Broncos Geared Up for 2010 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team heads to Ruston, La., to participate in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday through Saturday, May 12-15. The Broncos' will be represented by Kurt Felix on Wednesday and Thursday in the multi-events (men's decathlon), while the remainder of the team will compete in the individual events and relays on Friday and Saturday. Utah State's men's team is favored to win their second-straight outdoor team title and sweep the 2010 indoor and outdoor titles, while the Louisiana Tech women's team looks to earn their sixth straight outdoor title.

► Meet Specifics - The championships will be hosted by Louisiana Tech at the Jim Mize Track and Field Complex in Ruston, La., May 12-15. Five men's teams and eight women's teams will compete for the 2010 championship titles. The championship gets underway on Wednesday with the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon. Field event finals along with running event preliminaries and finals begin on Friday.

► Live Results - Live meet results can be found at: http://wac.org/otf/2010/index.htm

► WAC Championship Central - More WAC Championship information can be found at: http://www.wacsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=10100&ATCLID=204943714, including directions, ticket prices and meet schedule.

► Conference Central - To follow what is going on around the nation at all NCAA Division I Conference meets, go to: http://www.ustfccca.org/ncaa-division-i-conference-championship-central-outdoor-track-field

► How the Bronco Men Fare - The Bronco men are looking to chase after Utah State, the favorite for winning the outdoor team title. The Broncos fell just short of Utah State during the indoor season, placing second and look to improve on their fifth-place finish from the 2009 outdoor season. The Bronco men were outdoor conference champions in 2008 and look to many of the team members who were a part of that team to chase another title. For the Bronco men, Pontus Thomee is the only returning outdoor conference champion on the roster after winning the javelin throw in 2009.

Nationally, the Boise State men rank No. 54 as a team, down two spots from last week's rankings. The Broncos, however, hold the second-best national ranking as a team in the WAC, sitting behind Utah State who is No. 29. Idaho ranks No. 83, Louisiana Tech sits at No. 117 and Fresno State at No. 124. Individually, Zacharias Arnos holds the highest spot, sitting at No. 3 in the nation in the triple jump and No. 18 in the long jump. Kurt Felix ranks No. 28 in the decathlon, No. 82 in the high jump and No. 92 in the javelin, while Pontus Thomee also ranks in the javelin, sitting at No. 21. Trevor Kraychir ranks No. 33 in the hammer with Alex Nelson holding the No. 52 spot in the same event. Sawyer Bosch rounds out the rankings, sitting at No. 51 in the steeplechase.

In the conference rankings four Broncos hold conference leading marks entering the championships. Jeff Howard leads the 5000-meter run rankings, Arnos leads the long jump and triple jump rankings, Thomee leads the javelin rankings and Felix leads the decathlon chart. Bosch (3000m steeplechase), Felix (high jump) and Eetu Viitala (long jump) each hold No. 2 spots in the conference rankings in their respective events. Rounding out the top-3 ranked athletes in each event, Paul Robertson (400m), Michael Walrath (800m), Daniel Thompson (pole vault), and Kraychir (hammer) each sit in the No. 3 spot in their respective events. Overall, the Bronco men hold 34 spots in the top-10 conference lists of the 21 outdoor events.

The Broncos will have 25 men participating in the 2010 outdoor championships, including: Zacharias Arnos (long jump, triple jump, 4x400 relay alternate), Sawyer Bosch (5000m, 3000m steeplechase), Eric Capelle (100m, 200m, long jump, 4x100 relay), Marlon Douglas (100m, 200m, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay alternate), Austin Edwards (800m), Kurt Felix (decathlon, high jump, long jump, triple jump, javelin), Scott Foley (5000m, 10000m), Logan Fredrickson (1500m), Quinten Hennekam (1500m), Kevin Higgs (5000m, 3000m steeplechase), Jeff Howard (5000m, 10000m), Dusty Klein (800m, 4x400 relay), Trevor Kraychir (hammer throw), Alex Nelson (hammer throw), Paul Robertson (200m, 400m, 4x400m relay), Kevin Rosaaen (5000m, 10000m), Chase Sexton (shot put, discus), Per Strandquist (100m, 200m, 4x100 relay), Nick Tatro (800m), Pontus Thomee (javelin, discus), Daniel Thompson (pole vault), Rolando Trammel (110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay), Eetu Viitala (long jump, javelin, 4x100 relay alternate), Michael Walrath (800m, 4x400 relay) and Zach Wiles (5000m, 3000m steeplechase).

► How the Bronco Women Fare - The Bronco women are looking to improve on their eighth-place finish in 2009 and 2008 at the outdoor championships with a talented 2010 roster to help them move up the ranks. The women return Sasa Kampic, the 2009 javelin champion as well as Eleni Kafourou who won the long jump titles in 2007 and 2008, as well as, three triple jump titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Megan and Paige Olivetti return as former champions as well after helping the 4x400-meter relay to a championship title in 2007.

Nationally, the Boise State women rank No. 64 in the nation, down two spots from last week's rankings. Louisiana Tech's women lead the WAC in the national rankings, sitting at No. 46, while Hawaii is just behind at No. 51. Idaho holds a No. 95 spot, Utah State sits at No. 126, New Mexico State ranks No. 173, Fresno State holds the No. 183 spot while Nevada is not nationally ranked. Kafourou and Kampic are the only individually ranked Broncos with Kafourou ranking No. 8 in the long jump and No. 11 in the triple jump and Kampic sitting at No. 38 in the javelin.

In the conference rankings Kafourou is the only Bronco to hold a conference leading spot, sitting atop the long jump and triple jump lists. The Bronco women's 4x100-meter relay is the only No. 2 ranking for the team while BreAnna Craig (pole vault) and Kampic (javelin) hold No. 3 spots in the conference rankings in their respective events. Overall the Bronco women hold 28 of the top-10 conference lists spots in the 21 outdoor events.

The Boise State women will have 26 team members representing the university in Ruston, including: Alexandria Bell (800m), Annelise Bertleson (pole vault), Melody Braden (5000m, 3000m steeplechase), Taryn Campos (200m, 400m, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay), BreAnna Craig (pole vault), Monisha Davis (100m hurdles), Piper Delaney (1500m, 3000m), Heidi Dorling (pole vault), Emily Funkhouser (400m hurdles), Destiny Gammage (100m, 200m, 4x100 relay), Carly Gerard (5000m, 10000m), Joi Glass (400m hurdles, 4x400 relay), Shea Hanson (5000m, 3000m steeplechase), Racquel Jones (100m, 200m, long jump, 4x100 relay), Eleni Kafourou (100m, long jump, triple jump, high jump, 4x100 relay), Sasa Kampic (javelin), Jamie Knapp (800m), Marjani Maldonado (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles), Megan Olivetti (200m, 100m hurdles, 4x400 relay, 4x100 relay alternate), Paige Olivetti (200m, 400m, 4x400 relay, 4x100 alternate), Paige Orcutt (800m), Alyssa Osai (shot put, discus, hammer), Nadine Russell (shot put, hammer), Brittnee Sanchez (1500m, 5000m), Tajanee Simmons (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles) and Mele Vaisima (shot put, discus, hammer).


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