Broncos Set for MW Outdoor Championships
Shannon Jacobs

May 13, 2014

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OVERVIEW
The 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships is scheduled to take place May 14-17 at the Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo. The women's heptathlon will kick off the championships on Wednesday, May 14 at noon (MT).

The Air Force men and the San Diego State women will look to defend their outdoor titles from 2013, while New Mexico won both the men's and women's indoor titles this year in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the Air Force Academy.

Teams competing against Boise State on the men's side will include New Mexico, Colorado State, Air Force, Utah State and Wyoming. On the women's side, San Diego State, Fresno State, UNLV and Nevada will compete in addition to the same teams that will be vying for the men's title.

LIVE RESULTS
Live stats will be available all four days of competition, Wednesday through Saturday. Live video will only be available on Friday and Saturday.

MEET SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 14
Women's Heptathlon: Noon (100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters)

Men's Decathlon: 12:30 p.m. (100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters)

Thursday, May 15
Men's Decathlon: Noon (110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin throw, 1,500 meters)
Women's Heptathlon: 12:30 p.m. (long jump, javelin, 800 meters)

Friday, May 16
Field Events: 11 p.m. (women's hammer)

Track Events: 1 p.m. (women's steeplechase)

Saturday, May 17
Field Events: Noon (women's javelin)

Track Events: Noon (women's 4x100 meter relay)

*All times are Mountain (MT)*

THE FIELD
MEN

The Boise State men currently possess a No. 48 national ranking, putting them as the second-highest ranked MW team behind New Mexico (No. 23). Colorado State (No. 49) trails Boise State by one spot, Wyoming sits at No. 73, Utah State is at No. 111 and Air Force is ranked No. 120.

New Mexico has 15 athletes that hold down national rankings and six athletes that possess top spots in the MW in their respective events. The Lobos' strength lies in distance events with ten of their 15 nationally-ranked athletes competing in middle and long distance events.

Colorado State is led by nationally-ranked hurdler, Trevor Brown. Brown accounts for two of the Rams' four national rankings. He is No. 8 in the 110m hurdles and No. 4 in the 400m hurdles. Colorado State finished second in the MW Indoor Championships earlier this year.

WOMEN
The Boise State women are ranked No. 28 in the national rankings and only trail San Diego State (No. 17). Colorado State is ranked No. 54, Utah State No. 92, Air Force No. 106, Fresno State No. 116, New Mexico No. 117, Wyoming No. 121 and UNLV No. 152.

San Diego State has eight athletes who sport national rankings including Shanieka Thomas, the No. 1 triple jumper in the country. She leads a well-rounded Aztec squad that excels in both field and track events.

Colorado State has arguably one of the top throws teams in the nation. Three athletes occupy six national rankings, all of which are in throws. Jessica Sharbono is No. 2 in the discus and No. 24 in the shot put, Aaliyah Pete is No. 35 in the discus and No. 40 in the shot put and Kiah Hicks is No. 24 in the hammer and No. 26 in the discus.

THE BRONCOS
Boise State has five men and three women in the top-50 of the national rankings. The Broncos are led by a stable of distance runners, but none more successful than Emma Bates. Bates has already broken the MW women's outdoor all-time records in the 5,000m and the 10,000m this season, but the redshirt junior from Elk River Minn., will participate in the 1,500m and the 5,000m at the MW Championships this week. She is ranked No. 2 nationally in the 10,000m and No. 8 nationally in the 5,000m. She is No. 1 in the MW in both events.

She is joined by Marisa Howard and Hayli Bozarth as the two other women who possess top-50 national rankings. Howard is No. 7 nationally in the 3,000m steeplechase and No. 1 in the MW. Howard's 10:00.79 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational is the fastest time in school history. Bozarth is ranked No. 30 nationally and No. 2 in the MW in the hammer throw with her best throw of the season coming at the BYU Robison Invitational on April 23 (196-9 / 59.96m). She also captured the school record in the shot put after she threw a 50-2 (15.29m) at the Sun Angel Classic on April 14.

Other Broncos who rank highly in the MW include: Jordan Ward in the high jump, No. 2; Allison Jeffries in the pole vault, No. 6; Jasmyn Jewett in the triple jump, No. 3; and Tessa Murray in the 5,000m, No. 3. Jeffries holds the school record in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault.

Zach Wiles and Allan Schroeder lead the Broncos on the men's side in distance events. Wiles is No. 9 nationally and No. 1 in the MW in the 3,000m steeplechase. His 8:45.95 he ran at the Stanford Invitational is the second-fastest 3,000m steeplechase time in school history. Schroeder is close behind Wiles at No. 14 nationally and No. 2 in the MW. Wiles' 8:47.56 was also at the Stanford Invitational and is fourth-best in school history.

Fernando Martinez has been arguably the biggest surprise on the Boise State team. After running quality 400m hurdles times for the majority of the outdoor season, Martinez burst onto the national scene in the last meet of the season, the Idaho-Utah Border Clash. He ran a 50.44; good for a No. 7 national ranking and No. 2 in the MW. His performance at the Border Clash gave him the second-fastest 400m hurdles time in school history.

Matt Post and Austin Hamilton lead the Broncos in field events. Post leads the MW in the hammer throw and sits at No. 22 nationally. Hamilton also leads the MW in the javelin and holds down the No. 47 national ranking.

In the MW rankings David Elliott is No. 3 in the 5,000m and No. 5 in the 10,000m while Jeff Howard is No. 4 in the 10,000m.

THE COMPETITORS
WOMEN

Karyna Armstrong (hammer), Emma Bates (5,000m, 1,500m), Hayli Bozarth (hammer, discus, shot put), Marisa Howard (3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m), Allison Jeffries (100m hurdles, pole vault), Jasmyn Jewett (long jump, triple jump), Shannon Jacobs (100m, 200m), Erin McLaughlin (5,000m, 10,000m), Kimberly Miller (long jump, triple jump), Tessa Murray (5,000m), Lacie Rasley (hammer, discus, shot put), Kady Stafford (hammer), Shannon Susbauer (5,000m), Jordan Ward (high jump), Chelsey Washington (400m hurdles) and Brandi Williams (long jump).

MEN
Dominique Drayden (long jump, triple jump), Austin Hamilton (javelin), Rex Stanley (400m hurdles), David Elliott (5,000m, 10,000m), Jeff Howard (5,000m), Ian Keys (100m), Fernando Martinez (400m hurdles), Justin Malnes (110m hurdles), Rhys Park (5,000m, 10,000m), Kyle Merritt (5,000m), Drew O'donoghue-McDonald (1,500m, 5,000m), Matt Post (hammer), Alexandru Terpezan (100m, 200m), Roderick Townsend (decathlon, high jump), Allan Schroeder (3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m), Danny Verdieck (decathlon, 110m hurdles) and Zach Wiles (3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m).


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