BRONCO TRACK AND FIELD SENDS 12 TO NCAA WEST REGIONAL MEET

 

           BOISE, Idaho The Boise State track and field team will send 12 representatives to the NCAA West Regional meet in Eugene, Ore. this Friday-Saturday (May 29-30) with hopes of earning a trip to the NCAA Championship meet. The Broncos will compete in 10 different events throughout the weekend, with five coming on the women’s side and five on the men’s.

            The Bronco women will be led by two Western Athletic Conference champions from the 2009 outdoor season; Sasa Kampic and Kayleen McDowell. Kampic enters the regional meet ranked No. 23 nationally and No. 11 regionally in the javelin. Her top mark of the season is 162-09 (49.61m), which came at the conference championship meet.

            McDowell is also coming off a WAC title in the 800m, which marked the third consecutive conference championship in the event (2008 outdoor, 2009 indoor, 2009 outdoor). Her season-best time of 2:09.71 is ranked No. 21 regionally heading into the weekend.

            Also representing the Bronco women at regionals will be Breanna Sande, Annelise Bertleson and Mele Vaisima. Sande heads into the weekend ranked 23rd in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:46.92. Meanwhile, Bertleson is ranked No. 29 regionally in the pole vault (12-07.25/3.85m) and Vaisima is ranked 22nd in the hammer throw (177-09/54.19m).

            The Boise State men will send seven student-athletes to compete in five different events at the West Regional meet. Senior Ryan Grinnell leads the way for Boise State, as he is coming off a WAC championship meet in which he won three individual titles. Grinnell is currently ranked No. 1 in the triple jump regionally (No. 8 nationally) with a mark of 53-03.75 (16.25m). He also ranks third regionally in both the long jump (25-09.25/7.85m) and high jump (7-01.00/2.16m). Grinnell is ranked No. 9 nationally in the long jump and No. 24 nationally in the high jump.

            The other six members of the Boise State men’s team will be coming in two events; the hammer and javelin. Simon Wardhaugh enters the weekend with the top hammer throw in the region (224-00/68.29m). His top throw is ranked No. 6 nationally, and earned Wardhaugh his second consecutive WAC hammer championship at this year’s conference meet.

            Joining Wardhaugh in the hammer competition will be Trevor Kraychir and Alex Nelson. Kraychir is ranked 16th in the region with a mark of 199-02 (60.71m). Nelson currently has the 26th best toss in the region with a mark of 191-00 (57.72m).

            Boise State will also have three student-athletes competing in the men’s javelin. Pontus Thomee enters the West Regional meet with Boise State’s top ranking in the event, as he is No. 6 with a throw of 230-09 (70.34m). His mark ranks No. 13 nationally and was good enough to secure a conference title at the WAC Championship meet.

            Thomee is joined by Eric Demers and Scott Viafore, who both also qualified for regionals at the conference championships. Demers’ best throw of the season is 209-08 (63.90m), which ranks 14th regionally. Viafore currently has the 20th best throw in the region with a mark of 207-10 (63.36m).

            The top five finishers in each event at the West Regional meet will automatically advance on to the NCAA Championship meet, which is scheduled to be held June 10-13 (Wednesday-Saturday) in Fayetteville, Ark.


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