Boise State Track Team Excels At Invitational

In a final tune-up before the WAC Indoor Championships, the Bronco track and field teams swept the field at the Boise State Invitational this weekend, winning 13 events.

The Boise State track and field team captured 13 events to dominate the field in the Boise State Team Invitational yesterday at Jackson's Indoor Track in Nampa.


The red-hot Bronco women won nine events, headed by "The Greek Contingent" at Boise State.  Eleni Kafourou, who had won the long jump on Friday, came back Saturday and took the triple jimp with a mark of 42 feet, 4.25 inches.  Eleni Ypsilanti improved upon her NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 20-pound weight throw with a 64.650 in winning that event.  Fellow countrywoman Annika Hjelm was second in the event and Theodora Xylaki also placed first in the high jump at 5-6.


Amber Tavares also set a personal best in winning the shot put with a heave of 44-9.50.  Nevada made a strong showing, placing 2-3-4 in the event as Inger Appanaitis, Constance McAlman and Jaleesa Jeffery followed Tavares.


Boise State's success was far from limited to the field events.  Nataucha Lowry won the 60-meter dash in 7.86 seconds, Megan Olivetti led a 1-2-3-4 Bronco sweep in the 400 meters with a time of 56.43, Kayleen McDowell was first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:13.76, Breanne Sande won the mile run in 4:58.18 and the 4 x 400-meter relay team took first with a time of 3:48.84.  Lowry, Paige Olivetti and Nerisha Phillip completed the Bronco sweep in the 400 while Boise State's Kendra Hernandez placed second to Sande in the mile.


Zacharias Arnos also improved on his NCAA provisional mark in the triple jump with a leap of 51 feet to win that event.  Arnos was joined on the men's side by Caleb Cazier, Ty Axtman and Cody Eaton who also emerged victorious for the Broncos.  Cazier won the 800 in 1:53.81, Axtman set a season best in the mile with a time of 4:15.97 while Eaton took first in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:57.09.  Eaton also finished second to Axtman in the mile.  Matt Schmasow was right behind Cazier to place second in the 800 meters. 


Simon Wardhaugh and Jarrod Stevens also took second and third in the weight throw to James Parker, who was unattached.  David Walden tied for the best in the men's high jump with unattached Dave Hoffman.  Hoffman won the event with fewer misses.


Utah State went 1-2-3-4 in the men's 60-meter hurdles as Chase Richins, Scott Bell, Logan Moore and John Strang paced the field.  Utah State's Amber Peterson joined Kafourou as a double winner on the women's side at the Invitational, capturing first place in both the 60-meter hurdles and the 200.


Boise State's men's team will defend their 2006 title in the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championship in two weeks at Jackson's Track.  Competition for both men and women is set for February 23-24 in Nampa.

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