Broncos Host Big Opponents in Blue & Orange Opener

► WHAT'S HAPPENING - Boise State track and field begins the New Year with their second meet of the season hosting the Blue and Orange Opener on Saturday (Jan. 14) at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

This is the second of six regular-season home meets held at the venue this season, followed by the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships which are slated for March 9-10 at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

► BIG NAME COMPETITION - This week's meet will be a battle of the big dogs, with the Broncos hosting six collegiate teams and four club teams.

The most notable team to visit the Treasure Valley will be Oregon, whose women enter the season with the No. 1 preseason ranking and are the two-time reigning NCAA Indoor Track and Field team champions. The No. 17 Oregon men's team has also been successful earning the 2009 team title and finished as the 2010 runner-up.

BYU adds its No. 7 ranked women's team and No. 14 men's team to the mix, while UTEP, whose women rank No. 31, travels the furthest to compete for the Blue and Orange Opener. Nevada, Northwest Nazarene and Lewis-Clark will round out the regional competition.

► MEET SPECIFICS - The Blue and Orange Opener is a compact meet slated for a 9:30 a.m. start (women's high jump) and ending around 4:00 p.m. (men's 4x400-meter relay). Saturday's field events are scattered throughout the day, while the running events begin on the straightaway at 10:30 a.m. with the women's 5000-meters.

Full meet information, schedules and directions can be found on Broncosports.com under Track and Field and Meet Information.

► RANKINGS WATCH - The 2012 USTFCCCA Division I National Team Computer Rankings released the preseason poll on Tuesday (Jan. 10), naming Florida as the top men's team and Oregon leading the women's race.

Boise State's men sit at the No. 45 spot in the full preseason list with three Broncos ranking in four events. Kurt Felix sits at No. 8 in the heptathlon and No. 18 in the high jump preseason rankings. Eetu Viitala is at No. 12 in the long jump, while Trevor Kraychir sits at No. 13 in the weight throw.

The Bronco women hold a No. 106 spot in the preseason rankings, with Mele Vaisima sitting at No. 22 in the weight throw and Alexi Morton at No. 24 in the pentathlon.

► HONOR ROLL - With only one meet under their belts, Boise State has already earned one honor this season. Senior Mele Vaisima was named the Mountain West Athlete of the Week (Dec. 13, 2011) for her win and career-best toss in the weight throw at the Jacksons Open

► LAST TIME OUT - In their first meet of the season, the Broncos were able to rack up six titles at the Jacksons Open and Multi's, including Mele Vaisima's weight throw win, earning her a huge personal-best mark of 64'-7" and jumping to the No. 2 spot for all-time best mark at Boise State. Trevor Kraychir matched Vaisima with a weight throw win on the men's side.

Junior Manoah Wesson earned two wins in the meet, earning the 200-meter dash title (21.71) and joining Karrie Butler, Paul Robertson and Jeff Daw to win the 4x400-meter relay (3:20.17).

Senior Kurt Felix picked up the men's long jump title (23'-6.25"), while sophomore Justin Malnes snagged the men's 60-meter hurdles win in a personal-best time (8.10).

► INDOOR SLATE - Boise State is hosting its second of six regular-season indoor home meets on Saturday. The Broncos' schedule also includes the Bronco Invitational (Jan. 21), Jacksons Invitational (Jan. 27-28), Bronco Classic (Feb. 4) and Boise State Team Challenge (Feb. 10-11). The university and Jacksons Indoor Track also host the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet, March 9-10.


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