Broncos Set to Host NCAA Track & Field Championships

                BOISE, Idaho - Track and field's top intercollegiate student-athletes will be in the Treasure Valley the next three days as Boise State University plays host to the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field National Championships.  The two-day (March 9-10) meet will be held at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho.

                 The 308 teams (210 women and 93 men) and 526 competitors (242 women and 284 men) will spend Thursday (March 8) working out at Boise State's indoor track and field facility which is located next to the Idaho Center.

                Competition begins at 10:00 am on Friday with the 60-meters of the men's heptathlon.  Prelims and finals of the women's weight throw start at 2:00 pm, with the main portion of Friday's schedule starting at 5:00 pm with the preliminary heat of the men's mile run.  The final event on Friday is the finals of the women's distance medley relay at 9:25 p.m.

                The men's heptathlon starts things off again on Saturday with the 60-meter hurdles at 10:30 am.  The women's pentathlon starts at 11:00 am with the 60-meter hurdles.  Saturday's field events start at 3:00 pm with the finals of the men's high jump.  The main portion of Saturday's schedule starts at 6:15 pm with finals of the men's mile.  The final event of the meet will be the women's 4x400-meter relay at 8:40 pm.

                Two Bronco student-athletes have qualified for this year's indoor championships, and both will compete on Friday (March 9).  Kurt Felix is in the men's heptathlon, and Mele Vaisima will compete in the women's weight throw. 

                Felix, who has won five conference titles in the heptathlon and is competing in his third NCAA meet, qualified 10th with a school record 5,771 points.  Vaisima is the seventh seed in the weight throw with a school record mark of 69 feet, 8.25 inches.

                Along with the 500 plus student-athletes participating in the meet, over 100 officials and an estimated 300 coaches will also be in attendance.

                Boise State has a long history of hosting NCAA championship events. 

This weekend's indoor meet marks the fourth time the Broncos have hosted a NCAA National Championship event.  Twice (1994 and 1999) Boise State hosted the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, and in 2000 Boise State hosted the NCAA Division I Women's Gymnastics National Championship.

Eight times (1983, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009) Boise State has hosted first and second round games of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. 

Boise State has also hosted NCAA regional championship events in women's basketball in 2002, women's gymnastics in 1994 and 1998, and men's tennis in 2000 and 2006. 

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