Eight Broncos Earn All-Region Honors

BOISE, Idaho The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named eight members of the Boise State University track and field team to the All-West Region team, Thursday.

"Although we were disappointed that we did not win the conference championships a few weeks ago, we were the top Western Athletic Conference teams on both the men's and women's sides at the NCAA Regional Championships last weekend," head coach Mike Maynard said. "I believe that this shows the quality and overall depth of our teams."

Sophomore Eleni Kafourou earned All-West Region honors in both the triple and long jumps, the only Bronco to receive the award in multiple events. Senior Forest Braden (5,000-meter run), senior Sterling Small (400m hurdles), sophomore Simon Wardhaugh (hammer), junior Jarrod Stevens (hammer), senior Scott Viafore (javelin), freshman Zacharias Arnos (triple jump), and sophomore Annika Hjelm (hammer) were also named to the all-region team.

"This is the largest number of athletes we have ever placed on the all-region team," Maynard said. "I am very proud of the athletes and their efforts. I've been blessed with excellent athletes and a great coaching staff."

Athletes are eligible for All-Region honors if they finish in the top eight of an event at their regional championship. The 10,000m, heptathlon and decathlon are not contested at regional meets.

Of the eight award recipients, seven will be competing at the Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 6-9, at Sacramento, Calif. Kafourou, Braden, Wardhaugh, Stevens, Viafore, Arnos, and Hjelm will each be competing in the events in which they were named all-region. Seniors Erik Whitsitt (shot put) and Becky Guyette (10,000m) will also compete at the national championships.


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