Ryan Grinnell Prepares For 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

BOISE, Idaho - After proving to be a force to be reckoned with at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, Boise State’s Ryan Grinnell will showcase his talents in the triple jump, July 4, at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Despite posting qualifying marks in multiple events, the junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho is choosing to compete in just the triple jump. The qualifying event will begin at 7:10 p.m., Friday, July 4, with the finals taking place Sunday, July 6 at 4 p.m.

"Ryan and I are very excited for this opportunity,” said jumps and combined events coach, Petros Kyprianou. “It is a great deal for him and the whole State of Idaho to represent Boise State since he is the only Idaho product/jumper since Jake Jacoby to compete at the US Olympic trials; the Nation's elite track meet for an opportunity to represent the USA at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.”

During his first year at Boise State, Grinnell captured four WAC individual titles winning the triple jump and the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor championships.

In addition to his success at the conference championships, the junior continued his success at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championship as he placed sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 53-6.5 (16.32m), and placed second in the long jump with a best-mark of 25-02.00 (7.67m).

En route to the NCAA Championship, Grinnell took the title in the men’s triple jump with a leap 52-6.50 (16.01m), leading the team in points with 12 for the Broncos. At the 2008 WAC Outdoor Championship, he was named WAC Men’s Field Performer of the Year in addition to being the High Point Winner after capturing the title in both the triple jump with a personal-record leap of 54-3.75 (16.55m), and the high jump with a mark of 7-2.50 (2.20m). At the conference championship, the junior also placed second in the long jump (25-7.25/7.80m).

“Ryan has worked very hard to get to this level,” added Kyprianou. “Earning 4 All-American honors and winning 4 WAC championships in one season is amazing and shows his talent and potential. I'm blessed to be working with him and lucky to coach an athlete of his caliber."

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