Broncos Head to Southern California for a Busy Weekend of Competition

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team will head to Southern California to participate in three separate meets over the weekend of April 15-17. A handful of Broncos will compete at each of the three meets held in Azusa, Calif., Long Beach, Calif., and Walnut, Calif.  

► Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational - The first meet of the weekend will be held April 15 and 16 at Azusa Pacific University's Cougar Athletic Stadium in Azusa, Calif. The invitational will begin on Thurs., April 15 with the men's and women's hammer throw schedule for a 10 a.m. (PT) start. The meet continues on Fri., April 16 with the men's steeplechase set to kick-off the running events at 9 a.m. (PT). The field events begin with the women's long jump and women's pole vault at 9:30 a.m. while the women's 5000-meter run is slated as the final event of the meet at 5:45 p.m. The meet consists of college/university competitors as well as individual/club competitors.

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► Mt. SAC Relays - The 52nd Annual Mt. SAC Relays will be holding the collegiate/elite sections of their meet April 15-17 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. The meet, which is dubbed the meet "where the world's best athletes compete", will begin its college division of competition with the women's steeplechase on Thurs., April 15 at 5 p.m. (PT). On Fri., April 16, the meet is slated to begin with the women's 1500-meter run, men's discus, men's hammer and men's pole vault at 11 a.m. (PT) while Sat., April 17 is set to begin with the elite competitions at 11 a.m. (PT) with the men's long jump. The final event of the meet is scheduled for 5:55 p.m. (PT) with the men's elite 4x400-meter relay.

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► Beach Invitational -
The Beach Invitational is slated for April 16-17 in Long Beach, Calif., on the campus of Long Beach State University. The Beach Invites is scheduled to begin on April 16 at 3:30 p.m. (PT) with the women's hammer throw. Saturday's (April 17) events will begin with a handful of field events at 9 a.m. (PT) and will conclude with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 7:10 p.m. (PT).

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► Who's Competing - Beginning with the Bryan Clay Invitational, the following Broncos will compete (events listed in parentheses): Daniel Thompson (pole vault), Paige Orcutt (400-meters, 800-meters), Jamie Knapp (800-meters), Ann Noyes (triple jump), Mele Vaisima (shot put), Alyssa Osai (hammer throw) and Nadine Russell (hammer throw).

The Broncos have a big group of athletes competing at the Mt. SAC Relays, including 16 men: Eric Capelle (100-meters, 200-meters, 4x100-relay), Per Strandquist (100-meters, 200-meters, 4x100-relay), Marlon Douglas (100-meters, 200-meters, 4x100-relay, 4x400-relay), Jeff Daw (200-meters, 400-meters, 4x400-relay), Paul Robertson (400-meters, 4x400-relay), Quinten Hennekam (1500-meters), Rolando Trammel (400-hurdles, 4x100-relay, long jump), Sawyer Bosch (steeplechase), Michael Walrath (4x400-relay), Daniel Thompson (pole vault), Eetu Viitala (long jump), Zacharias Arnos (long jump, triple jump), Chase Sexton (shot put, discus), Trevor Kraychir (hammer), Alex Nelson (hammer) and Pontus Thomee (javelin).

Competing at the Mt. SAC Relays for Boise State are 15 women, including: Paige Olivetti (200-meters, 400-meters), Taryn Campos (200-meters), Carly Gerard (5000-meters), Megan Olivetti (100-hurdles), Monisha Davis (100-hurdles, 400-hurdles), Tajanee Simmons (100-hurdles, 400-hurdles), Joi Glass (400-hurdles), Emily Funkhouser (400-hurdles), Marjani Maldonado (400-hurdles), BreAnna Craig (pole vault), Heidi Dorling (pole vault), Annelise Bertleson (pole vault), Eleni Kafourou (long jump, triple jump), Racquel Jones (long jump) and Mele Vaisima (shot put, discus, hammer).

Closing out the weekend at the Beach Invitational, 16 women and 11 men will compete for Boise State. The women include: Annelise Bertleson (pole vault), Heidi Dorling (pole vault), BreAnna Craig (pole vault), Melody Braden (steeplechase), Shea Hanson (steeplechase), Taryn Campos (100-meters, 200-meters), Racquel Jones (100-meters, 200-meters, long jump), Jamie Knapp (800-meters), Marjani Maldonado (100-hurdles), Ann Noyes (triple jump), Paige Olivetti (400-meters), Paige Orcutt (800-meters), Alyssa Osai (shot put, discus, hammer), Nadine Russell (shot put, hammer), Tajanee Simmons (100-hurdles) and Mele Vaisima (shot put, hammer, discus).

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