Bronco Men's Track Team Downs Idaho State...

Good news and bad news. The Boise State men's track team took care of business in downing former Big Sky rival Idaho State 87-67 yesterday in Bronco Stadium. However, the Bronco women were shocked by their Bengal counterparts 90-64.

Boise State split with Idaho State in a dual track meet yesterday in Bronco Stadium, with the Bronco men downing the Bengals 87-67 and the ISU women embarrassing Boise State> 90-64.  If it had not been for the field events, the men might have been wondering what happened as well. 

Scott Viafore, Pontus Thomee and Nate Putnam scored a 1-2-3 sweep in the javelin, all with NCAA qualifying marks.  The Broncos have a history of excelling in thr event.  Viafore tossed the spear 232 feet, six inches, the third best throw in the nation this year.  Thomee set a personal best of 217 feet, good for 20th in the country while Putnam's throw was 212-9.

Jarrod Stevens won the hammer with the fourth best heave in the nation this year (215-8) while teammate Simon Wardhaugh finished right behind him with the fifth best throw this year (215-8).  Stevens' throw is second only to Mattias Jons; Wardhaugh's throw yesterday ranks third all-time.  Jons made an unannounced appearance yesterday and competed as an "unattached" hammer thrower.  He delighted the crowd with a throw of 234-11. 

Triple jumper Wendell Lawrence returned to action with the Broncos' fifth qualifying mark of the day of 49-7.25 in winning the event.  Sterling Small came up big for Coach Mike Maynard's team, capturing first place in both the 110-meter (14.34) and the 400-meter hurdles (52.61).  Sprinter Marlon Douglas won the 100 in 10.84 and the 200 in 21.91. 

Forest Braden (8:47.86) and Brandon Christoffersen (8:58.71) managed a 1-2 Boise State finish in the 3,000.  Sean Chaney-Waller won the 400 with a time of 48.18 with senior Ty Axtman (3:53.40) winning the 1500 by one second over Idaho State's Saheed Kahn (3:54.51).            

The Bronco women, meanwhile, learned that while they have some outstanding individuals, their depth is not there yet.

Hammer thrower Annika Hjelm broke her own school record with a throw of 206-1, the eighth best in the NCAA this year.  Eleni Ypsilanti also qualified for the regionals with a throw of 190-6.  Eleni Kafourou set regional qualifying marks in winning the long jump (19-9.5) and the triple jump (42-4.75).  Kafourou's TJ ranks third in the country. 

            Megan Olivetti was the other double winner for the Lady Broncos, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 14.59 and then coming back to take the 200 meters (24.63). Kayleen McDowell came through in the 800 with a time of 2:12.17 while Breanna Sande was victorious in the 1500 (4:32.28).  Theodora Xylaki took first in the high jump, clearing five feet, seven inches. 

Those are the positive results.  Elsewhere, the Idaho State women swept the top five places in the hammer throw and the top four places in the 100 meters, with Ashley Lujan the best Bronco finisher in fifth.  Although Olivetti won the 100-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash, Idaho State took second, third, fourth and fifth in both events.  The Bengals finished 1-2-3-4 in the 400-meter hurdles, 1-2-3-4 in the pole vault, 2-3-4-5 in the long jump, 2-3-4-5 in the triple jump, 2-3-4 in the discus and 2-3-4 in the high jump.


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