SACRAMENTO, Calif Despite setting a Boise State University record, Mattias Jons came up a few feet short in his quest for a national championship on Friday (June 9) as he placed second in the men’s hammer at the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
                A senior from Sweden, Jons finished runner-up in the hammer for the second straight year with a throw of 233-11 (71.31m). He broke his previous school record of 230-8 (70.30m) set on April 22 at a meet in Eugene, Oregon.
                Jons came within one throw of winning the national title on Friday. Following the fifth round of throws, Jons led the competition with his mark of 233-11. But in the sixth and final round, and on the final throw of the competition, Virginia Tech University’s Spyridon Jullien let go a winning effort of 237-2 (72.29m). It marked the second straight year Jullien won national men’s hammer championship.
                Jons second place finish also earned him his third NCAA All-America award. His others came at last year’s outdoor championships, and this past March when he placed sixth in the 35-pound weight throw at the NCAA National Indoor Championships.
                In other competition involving Boise State student-athletes on Friday, Eleni Kafourou failed to advance to the finals of the women’s triple jump when she placed 18th in the preliminary round. A freshman from Greece, Kafourou posted a mark of 41-6.00 (12.65m) on her first jump before fouling her next two attempts. The top 12 finishers advanced to Saturday’s (June 10) finals.
                One Bronco student-athlete still remains in the competition at this year’s national championship. Senior Keron Francis will try to win the men’s javelin for Boise State a third straight year when competes at 10:00 a.m. (PT) on Saturday. Francis posted the second best throw during the preliminaries on Thursday (June 8) at 237-7 (72.43m). Justin Ryncavage of the University of North Carolina had the top preliminary throw at 243-3 (74.14m).
                Former Boise State student-athlete Gabe Wallin won the men’s javelin at the 2004 and 2005 NCAA National Championships

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