SACRAMENTO, Calif. Forest Braden finished seventh in the men s 5,000-meter run on Friday (June 8) night at the NCAA National Track and Field Championships, and in the process earned the third All-America award of his career at Boise State University.

            The senior from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, posted a time of 13:54.73 to earn two team points for the Bronco men.  Chris Solinsky from the University of Wisconsin won the event with a time of 13:35.12.

            Braden completes his Boise State career as the most honored distance runner in the history of the program.  He is the only distance runner to earn three NCAA All-American honors in school history picking up the other two awards at the 2004 cross country championships and in the 3,000-meter run at the 2004 indoor championships.

            Only three other Broncos have earned more than three NCAA All-American awards.  Mark Hoxmeier won four in the discus and shot put from 2000-02, Jake Jacoby won four in the high jump from 1983-85 and Jarred Rome earned six in the discus and shot put from 1997-2000.

            A seven-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Champion, Braden has also been named the 2004 WAC Indoor Championship Outstanding Performer, the 2006 WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the 2007 WAC Outdoor High Point Scorer with 28 team points.  His two most recent league titles came at this year’s outdoor meet in May when he won the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs.  He has also earned three first tam All-WAC awards in cross country during his career.

            Braden is also the school record holder in the outdoor 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:45.44 set in 2004, and indoors in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs with times of 7:58.08 and 13:47.73, respectively, set in 2006.

            Braden was the last Bronco to compete at this year’s outdoor championships.  Earlier in the day, Simon Wardhaugh finished 11th in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 208-2 (63.45m), while Zacharias Arnos and Eleni Kafourou both failed to advance out of the qualifying round of the triple jump.  Arnos had a leap of 49-9.25 (15.17m) in the men’s triple jump to place 22nd, while Kafourou was 23rd in the women’s triple jump at 42-00.00 (12.80m).

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