#20 Boise State Wins Bronco Invitational

The #20 Bronco men's track team appears hungry to recapture the WAC Indoor Track title won by Utah State last year. Coach Mike Maynard's Boise State team won seven titles over the weekend at the Bronco Invitational.

The 20th-ranked Boise State track team dominated a nine-team field that included BYU and Utah to take home top honors at the Bronco Invitational at Jackson's Indoor Track yesterday in Nampa.  The Bronco men captured seven titles and set five NCAA provisional marks in the process.  

Four Boise State women also did well over the weekend.  Senior Eleni Kafourou broke her own school record in the triple jump (43 feet, five inches), outclassing BYU's Madara Dzable by nearly five feet and set an NCAA provisional mark in the long jump by soaring 20 feet, three inches .  Senior Megan Olivetti broke Karla Jacoby's 24-year old record in the 60-meter hurdles (8.60), eclipsing the mark also tied by Tosha Bailey of 8.67 seconds.  Olivetti surprised three UCLA stars--Ryann Krais (8.66), Lindsay Rowe (8.68) and Ronecia Nash (8.76) in winning the event.  Olivetti also finished third in the 200 (25.07), an event won by UCLA's Yasmin Woodruff with a time of 24.98.  Freshman Mele Vaisima exploded onto the scene with a mark of 54-9.50 in the weight throw to win the fourth individual title for the Lady Broncos, edging Utah's Josefin Berg.

Breanna Sande finished third in the 3,000-meters with a time of 10:19.41 while BreAnna Craig had a nice leap of 12 feet to place fourth in the pole vault. 

UCLA took home six titles over the weekend to pace the women.  Utah and BYU won two events each to finish behind Boise State with Northwest Nazarene and Weber State winning one event each.

The Boise State men stole the show, however.  Showing the depth needed to not only recapture the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championship next month  but also make some noise at the NCAA Championships in March.  Coach Mike Maynard's squad finished higher than its team competition in nine of the 16 events over the weekend.  Weber State took home five individual titles to one each for BYU and Whitworth.

The Broncos took the top three spots in the 60-meter dash, a new area of strength for the team, and also took second through fourth in both the 200-meters and long jump.  Boise State was 1-2 in the distance medley and won the 4 x 400-meter relay.

Freshman Eric Capelle set a personal best of 6.88 to lead the Bronco sweep in the 60, with Per Strandquist (6.89) and Marlon Douglas (6.98) right behind.  Strandquist led the trio in the 200 in finishing second to former Bronco Corey Nelson with a time of 21.96.  Capelle crossed the line in 22.06 and Douglas was fourth with a 22.20. 

Freshman Eetu Viitala also showed he's a force to be reckoned with this season.  Viitala earned a provisional qualifying mark of 24-7.75 to win the long jump while Bronco senior Ryan Grinnell finished third at 24-7.25, also a provisional mark.  Junior Zacharias Arnos was fourth with a jump of 24-6.5.  Grinnell cleared 7-1 in the high jump to set his second NCAA provisional mark of the meet.

Arnos joined the NCAA qualifying party with a triple jump of 50-10.25 to beat BYU's Aaron Powell by over four feet.  Senior Simon Wardhaugh, the #1-ranked weight thrower in the nation, easily won first with a toss of 69-9.50.  Wardhaugh had an amazing throw of 73 feet last month at the Jackson's Open.

Freshman Brian Pierre shocked the BYU runners by edging out Dylan Shawhan by 9/100th's of a second to win the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:28.53.  Teammate Sawyer Bosch also knocked off a couple of Cougars for third by finishing with a time of 8:34.63. 

Caleb Cazier led a 3-4-5 Bronco finish in the 400 with a time of 49.38.  Kyle Christoffersen was next at 49.56 while Dusty Klein crossed the finish line in 49.78.


Boise State returns to action next weekend when they host the United Heritage Invitational in Nampa.

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