Arnos Joins Thomee and Felix In Nationals

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 Eugene , Oregon .  Several Boise State student-athletes saw action in the Western Championships today in Austin , Texas .  

Arnos 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.  

Boise State 's men finished the three-day meet tied with UCLA and TCU for 16th in the entire western United States and the top finisher from the Western Athletic Conference.  With Arnos ' 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.  Arizona State was second with 64 while Oregon had 59.   

The Bronco men did better than Arkansas, Minnesota, Washington State, Arizona, Missouri, California, Iowa State, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa to name a few.  Northern Arizona , Coach J.W. Hardy's former team, scored 11, in a three-way tie for 20th place with Colorado and New Mexico .  

Sophomore Sawyer Bosch, part of a promising young distance crew for Boise State , 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.   

What 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 Utah State 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).   

Yesterday 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 8:45.76.   

Bronco 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, 8-inches.  Texas 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.       

Three 100-meter hurdlers from Boise State 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 Illinois 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 Boise State 's Davis in a couple of years.  

Kurt Felix's top high jump of 6-9 put him 21st, well short of qualifying.  Utah State 's Clint Silcock, the WAC Champion and the #1 seed, qualified for nationals with a jump of 7-1.  

Bronco hammer throwers Alex Nelson (194-10) and Trevor Kraychir (188-11) were 21st and 26th, respectively.  

Freshman Rolando Trammel, who qualified for yesterday's semifinals, finished last of 24 entries in the men's 400-meter hurdles (56.32).

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