Broncos Prepped and Ready for Mountain West Meet

► WHAT'S HAPPENING - The Boise State track and field team will head to Colorado Springs, Colo., this week to participate in the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 9-12. The meet, hosted by Air Force Academy for only the second time, will be held on campus at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.

► MEET SPECIFICS - The 2012 Mountain West Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held, Wednesday, May 9 through Saturday, May 12, at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex on the campus of Air Force Academy.

The Mountain West men's team title will be battled for by: 2012 indoor champion Air Force, as well as Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, TCU and Wyoming. Those same schools will have women's teams vying for the team title, while adding San Diego State and UNLV into the mix.

► MEET SCHEDULE (Daily Start Times, Mountain Time) -

Wednesday, May 9 (Weather: 71-degrees, partly sunny)
Heptathlon: 12:00 p.m. (100-meter hurdles)
Decathlon: 12:30 p.m. (100-meters)

Thursday, May 10 (75-degrees, sunny and cloudy mix)

Decathlon: 12:00 p.m. (110-meter hurdles)
Heptathlon: 12:30 p.m. (long jump)

Friday, May 11 (57-degrees, cool, thunderstorm possible)
Field Events: 10:00 a.m. (women's hammer throw)
Running Events: 1:00 p.m. (women's steeplechase)

Saturday, May 12 (63-degree, cloudy, thunderstorm possible)
Field Events: 10:30 a.m. (women's shot put)
Running Events: 12:30 p.m. (women's 4x100-meter relay)

All times local to Air Force Academy, Colo. (Mountain Time)

► TICKETS - Ticket information can be found through the Air Force Ticket office: 1-800-666-8723 or (719) 472-1895.  

► LIVE MEET RESULTS - Live meet results can be found on TheMWC.com and at: http://www.rtspt.com/events/mwc/2012_outdoor/

► LIVE STREAMING - Live streaming can be found on the Mountain West's Championship Central page under schedule of events: http://www.themwc.com/champ/otrack-champ-2012.html  

► MOUNTAINT WEST CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL - To follow results, photos, video and more from the Mountain West Championships, go to: http://www.themwc.com/champ/otrack-champ-2012.html

► USTFCCCA CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL - To follow all the conference championships results from across the nation, go to: http://www.ustfccca.org/infozone/conference-championship-central.php

► TEAM COMPARISONS - The Broncos enter their first MW Outdoor Track and Field Championship, giving them no comparison to past MW Outdoor Championships. At the 2012 MW Indoor Track and Field Championships, Boise State's men were edged out by Air Force for the team title by 2.5-points. The Bronco women placed fifth at the indoor championships, while TCU claimed the women's title. During the 2011 cross country season the Bronco women placed third, while the men placed fourth at the Mountain West Championships.

Heading into this week's meet these teams hold national rankings: MEN - New Mexico (#39), TCU (#52), Boise State (#53), Air Force (#62), Colorado State (#116), Wyoming (#144); WOMEN - TCU (#29), San Diego State (#30), UNLV (#52), New Mexico (#59), Air Force (#101), Boise State (#108), Colorado State (#111) and Wyoming (#180).  

USTFCCCA RANKINGS - The Bronco men moved down 10 spots this week in the USTFCCCA Team rankings, to No. 53. Kurt Felix continues to rank in three events, sitting at fifth in the decathlon, 13th in the long jump and 25th in the javelin. Allan Schroeder holds a No. 28 spot in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Sawyer Bosch sits just behind at No. 33. Chase Sexton ranks No. 38 in the discus, while Rolando Trammel ranks No. 47 in the 400-meter hurdles.

The women moved up one spot this week, now sitting at No. 108 as a team. Mele Vaisima ranks 15 th in the country in the hammer throw, while Alyssa Osai sits at No. 36 in the event. The pair is this week's only ranked Bronco women on the USTFCCCA rankings.

TFRRS RANKINGS - In the TFRRS rankings, Boise State has 14 student-athletes in the top-100 of their respective events. Kurt Felix leads the way, ranking fourth in the decathlon, 13th in the long jump and 25th in the javelin. Three Broncos rank in two events, including Chase Sexton who sits at No. 38 in the discus and 92nd in the shot put, while Will Lohman ranks 88th in the shot put and 91st in the hammer throw. Rolando Trammel holds two rankings, sitting 47th in the 400-meter hurdles and 85th in the 110-meter hurdles. Allan Schroeder and Sawyer Bosch both rank in the 3000-meter steeplechase, sitting at 28th and 33rd, respectively. Eetu Viitala ranks 70th in the long jump and Scott Foley ranks 97th in the 10000-meters to round out the Bronco men ranked in the top-100.

For the women, Mele Vaisima holds the top ranking, sitting at 15 th in the hammer throw. Alyssa Osai joins her in the event, ranking 36th. Emma Bates sits at 61st in the 10000-meters, while Sasa Kampic sits at 92nd in the javelin. Alexi Morton rounds out the women, sitting at 95th in the heptathlon.

► LEADERS OF THE (MW) PACK - The Broncos have a handful of team members who hold top-three rankings in the Mountain West in their respective events. Kurt Felix leads the conference in the decathlon and javelin while also ranking second in the long jump. Manoah Wesson also holds a conference leading mark in the 400-meters, while Allan Schroeder does the same in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Sawyer Bosch joins Schroeder sitting in second in the steeplechase. Wesson also joins up on the 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay, ranking third in both relays. Rolando Trammel, who is also a part of both of those relays, ranks second in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. Drew O'donoghue-McDonald rounds out the ranked Broncos on the track, sitting in third for the 1500-meters. Will Lohman leads the throwers; ranking second in the shot put and third in the hammer throw, while Chase Sexton ranks third in the shot put.

On the women's side, Mele Vaisima and Alexi Morton hold the only No. 2 rankings. Vaisima ranks second in the hammer and Morton in the heptathlon. Alyssa Osai joins Vaisima in the hammer sitting in third. Sasa Kampic holds a No. 3 spot in the javelin, while Taryn Campos ranks third in the 200-meters, as does the women's 4x100-meter relay.

► HONOR ROLL
- Three Broncos have earned 2012 MW Outdoor Athlete of the Week honors thus far this season. Eetu Viitala was the first to snag the award on April 17, while Kurt Felix and Mele Vaisima joined him on April 25 with their honors.  

► CHASING HISTORY - After the completion of the 2012 outdoor regular season, Boise State enters the conference meet with 10 new top-three marks in the school's outdoor track and field history. Kurt Felix shattered the school record in the decathlon earlier this season, now holding the new record (7972-points), while Drew O'donoghue-McDonald set a new school record in the 1500-meters (3:42.92 altitude adjusted). Felix also holds the third-best non-wind aided mark in the long jump (25-4.75), while Eetu Viitala holds the second-best all-time mark (wind-aided or not) in the long jump (25-8 wind-aided).

The Bronco women's 4x100-meter relay, including Destiny Gammage, Taryn Campos, Cyntrail Pierce and Racquel Jones, made their mark in the record books twice this season, earning the second-best all-time mark (45.84 wind-aided) and tying the third-best mark of 45.88. Gammage also raced her way to tie the second-best 100-meter mark in school history (11.81 wind-aided). Most recently, Shea Hanson raced her way to the No. 2 all-time mark in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:43.45), while Emma Bates earned the No. 3 all-time 10000-meter mark in 34:38.95. Mele Vaisima rounds out the Bronco women who have impacted the record books during the 2012 regular season, becoming the second Bronco woman to throw over 200-feet in the hammer throw and holding the No. 2 spot in the event (201-6).


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