Bronco Men Ranked 19th

The Boise State University men’s track and field team leaped 20 spots in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I rankings, up to No. 19 with 103.12 points.

 

This is the first time during the outdoor season the Boise State men’s track and field team has been ranked, after reaching No. 4 in the polls during the indoor track and field season.

 

The Bronco Men - Eight members of the Bronco men’s track and field team are ranked on the NCAA performance list and will be competing at the NCAA West Regional Championships, May 30-31, at Northridge, Calif. The Bronco’s ascent in the national rankings was aided by three student-athletes, all of which improved their marks on the NCAA performance list.

 

WAC Men’s Field Performer of the Year, Ryan Grinnell moved up the national rankings in both the high jump and the triple jump. He ranks second in the nation in the triple jump with a mark of 54-3.75 (16.55m) and ninth in the high jump after clearing 7-2.50 (2.20m). Grinnell also ranks 19th in the long jump with a distance of 25-7.25 (7.80m) and accounts for 49.56 of the Broncos’ 103.12 points.

 

Simon Wardhaugh moved up four places and is now ranked third in the hammer throw with a mark of 226-6 (69.05m). He moved up the ranking by adding 2-4 (0.71m) to his hammer mark at the WAC Championships, May 16. If Wardhaugh were to place third at nationals, he would earn 26 placement points and 2.04 bonus points for the men’s team.

 

Pontus Thomee is ranked nationally for the first time this season (No. 45), after recording a mark of 214-8 (65.43m) in the javelin toss, May 17.

 

The five other members of the Boise State men’s track and field team that will participate at the NCAA West Regional Championships, May 30-31, at Northridge, Calif., include Savvas Diakonikolas, Jarrod Stevens, Zacharias Arnos, Nate Putnam and Nick Cunningham.

 

Diakonikolas remains 11th in the NCAA in the long jump with a distance of 25-10.75 (7.89m). Diakonikolas will also be participating triple jump, where he is ranked 76th nationally with a mark of 50-0 (15.24m).

 

Stevens is ranked 12th in the hammer with a toss of 219-0 (66.77m). Last season, he finished 14th at the west regional championships with a mark of 210-0 (64.26m).

 

Zacharias Arnos rose nine places in the national triple jump rankings to No. 18 with a leap of 52-0 (15.85m). Arnos will also compete in the long jump after earning a qualifying mark of 24-5.5 (7.45m), at the WAC Championships, May 16.

 

Nate Putnam ranks 54th in the javelin toss with a mark of 212-1 (64.65m). This is his fourth straight trip to the NCAA West Regional Championships. His best finish came his freshman season when he finished second with a throw of 222-6 (67.82m).

 

The Bronco Women - The Boise State women’s track and field team will be sending three student-athletes to the NCAA West Regional Championships, May 30-31, at Northridge, Calif.

 

Eleni Kafourou is ranked on the NCAA performance list in both the long jump and the triple jump. She is ranked fourth in the nation in the long jump with a mark of 21-5.50 (6.54m) and 14th in the triple jump with a distance of 43-10 (13.36m). At the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championships, Kafourou finished fourth in the triple jump (42-8.25/13.01m) and fifth in the long jump (20-3.50/6.18m).

 

Kayleen McDowell posted a 2:08.88 at the Robinson Invitational, Apr. 26, to earn her NCAA West Regional qualifying standard. Her time currently ranks her 75th on the NCAA performance list.

 

Megan Olivetti registered a Boise State school-record 13.81 in the 100m hurdles, May 16, to earn an NCAA West Regional qualifying standard. Her time ranks her 18th in the west region.

 

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