Small, Xylaki Lead Bronco Track Team

Theodora Xylaki and Sterling Small qualified for the NCAA Regional Track Championships with outstanding efforts yesterday at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, California. Boise State has now qualified nine student-athletes for the regionals in ten events.

Two more Boise State student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Regionals and two other Broncos were victorious yesterday at the prestigious Brutus Hamilton Invitational on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley

Freshman Theodora Xylaki captured the women's high jump by clearing five-feet, 8.75 inches while senior hurdler Sterling Smallwon the men's 400-meter hurdles in 52.47 for Coach Mike Maynard's Broncos.  Two other members of the team won at the Invitational, as junior sprinter Nick Cunningham was victorious in the 200 with a time of 21.99 and sophomore Eleni Kafourou topped the field in the women's triple jump with a mark of 41-3, besting California sophomore Artensia Young (39-11.25).  Kafourou also placed second to Rice's Funmilayo Jimoh (21-2.5) in the long jump with a leap of 19-3.25.  Kafourou has already qualified for the regionals in both events with season bests of 19-9.50 in the long jump and 42-4.75 in the triple.  

The Broncos nearly won a fifth event in Berkeley, but the men's 4 x 400-meter relay team was nipped at the tape by the team from San Francisco Community College.  Boise State's time of 3:15.30 was beaten by 1/100th of a second.  California finished third in 3:16.42. 

Sophomore Megan Olivetti was fourth in both the women's 200 with a time of 24.83 and the 100-meter hurdles (14.70) at the Brutus Invitational.  Kayleen McDowell finished fourth in the 800 (2:13.95), behind Naquanza Alfred (2:11.97) and Lennie Waite (2:12.55) of Rice and Washington's Kira Harrison (2:12.50).  Matt Schmasow finished fourth with a personal best in the men's 800 (1:54.79); that event was won by California freshman Michael Coe (1:51.75).  Freshman Tyson Berg from Meridian's Mountain View High School (21-6) was fourth in the long jump.      

The meet concluded another outstanding week for the Bronco team.  Jarrod Stevens and sophomore Simon Wardhaugh finished second and third in the men's hammer while Annika Hjelm won the women's hammer at the Mesa Invitational and placed third at the Sun Angel Invitational in Tempe, Arizona on Friday. 

Stevens hurled the hammer 212 feet, six inches with Wardhaugh right behind at 210-1.  Former Bronco All-American Mattias Jons, competing for the Hasselby Track Club, won the event with a mark of 231-11.  Hjelm's third place throw was 197-11 while her winning mark in Mesa was 195-11. 

Seniors Forest Braden and Becky Guyette and sophomore Breanna Sande all finished in the top ten in their events Friday at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut California.  Guyette, who finished 10th in her section of the 5,000 (16:54.52), was less than three seconds off the NCAA regional qualifying time of 16:52.  Braden was second in his section of the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:34.58.  Sande placed third in her section of the 5,000 in 17:05.34.

Small and Xylaki join the growing list of Broncos who have qualified for regionals that now includes nine student-athletes in ten events.  Hjelm has set the school record twice in the hammer, with her top throw being 206-1.  Stevens and Wardhaugh had already qualified in the men's hammer with throws of 217-3 and 213-1, respectively.  Stevens' throw is the second best in school history behinds Jons' 233-11 set last season.  Wardhaugh has a personal best of 216-4 set last season.

  Junior Scott Viafore (216-09 in the javelin), senior Erik Whittsitt (60-1 in the shot put) and freshman Pontus Thomee (205-04 in the javelin) are the other Bronco qualifiers.    

 

 

Boise State travels to Eugene for the Oregon Invitational Friday before hosting their final home meet of the season, the Bronco Twilight, April 27th.

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