Broncos Head to Mountain West Championships

► WHAT'S HAPPENING - The Boise State track and field teams head to their first ever Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championship this weekend, Feb. 23-25, in Albuquerque, N.M. The meet will be held at the indoor track at the Albuquerque Convention Center and it will be the first indoor championship the Broncos have not hosted since 2003.

► MEET SPECIFICS - The 2012 Mountain West Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held, Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25, at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The University of New Mexico will play host to the event.

The Mountain West men's team title will be battled for by: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, TCU and Wyoming. Those same schools will have women's teams vying for the team title, while adding San Diego State and UNLV into the mix.

► MEET SCHEDULE (Daily Start Times) -

Thursday, February 23
Heptathlon: 11:00 a.m. (60-meters)
Pentathlon: 11:10 a.m. (60-meter hurdles)

Friday, February 24
Heptathlon: 11:00 a.m. (60-meter hurdles)

Field Events: 1:00 p.m. (men's weight throw and women's long jump)
Running Events: 1:30 p.m. (women's 5000-meters)

Saturday, February 25
Field Events: 9:45 a.m. (women's shot put and men's triple jump)
Running Events: 10:45 a.m. (women's 60-meter hurdles)

All times local to Albuquerque, N.M.

► TICKETS - Ticket information can be found through the New Mexico Ticket office: 1-800-955-4695 or (505) 925-5626.  

► LIVE MEET RESULTS - Live meet results can be found on TheMWC.com and at: http://www.rtspt.com/events/mwc/2012-Indoor/  

► LIVE STREAMING - Live streaming can be found on the Mountain West's Championship Central page under schedule of events: http://www.themwc.com/champ/itrack-champ-2012.html  

► MOUNTAINT WEST CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL - To follow results, photos, video and more from the Mountain West Championships, go to: http://www.themwc.com/champ/itrack-champ-2012.html

► USTFCCCA CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL - To follow all the conference championships results from across the nation, go to: http://www.ustfccca.org/infozone/conference-championship-central.php

► TEAM COMPARISONS - Since this is the first year the Broncos are a part of the Mountain West, there are no former championships to base this year's on. During the cross country season the women placed third and the men placed fourth at the Mountain West Championships.

Heading into this week's meet these teams hold national rankings: MEN - Air Force (#31), New Mexico (#48), Boise State (#64), TCU (#79), Wyoming (#124) and Colorado State (#137); WOMEN - San Diego State (#28), TCU (#41), UNLV (#54), New Mexico (#109), Wyoming (#113) and Boise State (#121).

► RANKINGS WATCH - The 2012 USTFCCCA Division I National Team Computer Rankings released this week's rankings on Tuesday (Feb. 21), keeping Arkansas as the top men's team and Oregon as the top women's team.

Boise State's men sit at the No. 64 spot in the USTFCCCA weekly rankings with two Broncos ranking in three events. The women move to the No. 121 spot in the national team rankings this week. In the USTFCCCA rankings, Kurt Felix is ranked No. 11 in the heptathlon and No. 13 in the long jump, while Trevor Kraychir is ranked No. 20 in the weight throw. For the women Mele Vaisima ranks No. 25 in the weight throw this week.

In the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFFRS) rankings five Broncos sit in the nation's top-50 in their respective events. Felix ranks No. 8 in the heptathlon, No. 13 in the long jump and No. 36 in the high jump. Kraychir ranks No. 20 in the men's weight throw, while Vaisima and Alyssa Osai rank No. 25 and No. 39, respectively, in the women's weight throw.

The TFFRS rankings are based only on 2012 results, whereas the USTFCCCA rankings take into account the final 2011 rankings of some athletes.

► LEADERS OF THE PACK - Four Broncos lead the Mountain West in six events heading into the championship this weekend. Kurt Felix leads the team with three conference leading marks, in the heptathlon, long jump and high jump. Manoah Wesson leads the conference in the 400-meters, while Trevor Kraychir leads in the weight throw and Alexi Morton leads in the pentathlon.

In addition, the Broncos rank in the top-three conference spots in eight events. Wesson ranks No. 2 in the men's 200-meters, while Mackenzie Flannigan holds the No. 3 spot in the women's 200-meters. Rolando Trammel ranks second in the 60-meter hurdles, while Sawyer Bosch (3000-meters), Will Lohman (shot put) and the men's 4x400-meter relay all hold No. 2 spots.  Michael Walrath ranks No. 3 in the 800-meters, while Chase Sexton (shot put) and Mele Vaisima (weight throw) also hold No. 3 rankings.

► HONOR ROLL
- Bronco seniors Mele Vaisima and Kurt Felix have each earned two Mountain West honors so far this season. Vaisima was named the Mountain West Women's Athlete of the Week on December. 13, 2011, and February 7, 2012, while Felix was named the Mountain West Men's Athlete of the Week February 7 and February 14.

► WINNING STREAKS - Mele Vaisima leads the team with six wins in as many meets in the weight throw, remaining undefeated throughout her entire senior regular-season schedule. Manoah Wesson joins the undefeated group, running the 400-meters twice this season, winning both times.


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