Who Is The Bronco Female Athlete Of The Year?

In the third installment of BroncoCountry's annual "Bronco Of The Year" awards, we present five outstanding nominees for the Bronco Female Athlete of the Year honor.

Eleni Kafourou, Kayleen McDowell, Megan Olivetti, Hannah Redmon and Pichittra Thongdach and  have brought numerous achievements and memories to Bronco fans over the past year.  Now, the five vie for your vote for 2008-09 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year.

BroncoCountry members vote each spring in the Bronco of the Year awards which feature four categories:  Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year and Team of the Year.

PhotobucketKafourou began the year with two victories at the Jackson's Open, taking the long jump with a leap of 20' 0.50" and flying through the triple jump to a destination of 40' 0.75".  Kafourou improved upon both of those marks in winning the long jump (20' 3.75") and the triple ( 42' 2.25") at the Blue and Orange Classic.  Eleni recorded two more victories at the Bronco Invite (20' 3") and ( 43' 5"), breaking her own school record of 43' in the triple and then captured the triple at the Boise State Team Invite (42' 5.50"). 

Kafourou was named WAC Female Field Athlete of the Year at the Indoor Championships as she won the long jump (19' 10.75") just missed breaking the WAC record in winning the triple  (43' 7") and finished second in the 60-meter dash (7.63) in the only 60-meters she had run competitively this season. 

Kafourou recorded the first women's national championship in school history by soaring  (21' 5.25" in the long jump and finished seventh  in the triple (43' 0.25") at the NCAA Indoor Championships.  She redshirted for the Broncos in the outdoor season.

PhotobucketOlivetti helped the 4 x 400-meter relay team win the Jackson's Open, the Blue and Orange Classic, the United Heritage Invite and the Bronco Team Invite.  She also took the 60-meter hurdle title (8.79) and finished fifth in the long jump (17' 5.50") at the Blue and Orange Classic .  Olivetti broke the 24-year old school record of 8.67 set by Karla Jacoby and Tosha Bailey in the 60-meter hurdles at the Bronco Invite (8.60), then bettered that by winning  the United Heritage (8.58) and then she also captured the 60 hurdles at the Boise State Team Invite (8.71).   Olivetti also won the pentathlon (3,386 points) at the Bronco Invite in the first multi-event of her career and repeated the feat by scoring 3,549 points at the Boise State Team invite.  

Olivetti finished fourth in the WAC in the 60-meter hurdles (8.52) , third in the pentathlon (3,600 points) and helped the 4 x 400-meter relay team finish second in helping Boise State to a third  place finish at the WAC Indoor Championships.  Olivetti also redshirted this spring.

PhotobucketSenior McDowell won the 800-meters at the BYU Robinson Invitational in a season-best time of 2:09.71 and qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships.  She also won the 800 at the Blue and Orange Classic (2:13.88).

McDowell won the 800 at both the WAC Indoor Championships (2:12.07) and the WAC Outdoor Championships (2:10.47), marking three consecutive conference 800 titles.  McDowell also ran the anchor leg for the Bronco 4 x 400-meter relay team that finished second at the WAC Indoor Championships (3:47.16).

Redmon recorded a career high on vault (9.950) against Southern Utah, the fourth best score in school history, as the Bronco team broke a school record.  It was Redmon's ninth career title on vault, ranking Redmon fifth all-time in vault wins.  She also tied a career high in winning the floor exercise with a 9.925 score and won on bars also with a 9.850.  PhotobucketRedmon was named the WAC Specialist of the Week for her accomplishments.

Redmon helped the Broncos to their second consecutive league title in Sacramento and their seventh best team score in school history.  Boise State posted its fifth best floor score of all-time.  Redmon was one of the key reasons with a 9.875 on floor, which tied for second in the WAC.  Redmon was named to the All-WAC team for the second consecutive year on floor and was also All-WAC for uneven bars. She held the lead until the final rotation but still finished tied with teammate Mallory Dziawura for second place with a career high 9.875.  Redmon also tied for fifth on vault with a 9.850, earning second team All-WAC

Redmon and the Broncos recorded their highest-ever finish at the NCAA Regionals finishing third.  Redmon finished sixth in the region on floor (9.875) and tied for sixth on bars (9.850) .

PhotobucketThongdach compiled a 32-9 mark in singles play for the WAC tennis runners-up, including a 3-4 mark vs. nationally-ranked players.  Thongdach 33-6 in doubles play, including a 23-5 record with teammate Lauren Megale at #1 doubles.

Pichittra was the #80 singles player in the country.  She teamed with Megale to win their first-round match of the WAC Tournament 8-0 and was leading her singles match 6-4 when the Broncos won the doubles point.  She shocked #16 Melanie Glorida of Fresno State 6,1, 7-5 in the WAC finals.  Thongdach was named to the All-WAC team in both singles and doubles.

Thongdach and the Broncos shocked #24 Alabama in the opening round of the NCAA National Tennis Tournament before losing to Georgia. It was the first-ever NCAA Tournament win for the program.

Which of these five deserving ladies gets your vote for the 2008-09 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year?  Go to the Blue Turf Board on BroncoCountry to vote!


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