Bronco Track Team Puts The Hammer Down!

Three Boise State hammer throwers set personal bests, with Eleni Ypsilanti breaking the all-time Bronco record, as the Boise State track and field team thoroughly dominated the first day of competition at the YMCA Invitational at Bronco Stadium. Boise State All-American Keron Francis is in action today at the Stadium.

Boise State dominated the YMCA Invitational Track & Field Meet yesterday, capturing first place in ten events. In a day to honor the Bronco seniors, it was sophomore Eleni Ypsilanti who highlighted the first day of action at Bronco Stadium, setting a new Boise State record in the women's hammer with a throw of 195 feet, two inches. Ypsilanti broke the mark of 192-8 set just three years ago by Abbey Elsberry and shattered her previous NCAA regional qualifying mark of 184-4 set earlier this month at the Oregon Invitational. Freshman Teammate Annika Hjelm finished second in the event with her personal best of 190-2.

The Bronco men equaled the women's 1-2 finish in the hammer with All-American senior Mattias Jons (222-6) and freshman Simon Wardhaugh taking the top two places. Wardhaugh's throw was also a personal best.

Jennifer Donatelli came within one inch of qualifying for the NCAA regional meet in the women's discus with a toss of 155-1.

Former Bronco All-American and 2004 Olympian Jared Rome won the Open competition in the men's discus with a throw of 215-1. Rome ranks as one of the world's top discus throwers, placing seventh at last year's World Championships.

Other Broncos winning yesterday were seniors Roger White in the high jump (6-8) and Antoine Echols in the 200 (21.49), juniors Ty Axtman in the men's 1,500 meters (3:51.33), Sterling Small in the 400 (52.63) and Kristin Brogdan in the women's high jump (5-5) and freshmen Nataucha Lowry in the women's 200 (25.09) and Megan Olivetti in the women's 400-meter hurdles (1:03.25).

Boise State All-American Keron Francis, the nation's second-ranked javelin thrower, highlights the second and final day of action today at the Invitational. Collegiate running events begin at 11:50 this morning with Francis and the other field athletes starting competition at 2:15 this afternoon. The Invitational also features the top high school athletes in the state.

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