Broncos Head to the Islands for WAC Championships

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team heads to Honolulu, Hawai'i, for the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 10-13. The Boise State men's team has a chance for a triple-crown of sorts after winning the 2010 WAC Cross Country Championships, the 2011 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships and looking to be the favorite to win the 2011 WAC Outdoor Championships. The Bronco women are looking to improve on their third-place finish at the outdoor championships in 2010.

► Meet Specifics - The meet will be hosted by the University of Hawai'i at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex.  

► Live Meet Results - Live meet results can be found at: http://www.wac.org/otf/2011/index.htm  

► Meet Schedule (Daily Start Times) -
Tuesday, May 10
Heptathlon: 1:00 p.m. (100-meter hurdles)
Decathlon: 1:30 p.m. (100-meters)

Wednesday, May 11
Decathlon: 1:00 p.m. (110-meter hurdles)
Heptathlon: 1:30 p.m. (long jump)

Thursday, May 12
Running Events: 4:00 p.m. (women's steeplechase)
Field Events: 2:00 p.m. (women's hammer throw)

Friday, May 13
Running Events: 5:00 p.m. (women's 4x100-meter relay)
Field Events: 1:30 p.m. (men's hammer throw)

All times local to Honolulu

► Tickets - Tuesday and Wednesday's (May 10-11) events will be free of charge, with the meet only requiring tickets for Thursday and Friday (May 12-13).

Thursday and Friday prices:
Single Day Passes:

Single Day Adult -- $7
Single Day Students (inc. UH) and Seniors -- $4

All Session Passes:
All event pass Adult -- $12
All event pass Students (inc. UH) and Seniors -- $6 

► Team Comparisons - As a team, the Boise State men will look for a season sweep, after tying for the indoor title in February with Utah State. Although they finished second at the 2010 outdoor championships, the Broncos look to be the favorite heading into the 2011 outdoor championships after winning indoors and entering the outdoor championships with the top team ranking out of any WAC men's team. Boise State's men sit at No. 96 in the nation, while Louisiana Tech sits at No. 101. Utah State ranks No. 112 in the nation with Idaho (#148) and Fresno State (#184) rounding out the WAC men's nationally ranked teams. The Boise State men's team has won two WAC Outdoor titles in 2006 and 2008, while also winning a Big Sky Conference outdoor title in 1989. Boise State's first WAC title in 2006 came in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

For the women, Boise State looks to improve on their fourth-place indoor finish, as well as their third-place finish from the 2010 outdoor championships. The Broncos do not hold a national ranking, however six other women's teams in the WAC do. Louisiana Tech, who is looking for their seventh-straight outdoor crown, ranks No. 62 in the nation. Nevada sits close behind at No. 72, while Idaho and Hawai'i rank No. 112 and No. 119, respectively. Fresno State ranks No. 149 and Utah State sits at No. 159 to round out the ranked WAC teams. The last time Boise State won an outdoor women's track and field title was in 1995 in the Big Sky Conference. They also won titles in the BSC from 1984-1986, 1988 and 1994.

► Bronco Win Streaks - Four Broncos and two relays hold win streaks entering the 2011 WAC Outdoor Championships. Racquel Jones holds two streaks, winning three-straight titles in the 100-meters and two-straight in the long jump. She is also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that has won three-straight meets.

On the men's side, Eetu Viitala holds the most impressive resume with three-straight wins in the long jump. Not only does he hold that streak, but he has also won 10 of the 11 meets he has competed in throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2011. Seven of those meets were indoors and all wins. Four of the meets were outdoors, with his outdoor opener finishing with a third-place finish and then adding three wins since then. Chase Sexton has won two-straight titles in the discus, while Rolando Trammel has won two-straight titles in the 110-meter hurdles. Trammel is also a member of the men's 4x400-meter relay team that has won two-straight meets.

► Who's Ranked for the Broncos -
A handful of Broncos sit amongst the national Track and Field Results Reporting System's (TFRRS) top-100 in their respective events.

