GRINNELL MAKES HISTORY ON FINAL DAY OF WAC OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

LOGAN, Utah Boise State senior Ryan Grinnell made history, Saturday evening, with a first-place finish in the men’s triple jump at the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships presented by Springhill Suites at Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan, Utah.

            Grinnell won the triple jump with a regional qualifying mark of 51-09.75 (15.70m). The win marked his third individual title of the weekend, having won the long jump and high jump on Friday. Grinnell became the only student-athlete in school history to win three individual WAC titles in one conference meet. With Saturday’s win he also improves his WAC championship total to nine, which is also a school record for the most individual WAC championships.

            Grinnell was named the WAC Men’s Outstanding Field Performer by the conference for his efforts at the championship meet. He also earned the Men’s High Point award after scoring 30 points for the Broncos.

            The Boise State men earned their final WAC championship of the weekend in the javelin, as Pontus Thomee recorded a regional qualifying mark of 230-9 (70.34m) to win the event. Boise State earned first, third, fourth and fifth-place in the javelin. Thomee’s win also marks his second consecutive WAC javelin title. Boise State has now won seven consecutive WAC javelin championships as a team (Rob Minnitti, 2003, Gabe Wallin, 2004-05, Keron Francis, 2006, Scott Viafore, 2007, Thomee, 2008-09).

            The Bronco men also had notable finishes from Eric Capelle and Zacharias Arnos during Saturday’s competition. Capelle finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.67. After leading most of the race, Capelle was edged out by Louisiana Tech’s Terry Carter (10.66). Arnos earned a third-place finish in the triple jump with a regional qualifying mark of 49-02.50 (15.00m).

            Kayleen McDowell captured the only women’s championship on Saturday, as she successfully defended her 800m outdoor title. McDowell won the event with a time of 2:10.47. She also won the 800m outdoor championship in 2008. The win marks McDowell’s third consecutive 800m championship overall, as she also won the event at the 2009 WAC Indoor Championships.

            The Boise State women also enjoyed strong finishes in the 4x400m relay, 5000m and 4x100m relay. The Boise State 4x400m relay team placed third with a time of 3:42.31. Breanna Sande earned the next highest finish for Boise State, placing fourth in the 5000m with a time of 18:21.18. Boise State also earned a sixth-place finish in the 4x100m relay with a time of 47.32.

            The Boise State men concluded the WAC championship meet with a fifth place finish in the team finals (97 points). Utah State won the men’s team title with 181 points. On the women’s side, the Broncos finished the weekend in eighth-place with 54.50 points. Louisiana Tech won the women’s team title with 150 points.

 


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