BRONCOS WIN 11 EVENTS TO OPEN INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD SEASON AT JACKSONS OPEN

            NAMPA, Idaho Led by Simon Wardhaugh’s school record in the men’s 35-pound weight throw, Boise State University opened its 2008 indoor track and field season winning 11 events at the Jacksons Open.

            A senior from Bracken Ridge, Australia, Wardhaugh broke the record with a mark of 73-00.0 (22.25 meters).  His throw is an automatic qualifying mark to the NCAA National Indoor Championships, and breaks the record set two years ago by Mattias Jons at 72-4.50. 

            Ryan Grinnell and Eleni Kafourou each posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks in winning their respective events.  Grinnell won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 52-6.00 (16.00m) while Kafourou finished first in the women’s long jump with a mark of 20.00-5 (6.11m).  Kafourou also won the triple jump with a leap of 40-00.75 (12.21m).

            Competing in her first multi-event, the women’s pentathlon, Megan Olivetti scored 3,386 points to win the event.

            Other first place finished for the women included Nerisha Phillip in the 500-meter dash at 1:16.06, Danielle Valentine in the pole vault at 11-11.75 (3.65m) and the 4x400-meter relay team with a time of 3:55.02.

            Boise State’s other first place finishes on the men’s side came from Eric Capelle in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.03, Kyle Christoffersen in the 500-meter dash at 1:05.36, and Zacharias Arnos in the long jump with a mark of 24-00.75 (7.33m).

            The track and field teams will now take a long break from competition before returning to the Jacksons Track on January 24 (Saturday) when they host the Blue & Orange Invitational.

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