TWO MORE BRONCOS QUALIFY FOR NCAA TRACK AND FIELD NATIONALS / KAFOUROU QUALIFIES IN SECOND EVENT

            EUGENE, Oregon Scott Viafore and Zacharias Arnos automatically qualified for nationals on Saturday (May 26), while Eleni Kafourou qualified for her second event, as all three produced fourth place finishes at the NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships.

            Viafore will be making his second straight trip to the NCAA championships after throwing the men’s javelin 213-5 (65.04m). 

            Arnos qualified for his first national collegiate with a leap of 51-4.50 (15.66m) in the men’s triple jump

            Kafourou’s performance marked the second time in two days she has qualified for the national championships.  On Saturday she posted a mark of 42-8.25 (13.01m) in the women’s triple jump, after placing fifth in the long jump on Friday (May 25) with a mark of 20-3.50 (6.18m). 

            The top five regional finishers automatically qualify for the national meet, which will be held June 6-9 (Wednesday-Saturday) in Sacramento, Calif.

            A total of five Broncos automatically qualified for nationals.  Joining Kafourou, Viafore and Arnos are Simon Wardhaugh and Forest Braden.  Wardhaugh finished fourth in the men’s hammer on Friday with a toss of 213-8 (65.14m) while Braden placed fifth in the men’s 5,000-meter run on Friday with a time of 14:12.23.

            Sterling Small and Annika Hjelm came with one place of automatically qualifying on Saturday afternoon.  Small finished sixth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.74, while Hjelm placed sixth in the women’s hammer with a Boise State record throw of 208-3 (63.47m).  Hjelm broke the previous record of 206-1 (62.82m), which she set earlier this year.

            In other Broncos results on Saturday, the women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Kayleen McDowell, Megan Olivetti, Paige Olivetti and Nerisha Phillip finished ninth with a time of 3:44.43; Eleni Ypsilanti placed 12th in the women’s hammer with a throw of 181-10 (55.38m) and Nate Putnam threw the men’s javelin 192-3 (58.59m) to place 13th.

            Boise State’s men finished the regional meet with 24 team points to place 14th, while the Bronco women scored 12 points to finish 15th.  USC won the men’s division with 83 points and Arizona State won the women’s regional title with 94 points.


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