FOUR BRONCOS HEAD TO NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

            BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State track and field program will send four representatives to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., June 10-13, with the goal of earning top finishes in six different events.

            The Broncos are led by senior Ryan Grinnell, who has qualified in the men’s long, triple and high jumps. He is the only student-athlete in the nation, of either gender, to qualify in all three jumping events at this year’s NCAA Outdoor Championship meet. Grinnell is coming off of a NCAA West Regional meet in which he won the triple jump with a leap of 53-09.75 (16.47m).

            Grinnell enters the national championship meet with the fourth ranked triple jump mark in the field. He is also ranked ninth in the long jump (25-09.25/7.85m) and tied for 16th in the high jump (7-01.00/2.16m). Grinnell will compete in the long jump qualifying round at 4 p.m. and the high jump qualifying round at 8 p.m on Wednesday. He will then compete in the triple jump preliminary heat on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The long and high jump finals are scheduled for Friday, while the triple jump finals will take place Saturday afternoon.

            Simon Wardhaugh will also look for a big finish to his collegiate career, as the senior is set to compete in the hammer throw. Wardhaugh also won the West Regional meet and enters the NCAA Championships with the sixth best hammer throw in the field (224-00/68.29m). He will compete in the event’s qualifying round Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The final round of the men’s hammer is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.

            Boise State’s final competitor on the men’s side will be sophomore Pontus Thomee, who has qualified in the javelin after finishing second at regionals. Thomee’s top mark of the year is 239-03 (72.93m), which ranks seventh in the NCAA Championship field. The preliminary round of the men’s javelin will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The final round will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

            The Bronco women will be represented by one student-athlete, Sasa Kampic, who will compete in the javelin. Kampic qualified as an at-large bid after recording a national top-25 mark of 162-09 (49.61m) earlier this year. She enters the national championship meet with the 22nd best mark in the field. The women’s javelin qualifying round will start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the final round being held Friday at 5:30 p.m.

            For live updates throughout the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, visit ncaa.com. Live television coverage of some of the final events will also be available on CBS College Sports, Friday at 7 p.m. (ET) and Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET).


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