The Boise State track and field team cemented its reputation as a national force this weekend at the NCAA National Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. The Bronco women finished 19th in the country while the men were 27th.
Eleni Kafourou led the way with an historic long jump title Friday afternoon as the Broncos recorded four All-American performances. Following the first-ever national title for a Boise State woman, Coach Mike Maynard's team put in three more top-seven marks yesterday. Kafourou earned her second All-American award with a seventh place finish in the triple jump (43-feet, 0.25 inches). That event was won by Florida State's Kimberly Williams with an outstanding leap of 45-3.75.
Senior Ryan Grinnell cleared 53-3 in the men's triple jump to place fourth with a seasonal best. Christian Taylor of Florida soared 55-8.50 to take the title. Grinnell also was favored to place in the high jump yesterday. He passed on a height of 6-10.25, an unfortunate choice as it turned out, because he missed on all three attempts at 7-0.25 and did not record a score. Simon Wardhaugh was fifth in the weight throw (71-5) to mark his second consecutive year in the top five. Arizona State's Jason Lewis finished first with a throw of 75-feet, .75 inches.
Superstar Kafourou's one-woman heroics scored 12 points for Boise State for 19th in the nation. Tennessee won the women's title with 42 points, edging out Texas A & M, who finished with 37.
Grinnell and Wardhaugh teamed up for nine points to tie Providence for 27th. Top-ranked Oregon dominated the field with 54 points while Florida finished second with 36. Florida State was third with 32, followed by LSU with 29 and Arizona State, Baylor and Nebraska finishing in a tie for fifth with 25 points each.
With a national individual title, four All-American performances and two Top-30 national team rankings, Coach Maynard and the Broncos turn their attention outdoors with the realistic goal of capturing two more Western Athletic Conference titles.