Broncos Set to Host Blue and Orange Opener

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team gets back into the swing on Sat., Jan. 15 when they host the Blue and Orange Opener at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. The Broncos will play host to a tough Arizona team whose women ranks No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Division I National Team Computer Rankings and men rank No. 28.

► Meet Specifics - The Broncos host their second meet of the season and first of the 2011 year on Jan. 15. The meet is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. with the women's high jump, women's weight throw and men's pole vault. Running events will kick-off with the men's 60-meter hurdle prelims at 11:30 a.m., while the final event of the day, the women's 4x400-meter relay is scheduled for a 3:15 p.m. start.

► The Competition - Boise State hosts top-30 ranked Arizona, the Academy of Art University from San Francisco and Bronco Track Club at the Blue and Orange Opener. Boise State's men's team enters the week with a No. 100 USTFCCCA computer ranking while the women enter the season at No. 128. Arizona boasts a No. 14 women's team, as well as a No. 28 men's team, proving to bring tough competition and exciting performances to the Blue and Orange Opener. Also joining in the competition will be NCAA Division II participant, Academy of Arts University from San Francisco and the Bronco Track Club.

► Meet Information and Directions to Jacksons Track - Full meet information and time schedules can be found at the Meet Information link while directions to the facility are available at the same location.

► Broncos' Indoor Schedule - Boise State is hosting its second of six regular-season indoor home meets this upcoming weekend. The Broncos begin 2011 with the Blue and Orange Opener on Jan. 15, while also hosting the Bronco Invitational (Jan. 22) and Jacksons Invitational/New Balance West (Jan. 28-29) in the first month of the year. In February, the team hosts two regular-season meets, the Bronco Open (Feb. 5) and the Boise State Team Challenge (Feb. 11-12), before hosting the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships (Feb. 24-26) for the final time.

► Distance Returns - The Broncos will compete as a full team at the Blue and Orange Opener, welcoming the Boise State distance runners into the competition. The harriers took time off from the Jacksons Open in December to recuperate from the 2010 cross country season. They now join the rest of the track and field team in full force for the 2011 indoor and outdoor track and field schedules.

► Who to Watch - A handful of athletes had solid first-meet performances at the Jacksons Open in December, making them ideal athletes to watch at the 2011 opener. In the sprints, Jeff Daw and Manoah Wesson had excellent early season times in the 400-meter dash while Mackenzie Flannigan won the 400-meter dash on the women's side, helping her snag a WAC Track Athlete of the Week honor for Dec. 6. Kurt Felix earned a win in the men's heptathlon, proving to be a solid competitor in numerous events this season. Eetu Viitala picked up a win in the long jump, while Chase Sexton did the same in the shot put. In the weight throw, the Broncos dominated on both the men's and women's sides with Trevor Kraychir and Mele Vaisima earning titles. Daniel Thompson won the men's pole vault, while BreAnna Craig mirrored the win on the women's side. Not only will there be a handful of individuals to watch for, but also keep an eye on the men's and women's 4x400-meter relay teams which look to be very successful this season.

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