The #25 Boise State track team faces a huge test this weekend at the United Heritage Invitational in Nampa. The Broncos and defending Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State will go at it toe to toe at Jackson's Indoor Track with Washington, Sacramento State, Northwest Nazarene and Treasure Valley Community College joining the fray as well.
Fourteen colleges and universities as well as 20 high school and club teams will compete in the event sponsored by United Heritage Insurance.
The Bronco women will take on WAC foes Nevada and Utah State along with Sacramento State, California-Santa Barbara, TVCC, NNU, the College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Cal State-Stanislaus.
The Bronco men slipped five spots in the United States Track and Field Coaches Association poll and will be looking to improve. Boise State is 1-2-4 in the WAC in the 60-meter dash and owns the top three long jump marks, the top two feats in the triple jump and the #1 weight throw in the WAC this season.
The Boise State women have five top spots in the WAC, led by senior Eleni Kafourou, who is #4 in the nation in the triple jump and 14th in the long jump.
The Boise State team captured five individual titles in last night's action, setting two school records and getting an automatic NCAA qualifying mark in the process.
Kafourou set an NCAA Automatic qualifying standard in the long jump in breaking her own school record with a jump of 21-fee, 1.25 inches. Kafourou broke the school record in the triple jump last weekend and is off to an outstanding senior season. >p>Senior Megan Olivetti posted the other record with a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Olivetti topped her mark set last weekend by crossing the tape in 8.58 seconds, edging her record by 2/100th's of a second. Megan's sister Paige joined the winning in the 200 meters with a time of 24.87.
Freshman Melody Braden placed second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:06.29.
The Bronco men were led by Eric Capelle who tied his personal best (6.89) in winning the 60 meters. Teammate Marlon Douglas finished second in 6.95 seconds.
Senior Ryan Grinnell came through with a leap of 24-9 to score a seasonal best and NCAA provisional mark.
Action in the United Heritage Invitational resumes this morning at 9 with the first collegiate events schedules for 10:30. Finals begin at 2:20 this afternoon.