Broncos Welcome Top Competitors, Teams to Bronco Invitational
► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team plays host to the Bronco Invitational on Sat., Jan. 22 at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho. The Broncos welcome nine collegiate teams and two track clubs, as well as, 2008 Olympian and former University of Oregon standout Galen Rupp to the meet.

► Meet Specifics - The third meet of the Boise State track and field teams' season is set to begin at 9:00 am (MT) with the women's high jump and men's pole vault. Action on the track begins at 10:30 a.m. with the men's 60-meter hurdle prelims. The meet is slated to wrap up at 3:40 p.m. with the women's 4x400-meter relay.

► The Competition -
The Boise State men, who are ranked No. 100 in the nation, host NCAA Division I Idaho State (No. 54), Sacramento State (No. 69), North Dakota and Utah Valley, while also hosting Division II Northwest Nazarene, NAIA competitor Westminster (Utah), as well as, Treasure Valley Community College. The No. 128-ranked Bronco women host No. 39 (Division I ranked) Sacramento State and No. 55 (Division II ranked) Northwest Nazarene. They also host unranked Idaho State, Nevada North Dakota, Utah Valley, Treasure Valley CC and Westminster (Utah) on the women's side. The Bowerman Track Club and Pocatello Track Club will also have participants at the meet.

► 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 third of six regular-season indoor home meets this upcoming weekend. Remaining meets for the indoor season include 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).

► Into the Swing -
With two official meets under their belts (Jacksons Open on Dec. 3-4 and Blue and Orange Opener Jan. 15), the Broncos are in full swing in their 2011 indoor season. Last week the team welcomed a handful of the distance squad back to competition after taking the first meet of the season off to recover from the cross country season. With the addition of more distance races this week, a handful of additional Bronco distance runners will join the competition. The same goes for the sprints, jumps and throws with the team adding more competitors each week in their respective events as they improve throughout the season.

► Who to Watch -
After a successful Blue and Orange Opener meet, a collection of Broncos will be key competitors to watch at the Bronco Invitational. Trevor Kraychir was just named WAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Week after his career-best throw in the weight throw last week to win the event. Also earning wins last weekend were Mele Vaisima (weight throw), Racquel Jones (60m, long jump), Eetu Viitala (long jump), Kimberly Miller (triple jump), Danielle Valentine (pole vault), Brian Pierre (Mile), Justin Malnes (60m hurdles), Karrie Butler (400m), Austin Edwards (800m), and the men's 4x400-meter relay.

Also competing well was Manoah Wesson who finished as runner-up in the 200 and 400-meter races, as well as being a member of the relay team. Alexi Morton was runner up in the high jump, while Kurt Felix did the same in long jump. Also placing as runner-ups last week were Chase Sexton (shot put), Alex Nelson (weight throw), Emma Bates (Mile), Mackenzie Flannigan (60m) and Ethan Slight (800m).

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