Who is the Bronco Female Athlete of the Year?

Volleyball star Cameron Flunder, track and field standouts Becky Guyette, Annika Hjelm and Eleni Kafourou, tennis's Polina Kokoulina, senior soccer players Brennan Lau and Kim Parker and basketball standout Jessica Thompson are this year's nominees for Bronco Female Athlete of the Year. Read the story and vote on the Bronco Talk Board.

Volleyball—Cameron Flunder

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFlunder, a senior middle blocker, is the Broncos' all-time kills leader with 1,497. She is also #2 in the school record book for kills in a season, with 435 in 2004.

Flunder and the Broncos finished the season with a record of 13-17, but not before putting a scare into #21 New Mexico State in the first round of the WAC Volleyball Tournament. The Aggies, who were 31-2 going into the game, survived in four sets (28-30, 30-15, 31-29, 30-18).

Flunder was named to the All-WAC First Team this year for the third consecutive season. She also earned Second Team honors as a freshman in 2003.

 

 

Track—Becky Guyette, Annika Hjelm and Eleni Kafourou

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGuyette won the WAC Championship in the 5,000-meters at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fresno. She finished in 17:20.71, nearly 12 seconds ahead of second place Breanna Sande, her teammate. She also won the 10,000 in 37:13.07, more than 18 seconds ahead of the next best runner.

Guyette qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the 10,000 by recording the second fastest time in school history at the Stanford Track and Field Invitational (34:44.98 ) in May. Becky and finished 27th at the National Championships with a time of 35:41.94.

Guyette also broke the Jacksons Track record, as well as a 25-year-old Bronco record, en route to a first place finish in the 5,000 at the WAC Indoor Championships with a time of 17-minutes, 19.35-seconds.

Kafourou captured the WAC titles in both the triple jump and the long jump at the Outdoor Championships. Kafourou flew 20 feet, 4.5 inches to capture the long jump title and won the WAC in the triple with a mark of 42 feet, 11.75 inches, a foot and eight inches better than the second-place finisher. Kafourou was second in both events at the Indoor Championships.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketKafourou captured the WAC titles in both the triple jump and the long jump at the Outdoor Championships. Kafourou flew 20 feet, 4.5 inches to capture the long jump title and won the WAC in the triple with a mark of 42 feet, 11.75 inches, twenty inches better than the second-place finisher. Kafourou was second in both events at the Indoor Championships. Her long jump mark of 20 feet, 5.25 inches in the winter broke a 17-year old Bronco record.

Kafourou earned All-West Region honors in both the triple and long jumps, the only Bronco to receive the award in multiple events. Kafourou was 23rd in the women's triple jump at the NCAA Championships with a mark of 42 feet and 25th in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 3.25 inches.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAnnika Hjelm won the hammer at the Outdoor Championships with a throw of 200 feet, seven inches. She was also third at the Indoor Championships in the weight throw. Hjelm was also named to the All-West Region team. She also qualified for the NCAA National Championships and finished 13th in the hammer with a throw of 189 feet, four inches.

The Broncos finished third at the WAC Indoor Championships in Boise with 102 points behind champion Cal State-Northridge and runners-up Louisiana Tech. Boise State finished fourth at the Outdoor Championships with 116.5 points behind Louisiana Tech, Nevada and Idaho.

 

 

Tennis—Polina Kokoulina

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketKokoulina was named to the All-WAC first team in singles after finishing 14-11 in singles and 15-11 in doubles this year. Kokoulina led the Broncos to a second straight appearance in the WAC Tennis Championships, where they lost to Fresno State. Boise State also was selected as an at-large team to the NCAA National Championships, where they lost to #24 Indiana 4-2.

 

 

Soccer—Brennan Lau and Kim Parker

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketLau scored three goals this season and dished out a career high four assists to help the Broncos. She set a career high with 25 shots, 11 of those on goal for 44%. She also was credited with the game-winner. For her career, Lau finished with 10 goals and five assists in 73 games, 78 shots, 40 of them on goal (51.3%) and five game-winning kicks.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketParker tended goal in 12 games this season, allowing just 13 goals for an outstanding 1.10 goals per game average. She made 57 saves and has a record of 3-4-3 while the Broncos' goalkeeper. Parker's 1.44 goals allowed average per game in her career ranks her third in school history. She played in 71 games in her Bronco career, allowing just 88 goals while making 282 saves and notching 10 shutouts. Her career mark was 26-30-5.

Lau and Parker were part of a Bronco class that recorded the best four-year record in school history (34-35-9).

 

 

Basketball—Jessica Thompson

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThompson, a sophomore out of Temecula, California, became the first Bronco woman to be named to the All-WAC Basketball Team. Thompson finished the regular season ranked sixth in the WAC with 13.8 points per game, third in three-point percentage at 35.5 percent, third in free throw percentage 78.2 percent and fourth in assists at 2.23 per game. The sophomore recorded 19 games in double-digit points, seven with 20+ including a season high 25 at Oregon on November 24. In addition, she led the team in scoring 13 times, in rebounding four times, and in assists four times. The sophomore was named the WAC player of the week twice during the season on January 15 and 29.

Thompson led the Broncos to their first-ever WAC regular-season championship, which Boise State backed up by winning the conference tournament as well. Boise State won the automatic berth to the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 1994. The Broncos finished the year with a sterling record of 24-9.

 

 

 


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