Broncos Host Mountain West Championships

► WHAT'S HAPPENING - The Boise State track and field teams host their first Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championship this weekend, Feb. 21-23. The meet will be held in Nampa, Idaho, at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

► MEET SPECIFICS - The 2013 Mountain West Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held, Thursday, February 21 through Saturday, February 23, at the Jacksons Indoor Track. Boise State plays meet host for the first time since entering the conference.  

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

► MEET SCHEDULE (Daily Start Times) -

Thursday, February 21
Pentathlon: 11:00 a.m. (60-meter hurdles)
Heptathlon: 11:45 a.m. (60-meters)

Friday, February 22
Heptathlon: 11:00 a.m. (60-meter hurdles)

Field Events: 1:00 p.m. (women's high jump)
Running Events: 3:30 p.m. (women's Mile - qualifying round)

Saturday, February 23
Field Events: 11:00 a.m. (men's high jump and women's shot put)
Running Events: 12:30 p.m. (women's Mile finals)

All times Mountain

► DIRECTIONS TO THE IDAHO CENTER - The Idaho Center sits on the north side of East Franklin Road, between Idaho Center Blvd. and Star Road, approximately one-half mile north of Interstate 84. If coming from I-84, take Exit 38 and go north approximately one-half mile to the light (E. Franklin Rd.). Go right at the light and continue approximately another one-half mile and turn left onto Equine Drive. Continue another one-quarter mile and the building will be on the right.

► TICKETS & PARKING - Ticket prices are as follows:
Thursday, February 21 - All Sessions Free of Charge
Friday, February 22 - $8 (covers all ages, all sessions)
Saturday, February 23 - $8 (covers all ages, all sessions)

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Parking is free of charge.

► LIVE MEET RESULTS - Live meet results can be found on TheMWC.com and at: http://www.themwc.com/champ/itrack-champ-2013.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-2013.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?divno=35

► TEAM COMPARISONS - Wyoming and Air Force look to lead the race for the men's team title, while San Diego State stands out as a favorite for the women's title. The Air Force men won the 2012 indoor and outdoor team titles, while TCU's women (who are no longer a part of the conference) won both indoors and outdoors. San Diego placed second to the Horned Frogs in both meets.

Boise State's men earned a second-place finish at the indoor meet, falling to Air Force by 2.5-points, while the women placed fifth. During the outdoor season the two teams mirrored their finishes, placing second and fifth, respectively.

Heading into this week's meet these teams hold national rankings: MEN - Wyoming (#52), Air Force (#54), New Mexico (#61) and Colorado State (#129); WOMEN - San Diego State (#24), Fresno State (#49), New Mexico (#62), UNLV (#77), Boise State (#103), Nevada (#110), Colorado State (#119) and Wyoming (#123).

► NATIONAL RANKS - Boise State's women hold a No. 103 national team ranking according to USTFCCCA.org. Emma Bates leads the women with two top-50 national rankings. She sits at No. 19 in the 3000-meters and No. 50 in the Mile. For the men, Chase Sexton holds a No. 39 spot in the shot put, while Rolando Trammel sits at No. 41 in the 60-meter hurdles.  

► LEADERS OF THE PACK
- Two Broncos and two relays hold top spots in the Mountain West rankings heading into the weekend. Daveon Collins leads the conference in the 60-meters and 200-meters, while Jordin Andrade leads in the 400-meters. The pair join Manoah Wesson and Karrie Butler for the fastest 4x400-meter relay team, while Jeff Howard, Tyler June, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald and Kyle Brush combine for the fastest distance medley relay (DMR) in the conference.  

In addition, the Broncos rank in the top-three conference spots in 13 events. Wesson ranks No. 2 in the 200-meters and No. 3 in the 400-meters, while Butler ranks No. 2 in the 400-meters. Chase Sexton and Will Lohman rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the shot put, while Rolando Trammel ranks No. 2 in the 60-meter hurdles. Barak Watson and Roderick Townsend round out the top-three men, sitting at No. 3 in the 3000-meters and high jump, respectively. For the women, Emma Bates ranks No. 2 in the Mile and 3000-meters, as well as No. 3 in the 800-meters. Marisa VanderMalle ranks No. 3 in the 3000-meters, while Mackenzie Flannigan ranks No. 2 in the 200-meters. In field events Lauran Johnson holds the No. 2 spot in the high jump, while Heather Pilcher ranks No. 3 in the long jump. The Bronco women also rank No. 2 in the 4x400-meter and distance medley relays.

► HONOR ROLL -
 Jordin Andrade and Emma Bates have collected the only MW Athlete of the Week honors by Broncos for the 2012-13 indoor track and field season. The pair earned the honors on Dec. 11, 2012.

► WINNING STREAKS - Four Broncos have remained undefeated (in two or more meets) in their respective events this season. Chase Sexton has totaled a team-leading five wins in the shot put to remain undefeated, while Will Lohman has earned four weight throw titles. Emma Bates and Cyntrail Pierce have earned two wins apiece in the Mile and 400-meters, respectively.


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