BOISE STATE TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS HOST FINAL HOME MEET OF 2007 SEASON / FORMER BRONCO GREAT JARRED ROME TO COMPETE IN DISCUS

            BOISE, Idaho The final home track and field meet of the 2007 season for Boise State University will be held tomorrow (Friday, April 27) at Ed Jacoby Track and Bronco Stadium.  Field events begin at 1:00 p.m. with the men’s hammer, while running events start at 4:00 p.m. with the women’s 4x100-meter relay.

            One of the features of the meet will be held prior to the start of the women’s 4x400-meter relay at 6:25 p.m. when the eight senior Broncos are recognized.  The list for the men’s team includes Ty Axtman, Forest Braden, Sterling Small and Erik Whitsitt.  The four senior members of the women’s team include Gari Gunstream, Becky Guyette, Amber Tavares-Campos and Eleni Ypsilanti.

            Six of the eight seniors will be competing at Boise State on Friday.  Braden and Guyette will sit out of Friday’s competition to rest up for 10,000-meter races on Sunday (April 29) at Stanford University.

            Another highlight of the meet will be the return of former Bronco great, and 2004 Olympian and United States Discus Champion Jarred Rome.  A six-time NCAA All-American for Boise State, Rome will compete in the discus which starts at 6:30 p.m.  Rome is currently ranked number one in the United States with a throw of 224-3 (68.37m).  His mark is also the second best in the world this season.

            Axtman and Braden are completing outstanding four-year careers at Boise State with the two distance runners combing for eight individual Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championships. 

            Axtman won the mile run at the 2006 and 2007 WAC indoor championships, and the 1,500 and 10,000-meter runs at last year’s outdoor championships.  He was also named the 2006 WAC Outdoor Championship Outstanding Performer. 

            Braden is one of the most honored track and field student-athletes in school history.  Along with winning the 2004 indoor mile run, the 2004 outdoor 10,000-meter run and the indoor 5,000-meter runs in 2005 and 2006, Braden is a two-time NCAA All-American in cross country and 3,000-meters.  He is also a former WAC Championship Outstanding Performer earning the award at the 2004 indoor meet.

            Whitsitt currently has the top shot put in the WAC this season at 60-1.00 (18.31m), while Small has a NCAA regional qualifying time of 52.47 in the 400-meter hurdles this season.

            Guyette earned his first individual league title at this year’s indoor meet when she placed first in the 5,000-meter run.  She currently has the league’s best times this season in the 5,000-meter (16:54.52) and 10,000-meter (34:44.98) runs.

            Ypsilanti has competed the past two years for Boise State and currently has the number two WAC mark in the hammer this year at 190-6 (58.07m). 

            Gunstream and Tavares-Campos are both bringing their four-year career to a close at Boise State.  Both participate in the throwing events with Gunstream competing in the hammer and javelin, and Tavares-Campos in the discus and shot put.


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