Broncos Set to Host 2010 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team will host their eighth-straight WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Jacksons Track in Nampa, Idaho, Feb. 25-27. The Boise State men are a favorite again this year, looking to defend their 2009 title in the four-team field. On the women's side, Louisiana Tech is favored to win their fifth championship in six seasons in the eight-team field. The meet begins on Thursday with the men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon with field event finals and running events taking place on Friday and Saturday.  

► Meet Specifics - The meet, held at the Jacksons Indoor Track, will consist of three days of competition, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday with the women's pentathlon. On Friday, the men's heptathlon will take place in the morning, beginning at 11:45 a.m., while the individual field events begin at 2:00 p.m. and running events at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Field event finals continue on Saturday, beginning with the women's high jump at 11:00 a.m., while running event finals are slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.

► Live Results - Live meet results can be found at: http://wac.org/itf/2010/index.htm?DB_OEM_ID=9900 or by going to www.wac.org or www.broncosports.com

► Meet Information and Directions to Jacksons Track - Full meet information and time schedules can be found at www.broncosports.com

► How the Bronco Men Fare - The 2010 Boise State men's team will look to defend their 2009 WAC Indoor Championship and are the favorite entering the weekend. The Broncos have 20 men ranked in the WAC's top-10 in their respective events. Rolando Trammel holds top-10 marks in four events, including the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and triple jump while Kurt Felix also is ranked in four events, including high jump, long jump, shot put and the conference leading mark in the heptathlon. Steven Piippo holds three top-10 marks in the WAC in high jump long jump and the heptathlon. Zacharias Arnos looks to be the favorite in the long jump and triple jump with his conference leading ranks and hopes to improve on his second-place finish last season in the triple jump. Eetu Viitala also looks to be a tough competitor in the long jump, returning as the 2009 runner-up and ranking third this season. Eric Capelle, who was the 2009 runner-up in the 60-meter dash, is ranked fifth in the event this season as well as ninth in the 200-meter dash. Marlon Douglas holds rankings in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash as well, while Jeff Daw joins in the 200-meter rankings and adds a No. 2 ranking in the 400-meter dash entering the weekend. Paul Robertson, Michael Walrath and Dusty Klein all hold top-10 spots in the 400-meter dash, while Klein is also ranked in the 800-meter run. Sawyer Bosch, a 2009 champion in the 3000-meters and runner up in the 5000-meters holds a No. 2 rank in the 3000-meters entering the weekend. Jeff Howard, Kevin Rosaaen and Scott Foley, who placed third in 2009, all rank in the WAC's top-10 in the 3000-meters this season. Also holding top-10 rankings for the men's team are Quinten Hennekam (Mile), Daniel Thompson (Pole Vault), Chase Sexton (Shot Put), Trevor Kraychir (Weight Throw), Alex Nelson (Weight Throw), 4x400-meter relay and the distance medley relay (DMR). under the track and field tab and then under the Meet Information link, while directions to the facility are available at the same location.

► How the Bronco Men Fare - The Bronco women's team hopes to improve on their third-place finish from 2009. The women have 10 athletes ranked in the WAC's top-10 charts entering this weekend's competition. Freshman Racquel Jones is the only Bronco ranked in two events, sitting at No. 3 in the long jump and No. 10 in the 60-meter dash. Holding the only conference-leading mark this season, Mele Vaisima hopes to improve from her runner-up finish in 2009 in the weight throw to this season's champion. Also ranking in the top-10 in the weight throw is Alyssa Osai, while BreAnna Craig and Heidi Dorling are both ranked in the women's pole vault. Ann Noyes rounds out the ranked field event competitors for Boise State, sitting at No. 8 in the triple jump. Also ranking in the WAC's top-10 for the women's team are Destiny Gammage (200-meters), Paige Orcutt (800-meters), Shea Hanson (Mile), Piper Delaney (3000-meters) and the 4x400-meter relay. Last season, the women's 4x400-meter relay team finished in second-place, while the DMR was third.

► Broncos In the Rankings - The USATFCCCA released their "Week 5" individual national rankings on Tuesday, Feb. 23, placing two Broncos in the national rankings in the men's triple jump, long jump and weight throw. Senior Zacharias Arnos holds the nation's 10th-best mark in the triple jump while also sitting at No. 31 in the long jump. Sophomore Trevor Kraychir holds strong in the rankings, sitting at No. 27 in the weight throw. As a team, the Boise State men dropped four spots from last week's team rankings to No. 80 out of the 150 teams included in this week's rankings. The Bronco women hold no national rankings at this time.

In the USTFCCCA's weekly regional rankings, the Boise State men hold the No. 7 spot in the Mountain Region while the women hold the No. 17 spot in this week's regional rankings.  


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