DES MOINES, Iowa Boise State University’s Ryan Grinnell advanced to the finals of the men’s long jump finals with an eighth place finish in the preliminaries during the first day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor National Track and Field Championship.

The junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho posted a best mark of 25-7.25 (7.80m) to finish fifth in his heat.  He will compete in the finals on Thursday (June. 12) beginning at 7:30 p.m. (CT) at Drake University.

Savvas Diakonikolas also competed in the second heat of the long jump for the Broncos on Wednesday, but failed to advanced as he finished 16th overall with a mark of 24-9.25 (7.55m).  Only the top 12 finishers in the preliminary rounds advance to the finals in the field event.

Two other Broncos competed in field events on Wednesday with Simon Wardhaugh and Jarrod Stevens in the men’s hammer.  While both were expected to move pass the preliminy and advance to the finals, the duo came up short finishing 15th and 16th, respectively.  Wardhaugh’s best mark on the day was 206-00 (62.87m), while Stevens posted a best mark of 205-06 (62.63m).

Rounding out the first day of competition for the Broncos was Eleni Kafourou as she took to the runway during the first flight of the women’s long jump. The junior recorded a mark of 20-02.25 (6.15m) on her first attempt to tie for 12th in her flight, but finished knotted in a tie for 21st in the field of 28 competitors and did not advance to the finals.  Kafourou will have another chance to make her mark at nationals on Friday (June 13) when she competed in the preliminaries of the triple jump at 7:00 p.m. (CT).

Also competing on Friday for the Broncos will be Grinnell and Zacharias Arnos in the men’s triple jump preliminaries at 4:15 p.m. (CT).

Competing for Boise State on Thursday, along with Grinnell in the finals of the men’s long jump, will be Megan Olivetti.  The junior from Reno, Nev., will make her first national appearance competing in the first round of the women’s 100-meter hurdles.  Olivetti’s hurdle race begins at 4:30 p.m. (CT).



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