BOISE, Idaho – With the weather forecast near 80 degrees and the skies partly cloudy for Saturday (April 7), the Boise State University men and women’s track and field teams will host Idaho State University in a dual scoring meet at Ed Jacoby Track and Bronco Stadium.

            This will be the first of two homes meets for the Broncos this season.  The other is scheduled for April 27 (Friday) as Boise State hosts the Bronco Twilight.  This Saturday’s meet will start at 11:00 a.m. with the women’s hammer.  The first running event on Saturday is at 2:30 p.m. with the women’s 4x100-meter relay.

            Scoring for the individual events will five points for first, three for second and one for third.  In the relays, the scoring will be five points for first and zero points for second.  Each school may enter a maximum of four athletes per event.

            The Broncos teams are off to an outstanding start to the 2007 season with six different student-athletes posting marks to rank in the top 25 nationally, and eight marks ranked No.1 in the Western Athletic Conference.

            Two of those top 25 marks come in the men’s hammer.  Jarrod Stevens is ranked fourth with a throw of 217-3 (66.23m).  His mark also leads the WAC and is the second best throw in school history.  Stevens was named this week’s WAC Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week. 

            The other nationally ranked hammer mark comes from Simon Wardhaugh.  The sophomore from Australia has the ninth best collegiate throw this season at 213-1 (64.95m), and the second best throw behind Stevens in the WAC.

            Erik Whitsitt leads the WAC and is ranked sixth nationally in the shot put with a season best effort of 60-1.00 (18.31m).  Scott Viafore leads the WAC in the men’s javelin and is ranked 20th nationally with a throw of 216-9 (66.07m), while the men’s 4x400-meter relay team leads the WAC with a time of 3:13.47.

            Annika Hjelm has the top national mark for the Bronco women with a throw of 197-5 (60.18m) in the hammer.  Her mark leads the WAC and is the 11th best collegiate throw this season.

            Senior Becky Guyette has the other top 25 national mark for the Broncos with a time of 34:44.98 in the 10,000-meter run to rank 23rd.  Her mark is also the second fastest time in Bronco history and leads the WAC.  Guyette also leads the league in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:29.87.

            Breanna Sande is the final Bronco to post a league leading time so far this season with a mark of 17:19.13 in the 5,000-meter run.

            The track and field teams are back on the road next week at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., on April 14 (Saturday).


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