Bronco Men And Women Both Finish In Top 15

Boise State finished in the top 15 in both men's and women's competition at the 2007 Regional Track and Field Championships in Eugene. Nine Broncos will compete in the National Championships in ten events.

Boise State finished in the top 15 in both men's and women's competition at the 2007 NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships in Eugene.  Coach Mike Maynard's Bronco men finished the regional meet with 24 team points to place 14th, while the Bronco women scored 12 points to finish 15thUSC won the men's division with 83 points and Arizona State won the women's regional title with 94 points.

Eleni Kafourou paced the women with two top five finishes.  She was fifth in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 3.5 inches and then followed that up with a triple jump of 42-8.25, good for fourth.  Kafourou's top marks this season in the triple jump (42-11.75) and long jump (20-4) are school records.  Kafourou will go the NCAA National Championships for a second straight year.     

Simon Wardhaugh finished fourth in the hammer with a heave of 213 feet, eight inches.  Wardhaugh will be going to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year and is the top-seeded Bronco man at 10th.  Scott Viafore placed fourth in the javelin, tossing the spear 213-5.  Scott is another school record holder with a season best of 232-5. Viafore will also be making his second appearance at the nationals and is the twelth seed.  Zacharias Arnos finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 51-4.50.

Forest Braden also qualified for a second national championship after a fifth place finish in the 5,000 meters, posting a time of 14:12.23.  Braden had to withdraw from nationals the last time due to an injury so this is special for Forest.      

Sterling Small finished sixth in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.74, while Annika Hjelm placed sixth in the women's hammer with a Boise State record throw of 208-3.  Hjelm broke the previous record of 206-1 that she set earlier this year.  Both missed automatic qualification by one place, but Hjelm was selected to compete at the National Championships with an at-large bid and Boise State's highest seed of eighth.     

Seniors Erik Whitsitt (shot put) and Becky Guyette (10,000m) also received bids to compete at the National Championships.  Whitsitt heaved the shot 61-9 and is seeded 12th.  Guyette set a school record in the 10,000 on April 29th with a time of 4:22.41.

Hammer thrower Jarrod Stevens, who finished seventh with a throw of 210-10, could advance to nationals as a wild card.  Stevens entered this weekend with the 11th best throw in the country.  The top five to six competitors, who do not automatically qualify for nationals, will be selected as wild cards early this week.  Ty Axtman finished 25th in the 1,500 with a time of 3:54.39.

Becky Guyette finished 14th in the women's 5,000 (16:59.35) while Theodora Xylaki was not able to clear her opening height in the high jump.  Kayleen McDowell finished 12th in the 800 with a time of 2:09.40, and teammate Breanne Sande was 16th in the 1,500, finishing in 4:30.96.         

In other Broncos results, the women's 4x400-meter relay team of McDowell, Megan Olivetti, Paige Olivetti and Nerisha Phillip was ninth with a time of 3:44.43, Eleni Ypsilanti was 12th in the hammer with a throw of 181-10 and Nate Putnam was 13th in the javelin (192-3).

Sophomore Kafourou earned All-West Region honors in both the triple and long jumps, the only Bronco to receive the award in multiple events.   Braden, Small,  Wardhaugh, Stevens, Viafore (javelin), Arnos and Hjelm were all named to the all-region team.

"This is the largest number of athletes we have ever placed on the all-region team," Maynard said. "I am very proud of the athletes and their efforts. I've been blessed with excellent athletes and a great coaching staff."

The NCAA Nationals are scheduled for June 6-9 in Sacramento.



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