Jons Sets New Record to Pace Broncos

Mattias Jons began the 2006 track and field season the same way he did one year ago, by setting a Boise State record.

Mattias Jons broke his own record in the 35 to pace a solid effort for Boise State at the annual Hampton Inn and Suites Classic in Nampa. Boise State has become known nationally for field events, and yesterday did not disappoint Bronco fans. Jons' mark of 69 feet, 7 inches broke the school record he set in this same event one year ago. Staffan Johnson was second in another Bronco 1-2-3-4 finish, seven feet behind Jons. Jons was a double champion, topping the competition in the shot put, with the #2 throw there also 7 feet behind his. Boise State has become known nationally for field events, and yesterday did not disappoint Bronco fans. Keron Francis won the long jump by over 2 feet.

Boise State showed its depth in the men's competition, albeit not against NCAA teams. Andre Summers ran a 6.88 to pace a 1-2-3-4 sweep of Broncos that included football players Drisan James (2nd with a 7.06) and Lee Marks (7.16). Another Bronco football player, Aiona Key, was the easy winner in the high jump, clearing 6'11".

Antoine Echols led a similar sweep in the 200 with a 21.48 (followed by Summers' 22.12). Former Bronco football star Corey Nelson, running unattached, knocked off Echols and Kyle Christoffersen with a 47.97 400. Tyconstrictor Axtman emerged as a long distance threat, winning the mile in 4:16. Wijnand Rikenberg ran a solid 800 in 1:56.56 and Forest Braden, who redshirted last year, dominated the field in the 3000, winning the event by over 28 seconds.

The Bronco women were solid as well, defeating NNU by a score of 102.5 to 22.5, Cal State-LA by a 89-49 score and Eastern Oregon 104-25. The Lady Broncos lost, however, to fellow WAC member Nevada 88-62.

Kayleen McDowell led a 1-2-3-4 Bronco finish in the 400. Nataucha Lowry ran a 25.59 to win the 200. Other Bronco winners were Kristan Brogdan in the high jump and Eleni Kafourou in the long jump. Nevada won its dual meet with Boise State thanks to 9 wins in the 13 events, including a 1-2-3-4 finish of its own in the 60 meter hurdles, 1-2 finishes in the 4 x 400 relay.

Boise State will host the Athletes Invitational as well in Nampa next Friday and Saturday.




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