Boise State's Zacharias Arnos earned a trip to the NCAA National Championships with a fifth-place finish in the men's triple jump yesterday in Austin, Texas. The Bronco men finished tied with UCLA and TCU for 16th place.
Triple jumper Zacharias Arnos
joined senior Pontus Thomee today as qualifiers for the NCAA National Track
Championships next month in
student-athletes saw action in the Western
Championships today in
soared 53-feet, 1.5 inches to place fifth in the triple jump and he was just
five inches out of third. Tyron
Stewart of Texas A & M set the pace with a stunning mark of 54-5.50.
's men finished the three-day meet tied with UCLA and
TCU for 16th in the entire western
and the top finisher from the Western Athletic
fifth-place finish today and Thomee's #1 javelin throw on Thursday, the
Broncos totaled 14 team points. Texas
A & M ran away with the best performance with 91 points.
was second with 64 while
Bronco men did better than Arkansas, Minnesota, Washington State, Arizona,
Missouri, California, Iowa State, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa to name
Coach J.W. Hardy's former team, scored 11, in a three-way tie for 20th
Sophomore Sawyer Bosch, part of a promising young
distance crew for
, came close to qualifying in the 3000-meter
steeplechase. Bosch finished with a
time of 8:57.19, 2 ½ seconds away from going to the National Championships.
He placed 15th in the west while only the top 12 go to
nationals in each event.
is encouraging for Bosch is that he was the top sophomore finisher in the west,
meaning if he can keep improving, he could win the event by the time he is a
senior. Further, Bosch was the top
finisher from the Western Athletic Conference.
He defeated both
runners who finished ahead of him at the WAC
Championships earlier this month. Steve
Strickland won the WAC title with a time of 9:08.13 while teammate Daniel Howell
finished third (9:13.35).
afternoon, Howell was 19th, more than two seconds behind Bosch
(8:59.76) and Strickland finished in 9:03.83, 23rd in the west.
Richard Nelson of BYU beat all qualifiers with an excellent time of
senior Eleni Kafourou finished 14th in the women's triple jump
(42-1.50) and 21st in the long jump, reaching a distance of 19-feet,
junior Chantel Malone was #1 in the long jump of 21-6.25 while TCU senior Neidra
Covington won the triple (43-4.50) Kafourou's long jump was over 21 inches
less than her national indoor championship jump a year ago.
She would have finished second with her personal best of 21-5.50.
100-meter hurdlers from
were amongst the top 48 in the west but none could
make the top 12. Freshman Marjani
Maldonado was 29th (13.84), senior Megan Olivetti was 34th
(13.99) and freshman Monisha Davis finished 39th (14.14).
Tamika Robinson of
set the pace with a time of 13.06. Maldonado
was the second-fastest freshman to TCU's Larissa Matthews (13.41) who was one
of 12 qualifiers. It should be an
interesting battle between those two as well as
's Davis in a couple of years.
Felix's top high jump of 6-9 put him 21st, well short of
's Clint Silcock, the WAC Champion and the #1 seed,
qualified for nationals with a jump of 7-1.
hammer throwers Alex Nelson (194-10) and Trevor Kraychir (188-11) were 21st
and 26th, respectively.
Rolando Trammel, who qualified for yesterday's semifinals, finished last of 24
entries in the men's 400-meter hurdles (56.32).