WARDHAUGH FINISHES THIRD, THOMEE FIFTH, AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - Simon Wardhaugh and Pontus Thomee earned Boise State’s first team points at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday evening, after finishing third in the men’s hammer throw and fifth in the javelin, respectively.

Wardhaugh, a senior from Brackenridge, Australia (University of Queensland), earned All-American honors by recording his top hammer throw of the season (230-05/70.23m). The hammer was won by Virginia Tech’s Marcel Lomnicky (235-06/71.78m). This marks the top finish Wardhaugh has recorded at an NCAA Championship meet. He also earned All-American honors at the 2009 Indoor Championships with a fifth-place finish in the weight throw.

Thomee, a sophomore from Goteborg, Ojersjo (Porthalla Gymnasium), earned his fifth-place finish and All-American honors in the men’s javelin with a mark of 233-05 (71.14m). The javelin was won by Georgia’s Chris Hill, who recorded a throw of 268-04 (81.80m). Thomee’s finish marks his first career medal at an NCAA championship meet.

Senior Ryan Grinnell (Skyline HS/Idaho Falls, Idaho) also represented the Broncos on Friday, competing in the preliminary round of the men’s triple jump and the final round of the high jump. Grinnell managed to earn a spot in the triple jump finals with an 11th-place finish in the qualifying round (52-1.00/15.87m). He will compete in the event’s final round on Saturday.

Grinnell also earned an 11th-place finish in the high jump finals. Grinnell went out of the event after clearing 6-10.75 (2.10m). The men’s high jump was won by Scott Sellers of Kansas State, who cleared 7-5.00 (2.26m) to take home the title.


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