BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State University track and field teams open the 2007 outdoor season this Saturday (March 24) at the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational. 

            Competing at Hornet Stadium, the site of the 2004 United State Olympic Trails and three NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships (2003, 2005 and 2006), head coach Mike Maynard will be taking full men’s and women’s teams to this season opening event.

            Leading the men’s team, which captured the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championship last month, are Ty Axtman, Kyle Christoffersen, Simon Wardhaugh and Scott Viafore

Axtman is a four-time WAC Champion, picking up his fourth individual title last month when he won the mile run.  The senior from Elma, Wash., was also the outstanding male performer at last year’s league outdoor championships when he won the 1,500 and 10,000-meter runs.  Axtman will compete in the 1,500-meter run in Sacramento.

Christoffersen, a sophomore from Caldwell, Idaho, will compete in the 400-meter dash, along with running legs of the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.  As a freshman in 2006, Christoffersen won the 400-meter dash at the WAC Indoor Championships.

A sophomore from Australia, Wardhaugh recently placed second place in the 35-pound weight throw at the WAC Indoor Championships.  During his first outdoor season last year, he posted the second best hammer throw in school history at 216-4. 

During his first year of intercollegiate competition in 2006, Viafore qualified for the NCAA National Outdoor Championships in the javelin.  His top throw during the season was 217-4 which garnered him a fifth place finish at regionals and a spot at the national championships.  The freshman from Duxbury, Mass., placed 16th in his preliminary heat and did not advance to the finals at the national meet.

Becky Guyette, Meagan Olivetti and Eleni Ypsilanti head up the women’s team in Sacramento this Saturday.

Guyette won her first WAC title last month when she placed first in the 5,000-meter run with a school record time of 17:19.35.  The senior from Marsing, Idaho will compete in the 1,500-meter run this weekend.

Olivetti, a sophomore from Reno, Nev., also set a school record at the WAC Indoor Championships when she placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.16.  She has a busy schedule in the first outdoor meet of the season competing in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, the 100-meter hurdles and both relays.

A senior from Greece, Ypsilanti posted the second best indoor mark in school history for the 20-pound weight throw at 64-6.50.  Last year she qualified for the NCAA West Regional in the hammer with a school record toss of 195-2.  She will be competing in the hammer this weekend.

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