For the men, Rolando Trammel ranks No. 92 in the 400-meter hurdles and No. 97 in the 110-meter hurdles, the only Bronco with two rankings. Alex Nelson holds the top ranking for his team, sitting at No. 18 in the hammer. Sawyer Bosch sits at No. 19 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Eetu Viitala also holds a top-25 mark, sitting at No. 25 in the long jump. Trevor Kraychir also ranks in the hammer sitting at No. 34, while Chase Sexton sits at No. 45 in the discus. Pontus Thomee and Alex Cartwright rank No. 38 and No. 70, respectively, in the javelin. For the Bronco women, Alexi Morton is the only ranked team member, sitting at No. 70 in the heptathlon.

► Leader of the Pack - The Broncos hold the top spot on the WAC performance list in five events. On the track Sawyer Bosch leads the WAC in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Rolando Trammel leads in the 400-meter hurdles. In the field Eetu Viitala leads in the long jump, while Alex Nelson leads in the hammer and Pontus Thomee in the javelin.

In addition, a handful of Broncos sit amongst the top-three spots in the conference rankings in their respective events. Holding No. 2 spots on the men's side include: Trammel (110-meter hurdles & long jump), Chase Sexton (discus), Trevor Kraychir (hammer), Alex Cartwright (javelin) and the 4x400-meter relay team. Holding No. 3 spots for the Bronco men include: Justin Malnes (110-meter hurdles), Karrie Butler (400-meters), Brian Pierre (5000-meters), Anthony Belcher (400-meter hurdles), Brad Bogdan (10000-meters) and Josh Butler (triple jump).

For the women, only four rank among the top-three in the conference in their respective events. Kate Jette sits at No. 2 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Racquel Jones holds the No. 3 spot in the 100-meters, representing the Broncos on the track. In the field, Heidi Dorling and Danielle Valentine sit at N. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the pole vault.

► A Look Back at 2010 -
Boise State returns only one champion, Pontus Thomee (javelin) from the 2010 WAC Outdoor Championship meet. The Broncos do, however, return seven All-WAC First Team honoree and 14 second team honorees (men & women) for the 2011 outdoor championships. For the men, Thomee led the first team honorees with his javelin title. Also joining him was Alex Nelson (hammer), Kevin Higgs (steeplechase), Eetu Viitala (long jump), Chase Sexton (shot put and discus) and for the women, BreAnna Craig (pole vault). Second team women's honorees from the 2010 outdoor season include: Emily Funkhouser (400-meter hurdles), Shea Hanson (steeplechase), Alyssa Osai (hammer), Sasa Kampic (javelin) and the 4x100-meter relay (which returns Racquel Jones and Destiny Gammage). Second team honorees for the men included: Trevor Kraychir (hammer), Paul Robertson (400-meters), Rolando Trammel (110-meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump), Sawyer Bosch (steeplechase), Daniel Thompson (pole vault), Eetu Viitala (javelin) and the 4x400-meter relay (which is returning Trammel, Robertson and Dusty Klein).
 
► Former Champions - Only two Broncos enter the meet with WAC Outdoor Championship event titles under their belts. Pontus Thomee is the defending champion in the javelin, having won the crown in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He looks to make a sweep of the title for his career, leading the WAC into next week's meet. Sasa Kampic is the only other former outdoor champion the Broncos have on their roster, winning the 2009 javelin title.

Most recently, three Broncos and a relay team were crowned champs at the indoor championships. Trevor Kraychir earned a title in the weight throw, while Eetu Viitala claimed his title in the long jump. Alexi Morton was named WAC Freshman of the Year after winning the pentathlon and the men's 4x400-meter relay (Wesson, Trammel, Butler and Robertson) set a new school record in the relay en route to a win.

► Conference Championship Central - To follow results from each of the NCAA Division I conference championship meets, go to: http://www.ustfccca.org/division-i/ncaa-division-i-conference-championship-central-outdoor-track-field  


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