Broncos Head to 31st Annual Sun Angel Track Classic

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team will head to Tempe, Ariz., for their third meet of the outdoor season. The Broncos will participate in the 31st Annual Sun Angel Track Classic on April 9-10 at the Sun Angel Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.

► Meet Specifics - The meet will consist of high school, collegiate and premiere sections with the collegiate sections beginning on Friday, April 9 at 12 p.m. with the hammer. On Saturday, April 10, events begin at 9 a.m. with the discus throw while track events begin at 1 p.m. with the 100-meter hurdles. The final collegiate event is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. with the premiere sections on the track beginning at 6:15 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.

A full schedule can be found at: www.thesundevils.com

► Teams Represented - The Sun Angel Track Classic will have representatives competing from 35 different teams. Some schools will have only one competitor while others will field an entire team. The teams involved in the Sun Angel Track Classic are as follows: The Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, Bradley, BYU, Central Arizona, Central Michigan, Colorado State, CS Northridge, DePaul, Georgetown, Hawaii (W), Houston, Illinois (W), Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mesa CC, Michigan State, Minnesota, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Portland State (W), Rutgers (M), Syracuse, Texas Southern (M), UC Davis, UC Riverside, UNLV (W) and West Virginia (W).

► Top-25 Teams Present -
Six top-25 men's teams will be competing in the Sun Angel Classic. Here's how they ranked in the men's USTFCCCA April 6 rankings: #7 Auburn, #10 Arizona State, #13 Oklahoma, #20 BYU, #21 Minnesota, #22 Kansas State. Five top-25 women's teams will be represented as well including #6 Penn State, #9 Oklahoma, #12 BYU, #14 Auburn, #17 Arizona.

► National Rankings - The USATFCCCA released its first regular season team rankings on April 6, placing the Bronco women at No. 41 in the nation (out of 194 teams) and the Bronco men at No. 82 (out of 193 teams). The Bronco women have three nationally ranked athletes according to their preseason rankings. Eleni Kafourou currently holds the No. 4 spot in the long jump and No. 9 in the triple jump while Sasa Kampic is ranked No. 18 in the javelin. On the men's side three athletes hold spots in the national rankings, also according to preseason numbers. Pontus Thomee holds the highest ranking at No. 8 in the javelin while Zacharias Arnos sits at No. 30 in the triple jump and Trevor Kraychir is ranked No. 42 in the hammer throw.

► Mountain Region Rankings - The USATFCCCA also released the regional rankings on April 6, placing the Bronco women at No. 5 (out of 20 teams) and the men at No. 7 (out of 19 teams). Regional rankings are based on current season results only and do not include the preseason rankings (the national rankings include preseason marks).

Holding the highest regional mark for the Bronco women is Kampic, who sits at No. 3 in the javelin. Also sitting in the top-10 in regional rankings, Megan Olivetti (100m hurdles) and the 4x100-meter relay (Gammage, Olivetti, Campos, Jones) hold No. 4 rankings while Marjani Maldonado ranks No. 5 (100m hurdles) as well. Holding No. 6 rankings in the region include: Joi Glass (400m hurdles) and the 4x400-meter relay team (Campos, Olivetti, Glass, Olivetti) while Emily Funkhouser (400m hurdles) and Monisha Davis (100m hurdles) are ranked No. 8 in the respective events. Ranking No. 9 in the region is Racquel Jones (100m, long jump), Heidi Dorling (pole vault) and Mele Vaisima (discus throw) while Destiny Gammage (100m) and Maldonado (400m hurdles) rank No. 10 in their events to round out the Broncos who hold top-10 regional rankings.

On the men's side the Broncos hold 13 marks in the top-10 regional rankings. Zacharias Arnos leads the team with the No. 2 spot in the triple jump and long jump while Kurt Felix holds a No. 3 spot in the high jump. Trevor Kraychir ranks No. 4 (hammer throw) while Alex Nelson (hammer throw), Eetu Viitala (long jump) and the 4x100-meter relay team (Capelle, Daw, Douglas, Trammel) are ranked fifth in the region in their respective events. Michael Walrath (800m) and Chase Sexton (shot put) each hold a No. 7 spot in the rankings while Eric Capelle (100m), Dusty Klein (800m), Kurt Felix (long jump) and the men's 4x400-meter relay team (Robertson, Douglas, Capelle, Daw) round out the Broncos in the top-10 rankings each holding a No. 8 spot.

► Last Time Out - The Boise State track and field team hosted their first home meet of the 2010 outdoor season on April 2-3. The All-Idaho Collegiate was contested in tough weather conditions including wind, cold, rain, snow and small hail. The Broncos competed against Idaho State, Northwest Nazarene and the College of Idaho and finished with both the men and women earning 10 individual event titles apiece.


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