Boise State Finishes 10th at West Regional

Boise State's men's track team collected two first place finishes, one second and a fourth to place 10th at the NCAA West Regional Track Championships in Eugene this weekend. The Broncos were far and away the top WAC team and and also finished California and Oregon State of the Pac-10. Three Broncos advanced to Nationals in four events.

The Boise State men's track team recorded the 10th best finish at the NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships this weekend in Eugene.  Coach Mike Maynard's Broncos scored 33 points to outpace Pac-10 foes California and Oregon State and finish in 10th place.  Boise State also avenged its loss at the Western Athletic Conference Championships two weeks ago by finishing far higher than any other WAC team--Utah State was next at #13.  The Bronco women did not fare as well as they did not score a point.

Superstar Ryan Grinnell led the way for the Bronco men, winning the triple jump with a leap that was just .22 meters off the West Regional record.  Grinnell soared 53-feet, 9.75 inches to win the event by two feet over Jonathan Clark of UCLA (51-8.50).  Arizona senior Luis Rivera-Morales placed third (51-1) while Aven Wright of USC was fourth (50-10).

Grinnell also placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 6'11.75", with USC junior Manjula Wijesekara winning the competition with an outstanding jump of 7-4.50.  Grinnell also placed 10th in the long jump (24-1.75).  He advances to the NCAA National Championships in two weeks in both the triple jump and the high jump.

Fellow senior Simon Wardhaugh also brought home the gold in his specialty--the hammer throw.  Wardhaugh heaved the ball 216 feet, 10 inches in topping UCLA senior Boldizsar Kocsor (213-5).  Two Bronco freshmen Trevor Kraychir and Alex Nelson were also entered but finished 25th and 26th  respectively with throws of 186'1".  The win represented a long climb up the ladder of the west's best hammer throwers.  Wardhaugh just missed winning the event at the 2006 Regionals, finishing second to teammate Mattias Jons, and was fourth both as a sophomore in 2007 and last year as a junior.  A Boise State hammer thrower winning the event is becoming a tradition. The Broncos have won the past five WAC championships in the event (Jons, 2005-06, Jarrod Stevens 2007 and Wardhaugh, 2008-09).  Jons not only won the West in '06 but also set the regional record of 68.58 meters that still stands.

In Friday's action, Pontus Thomee saved his best javelin throw for the moment, sending the spear 239-feet, 3-inches downfield to surprise the field and take second over favored throwers.  Oregon junior Cyrus Hostetler nudged Thomee by just one-tenth of a meter with a throw of 239-8, while senior Corey White of USC was third (237-7) and Oregon's Alex Wolff (233-5) took fourth.  Boise State's Eric Demers was 16th (199-1) and Scott Viafore was 21st (194-5).

Sasa Kampic was the youngest Bronco woman at the Regionals but did the best.  The freshman showed 'em how it's done in finishing 10th in the javelin (145'2"), just missing points.  Senior Kayleen McDowell finished last in the 800-meter preliminaries with a time of  2:25.69.  Bronco sophomore Mele Vaisima was 18th in the hammer with a throw of 132-10 while Anise Bertleson finished 21st in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet and Breanne Sande finished 24th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:06.34 25).



Men - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored ====================================================

 1) Southern California 90

2) Oregon 80.75

3) Washington State 66

4) Arizona State 62

5) Stanford 52

6) UCLA 41.75

7) Arizona 39

 8) Boise State 33

9) California 31

10) Washington 30

 11) Brigham Young 28

12) Cal State-Northridge 26.75

13) Utah State 21

14) Northern Arizona 14

15) Davis 13

16) Cal State-Fullerton 12

17) Idaho 11

18) Weber State 10

19) Sacramento State 8

20) Fresno State 6

21) Irvine 5.75

22) Long Beach State 4

 22) Santa Barbara 4

22) Southern Utah 4

25) Riverside 3

26) Portland 2

27) Idaho State 1

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