Boise State's Ryan Grinnell Places 15th at U.S. Olympic Team Trials

EUGENE, Ore. In a field of the nation’s elite athletes at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Boise State’s Ryan Grinnell placed 15th in the triple-jump preliminaries, Friday, July 4 at Hayward Field.

Grinnell, who fouled on his opening jump, recorded a best-mark of 51-11.75 (15.84m) on his second attempt to tie for 15th in his field of competitors. Despite his best efforts, the junior missed the mark to qualify for the finals as only the top 12 finishers advance.


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).

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