THREE BRONCOS ADVANCE TO NCAA TRACK AND FIELD FINALS

            FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The results from the first day of competition at the 2009 NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships came late Wednesday (June 10) night due to a thunder and lightning storm, but at the end of the day three Boise State University student-athletes advanced to their event finals.

            Simon Wardhaugh, a senior from Australia, started the day in the morning with the fifth best mark in the preliminaries of the men’s hammer at 218-11 (66.72m).  The senior will compete in the hammer finals on Friday (June 12) at 1:00 p.m. (CT).  His best throw of the season is 224-00 (68.29m).

            Ryan Grinnell and Pontus Thomee qualified for their finals over 12 hours later on Wednesday following the weather delay at the University of Arkansas campus which suspended competition in the early evening.

            A senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Grinnell was one of 13 student-athletes to advance to the finals of the men’s high jump with a mark of 6-10.75 (2.10m).  Grinnell’s top mark of the 2009 season is 7-1.00 (2.16m).  The finals are set for 7:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday. 

            Grinnell also competed in the preliminaries of the men’s long jump on Wednesday, but failed to make the finals when he finished 17th with a mark of 25-2.00 (7.67m).

            A nine-time individual Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champion (a Boise State record), Grinnell will compete in preliminaries of the triple jump on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. (CT).  Grinnell is the only student-athlete at this year’s national championships to compete in all three jumping events.

            A sophomore from Sweden, Thomee qualified for the finals of the men’s javelin when he placed 12th in the qualifying round with a throw of 218-08 (66.65m).  Thomee, who has a season best throw of 239-3 (72.93m), will compete in the javelin finals at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday.

            Boise State’s lone entry in the women’s championships also competed on Wednesday, but came up short in her goal of reaching the finals.  Sasa Kampic, a sophomore from Slovenia, finished 19th in the preliminaries of the women’s javelin with a throw of 149-10 (45.67m) and did not advance to Friday’s finals.

            No Bronco student-athletes will compete on Thursday (June 11).


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