Broncos Host WAC Indoor Championships

NAMPA, Idaho Boise State University will host the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Feb. 23-24, at the Jacksons Indoor Track Facility at the Idaho Sports Center.

Action begins Friday at 10:00 a.m., and at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday. A complete schedule of events can be found by clicking here.

“This meet is truly a team championship,” said head coach Mike Maynard. “It is about the team and for the team, and we will have a lot of individuals stepping up to make this team better, perhaps at the expense of their individual performances.”

The Bronco men will be looking for their third title in four seasons, while the Bronco women will be looking to post their first conference indoor title since their 1995 Big Sky Championship.

Tickets All-session tickets will be sold at the following prices: $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for senior citizens and youth and $10.00 for students. Single session tickets will be sold at the following prices: $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for senior citizens and $6.00 for students and youth. For additional ticket information, call (208) 426-4737.

Who to Watch “This meet is going to be so close on both the men’s and the women’s sides that every single point is going to count,” Maynard said. “You always hear this as general coach speak, but in the case of this meet it is absolutely true.”

There are a number of Bronco athletes Maynard highlighted heading into the conference championships:

Men

Two Bronco men have already recorded NCAA provisional marks, Zacharias Arnos in the triple jump (51-0.00/15.54m) and Simon Wardhaugh in the 35-pound weight throw (64-8.00/19.71m)...the marks stand as the 20th- and 25th-best in the country, respectively...Kyle Christoffersen currently has the second-best WAC time in the 400m (48.54) and is motivated to defend the title he earned last season in the event as a freshman...in the mile, Ty Axtman (4:15.57) and Cody Eaton (4:16.75) are ranked first and second, respectively, in the conference...in the 800m, Caleb Cazier (1:53.82) and Matt Schmasow (1:54.79) will be competing for the championship...David Walden heads into the conference meet ranked second in the high jump (2.06m)...Heigo Nurmsalu and Logan Meyer, both freshman, are the three and four seeds in the pole vault with identical marks of 4.75m.

Women

Theodora Xylaki, Eleni Kafourou and Eleni Ypsilanti have each already posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks...Xylaki’s high jump of 5-10.00 (1.78m) ranks first in the WAC...Kafourou’s long jump (20-2.25/6.15m) and triple jump (42-8.75/13.02m) rank first and second in the conference, respectively...Ypsilanti’s 20-pound weight throw of 64-6.50 (19.67m) ranks first in the WAC headed into the conference meet...in the 200m, Megan Olivetti ranks second in the conference with a time of 24.58...Becky Guyette will be competing for the title in the 3,000m, leading the WAC with a time of 9:49.66, and in the 5,000m...Breanna Sande will be vying for a championship in the mile (4:58.18) and the 3,000m (10:03.04)...Kayleen McDowell ranks second in the conference in the 800m (2:13.76)...the Broncos’ distance medley relay team should also be competing for a championship.

“It is great to have so many individuals with opportunities so win conference championships,” Maynard said. “I have never seen a perfect meet, but if we get it going and click, we have an opportunity to win as a team on both sides and have a number of individual champions. That would really make for a spectacular weekend.”

--broncosports.com--


» «