BOISE, Idaho Led by regional champions Mattias Jons and Keron Francis, six members of the Boise State University track and field teams head to Sacramento, California this week to compete in the NCAA National Outdoor Championships. The meet is being held from Wednesday through Saturday (June 7-10) on the Sacramento State campus.
                Jons, a senior from Sweden, is a two-time NCAA All-American and picked up his second regional championship in the men’s hammer back on May 26 with a throw of 225-0 (68.68m) to qualify for this year’s national meet. He earned this first All-American award at last year’s national championships with a second place finish. Heading into this week’s competition, which will be held at Wednesday (June 7) beginning at 11:00 a.m. (PT), Jons is ranked fourth.
                Jons will be joined in the event by teammate Simon Wardhaugh. A freshman from Australia, Wardhaugh was runner-up to Jons at regionals and is ranked 11th on the national list with a mark of 217-4 (66.24m).
                Francis won the men’s javelin at regionals this year with a throw of 236-0 (71.93m). Francis placed fourth in the javelin at the 2004 NCAA National Championships to earn All-American honors. He red-shirted during the 2005 season. He is ranked second on the national list heading into the competition which begins at 11:00 a.m. (PT) on Thursday).
                Francis will also have a Bronco teammate competing with him on Thursday. Sophomore Scott Viafore qualified for nationals when he placed fourth at regionals with a throw of 217-4 (66.24m).
                The Bronco men are tied for 15th in the most recent Trackwire 25 national rankings. The men have 17 points are tied with Texas A&M University and Brigham Young University. Florida State University is number one with 68 points. The points are based on projected scoring at this year’s national championships.
                Boise State’s men scored 33 points the west regional meet this year to place eighth.
                Two members of the Bronco women’s team round out the list of Boise State student-athletes making the trip to nationals.
                Freshman Eleni Kafourou is making her first trip after finishing second in the triple jump at regionals with a mark of 43-1.75 (13.15m). She will compete in the qualifying round for the triple jump at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on Friday.
                Senior Jackieann Morain rounds out the Bronco team as she compete in the first round of the 400-meter dash on Wedneday at 5:50 p.m. (PT). Morain qualified for nationals when she placed third at the west regional meet with a time of 54.76.

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