Boise State Heads to Robison Invite for Final Regular Season Away Meet

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team has another busy weekend ahead with most of the team headed to Provo, Utah for the Robison Invitational hosted by Brigham Young University. A handful of distance athletes will head to Nampa, Idaho to participate in the Northwest Nazarene University Invitational. Both meets are slated for April 23 and 24.

► Robison Invitational - The major meet of the weekend for the Broncos is the Robison Invitational held at the Clarence Robison Track on the campus of Brigham Young University. The meet is actually a four-day meet with multi-event competitions being held on April 21-22; however, no Broncos will participate in this part of the meet. The individual events begin on April 23 and go through April 24, beginning with Friday's (April 23) throwing events at 11 a.m. The women's javelin will kick off the individual events, while the women's 100-meter hurdles will start the running events for Friday at 1 p.m. The final event of Friday is the men's 5000-meter run, scheduled for a 3:50 p.m. start. On Saturday the meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer. Track events begin at 1 p.m. with the women's 4x100-meter relay, while the men's 4x400-meter relay will wrap up the meet at 4:25 p.m.

Meet information and results can be found at: http://www.byutrack.com/various/Special/Meet_Info/2009-10/Robison/Robi-10.htm

► NNU Invitational - The meet is set for April 23-24 at the NNU Track Facility on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University. A schedule has not yet been posted, but will be posted at the link below when available.  

Meet information and results can be found at: http://www.nnusports.com/sports/2007/12/6/MTRK_1206075430.aspx?path=mtrack

► Broncos in the Rankings - The Boise State men's team jumped 29 spots in this week's rankings to the No. 57 spot out of 188 teams in national team rankings (according to the USA Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association). Zacharias Arnos holds the No. 8 spot in the national rankings in triple jump and is ranked No. 24 in the long jump. Kurt Felix ranks No. 28 in the decathlon, while Trevor Kraychir holds the No. 33 spot in the hammer throw. Pontus Thomee holds a No. 10 spot in the javelin rankings based on his pre-season rank.

The Bronco women dropped three spots in this week's rankings, sitting at No. 43 this week as a team. Based off of their pre-season rankings, Eleni Kafourou ranks No. 5 in the long jump and No. 9 in the triple jump, while Sasa Kampic holds the No. 19 spot in the javelin.

In the regional rankings, the men hold the No. 8 spot out of 18 teams in the USATFCCCA Mountain Region. Listed are the Bronco men ranked in the top-10 of their respective events (and rank) in the region: Kurt Felix (#1 decathlon, #5 high jump, #8 javelin), Zacharias Arnos (#1 triple jump, #2 long jump), Pontus Thomee (#4 javelin), Trevor Kraychir (#4 hammer), 4x100 (#5 Eric Capelle, Rolando Trammel, Marlon Douglas, Per Strandquist), Alex Nelson (#5 hammer), Chase Sexton (#8 shot put), Eetu Viitala (#8 long jump) and Sawyer Bosch (#8 steeplechase).

In the women's regional rankings, Boise State ranks No. 10 out of the 20 teams in the Mountain Region. Listed are the women who hold top-10 spots in their respective events in the region: Eleni Kafourou (#4 long jump), Sasa Kampic (#5 javelin), 4x100 (#5 Destiny Gammage, Megan Olivetti, Taryn Campos, Racquel Jones), Megan Olivetti (#7 100m Hurdles), Racquel Jones (#8 long jump), Monisha Davis (#9 100m Hurdles), Marjarni Maldonado (#9 100m Hurdles), Joi Glass (#9 400m Hurdles), 4x400 (#9 Campos, M. Olivetti, P. Olivetti, Glass), BreAnna Craig (#9 pole vault), Heidi Dorling (#10 pole vault) and Emily Funkhouser (#10 400m Hurdles).

► Who's Competing - As mentioned, the majority of the Bronco track and field team will be headed to the Robison Invitational in Provo, Utah for the weekend. Competitors for the Bronco men include: Jeff Howard (1 Mile), Eric Capelle (100m, 200m. 4x100), Marlon Douglas (100m, 4x100), Per Strandquist (100m, 4x100), Rolando Trammel (110m Hurdles, 200m, 4x100), Paul Robertson (400m), Nick Tatro (800m, 4x400), Logan Frederickson (800m, 4x400), Quinten Hennekam (800m), Dusty Klein (800m, 4x400), Michael Walrath (800m, 4x400), Kurt Felix (Discus, High Jump, Pole Vault), Chase Sexton (Discus, Shot Put), Pontus Thomee (Discus), Trevor Kraychir (Hammer), Alex Nelson (Hammer), Eetu Viitala (Long Jump, Javelin) and Nathan Balcirak (Pole Vault).

For the Broncos women, competitors include: Destiny Gammage (100m, 4x100), Racquel Jones (100m, 200m, Long Jump, 4x100), Andrea Wilson (100m, 200m), Monisha Davis (100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles), Marjani Maldonado (100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles), Megan Olivetti (100m Hurdles, 200m, 4x100), Tajanee Simmons (100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles), Emily Funkhouser (400m Hurdles), Taryn Campos (200m, 400m), Paige Olivetti (200m, 400m, 4x100), Piper Delany (1500m), Paige Orcutt (800m, 1500m), Brittnee Sanchez (1500m), Alyssa Osai (Discus, Hammer, Shot Put), Mele Vaisima (Discus, Hammer, Shot Put), Nadine Russell (Hammer, Shot Put), Brooke Demers (High Jump), Eleni Kafourou (High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump), Annelise Bertleson (Pole Vault), BreAnna Craig (Pole Vault), Heidi Dorling (Pole Vault) and Whitney Adams (Pole Vault).

Only nine Broncos will compete at the NNU Invitational, including Bronco men Scott Foley (1500m, 5000m) and Kevin Rosaaen (5000m). On the women's side, seven Broncos will compete, including Audie Balue (800m), Jamie Knapp (800m), Breanne Whitlock (800m, 1500m), Piper Delaney (800m, 1500m), Kacie Bitzenburg (1500m), Melody Braden (1500m) and Chelsea Herren (1500m).


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