Track & Field

Day One of Boise State Team Challenge Ends On High Note

NAMPA, Idaho - The Boise State Team Challenge concluded on a high note Friday (Feb. 8) evening with a world record mark set in the heptathlon high jump, as well as one Boise State win at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho.

The world record was set by senior Jeremy Taiwo of the University of Washington when he cleared 7-4.50 (2.55m) to win the heptathlon high jump. The jump marked a new Jacksons Indoor Track heptathlon high jump facility record as well. His previous best in the high jump was 6-11.50 (2.12m) done on Jan. 12, 2013. Taiwo won all four events in day one of the heptathlon with marks of 7.02-seconds in the 60-meters, 24-4.25 (7.42m) in the long jump and 46-6.25 (14.18m) in the shot put in addition to his high jump win. The Renton, Wash., native collected 3,570-points to lead the seven-event competition heading into day two on Saturday.

Boise State's Matt Post collected a win for the Broncos on Friday evening, throwing 58-6.50 (17.48m) in the men's weight throw. The Broncos' Kady Stafford competed in the women's weight throw, placing fourth with a mark of 48-10.75 (14.90m).

Joining Taiwo in the men's heptathlon were Broncos Roderick Townsend and Adam Ruggiero. Townsend sits in third after day one with 2,871-points, while Ruggiero has totaled 2,566-points to sit in fifth.

Townsend placed fifth in the 60-meters (7.36), fourth in the long jump (21-2/6.45m), third in the shot put (38-3.50/11.67m) and second in the high jump (6-8.25/2.04m). Ruggiero earned a fourth-place finish in the 60-meters (7.29), sixth in the long jump (20-8.50/6.31m), ninth in the shot put (28-0.25/8.54m) and fourth in the high jump (6-3.50/1.92m).

Broncos David Elliott and Aaron Back were the only other Broncos to earn marks on Friday evening, competing at the Husky Classic as part of the Broncos' split squad. The pair raced in the men's 5000-meters placing 20th and 35th, respectively. Elliott clocked a personal best time of 14:20.67 for the third-fastest time in school history, while Back ran a best of 14:26.95, good for sixth-best in Boise State history.

Additional Broncos compete this weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., while day two of the Boise State Team Challenge will be contested on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

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