Track and Field Hosts Bronco Open Saturday

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team is back in action on Saturday (Feb. 5) when they host the Bronco Open at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. The meet will be a large one with the Broncos hosting 14 universities and colleges from the Pacific Northwest.

► Meet Specifics - The Bronco Open is an all-day event, beginning with the women's high jump at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain). The track events begin at 11:00 a.m. with the men's 60-meter hurdle prelims while the final event for the day, the women's 4x400-meter relay, is scheduled for 3:35 p.m.

► The Competition -
Boise State welcomes 14 colleges and universities to the Bronco Open, including: Cal State Stanislaus, Central Washington, College of Idaho, Concordia (Ore.), Eastern Washington, Evergreen State, Lewis and Clark, Northwest Nazarene, Puget Sound, Southern Utah, Treasure Valley Community College, Utah, Weber State and Wyoming.

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

► Broncos' Indoor Schedule -
Boise State is hosting its fifth of six regular-season indoor home meets this upcoming weekend. Remaining meets for the indoor season include regular season meet the Boise State Team Challenge (Feb. 11-12), as well as the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships (Feb. 24-26).

► Athletes of the Week -
Two Broncos earned WAC Athlete of the Week honors this week after excellent performances at the Jacksons Invitational. Kurt Felix was named the men's indoor field athlete of the week after breaking the Boise State and WAC records in the heptathlon. Mele Vaisima was voted the women's indoor field athlete of the week after winning her fourth straight title in the weight throw and improving by two feet in the shot put to place second.

► Undefeated - Four Broncos and one relay team remain undefeated in their respective events thus far in the season. Mele Vaisima has won each of the four weight throw competitions she has participated in this season, including a season-best mark last week (61-10.50). Eetu Viitala has won all three long jump competitions he has been in this season, producing a career-best mark of 25-4 two weeks ago. Jeff Daw now has three 400-meter titles under his belt, running his fastest time two weeks ago (48.01). Kurt Felix has two heptathlon wins in a row, producing a school record 5,669 points this past week. The men's 4x400-meter relay team has also gone undefeated this season, winning four-straight races.

► Who's Ranked -
A handful of Broncos have entered into the national Track and Field Results Reporting System's (TFRRS) top-100 in their respective events.

For the women, Mele Vaisima ranks No. 32 in the weight throw, while freshman Alexi Morton ranks No. 58 in the country in the pentathlon. BreAnna Craig holds a No. 71 ranking in the women's pole vault.

Kurt Felix holds the team's highest ranking, sitting at No. 6 in the nation in the heptathlon. Also ranking high for the men is Eetu Viitala ranks No. 10 in the nation in the long jump, while Felix joins him in the event at No. 28. Felix is also ranked No. 37 in the high jump. Trevor Kraychir ranks No. 13 in the nation in the weight throw, while Alex Nelson ranks No. 58 in the event. Chase Sexton also ranks in the throws, sitting at No. 75 in the shot put. Jeff Daw ranks No. 56 in the 400-meters, while Manoah Wesson is No. 68 and Rolando Trammel is ranked 100th. Wesson also ranks in the 200-meters, sitting at No. 74, while Trammel also ranks No. 78 in the 60-meter hurdles. Two combinations of men's 4x400-meter relay teams, all of which including Daw, Wesson and Trammel, hold No. 84 and No. 86 rankings.


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