, where Breanna Sande placed third with a time of 11:15.03.

Preliminary heats were also run on Friday for 12 different track events. The final heats of the 1500m, 100m hurdles, 400m, 100m, 800m, 400m hurdles and 200m races will be run on Saturday. See the attached final results from Friday's competition for Saturday's final heat sheets. 

Heading into the final day of the WAC championship meet, the Boise State men sit in fourth-place with 34 points. Utah State is currently leading the men’s title race with 76 points. On the women’s side, Boise State is seventh with 25.50 points. Nevada leads the women’s field with 62.5 points.

The final day of championship competition will kick off at 12:30 p.m., Saturday (May 16), with the women’s hammer throw. The first running events of the day begin at 5 p.m. with the 4x100m relays, and will conclude at approximately 7:25 p.m. with the men’s 4x400m relay.



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