Broncos Head to MW Outdoor Championships
May 13, 2015
2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships - May 13-16
Friday and Saturday's competition will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network. Multi & Field events will be aired on the MWN in video-on-demand form HERE.
BOISE, Idaho-The Boise State track & field program will compete at the 2015 Mountain West Championships, May 13-16 at the SDSU Sports Deck in San Diego, Calif. Conference action will begin on May 13 at noon (PT) with the multi events.
Schedule: Multis begin Wednesday at noon PT with the Women's Heptathlon (100, HJ, SP, 200m). The men's decathlon will start at 12:30 (100m, LJ, SP, HJ, 400m).
A full schedule of events can be found HERE. As they have no student-athletes entered in the multis, the Broncos will make their debut on Friday, May 14 with the men's and women's hammer events (Held at UC San Diego, 9:30 and 11 a.m.).
Women's 1500m (Friday, 3:40 p.m. // Qualifying) - Emma Bates and Rici Morrill will don the Blue and Orange in the 1500m on Friday. Bates, the defending champion, comes in with the second-fastest time this year in the conference behind New Mexico's Calli Thackery. The top four from each heat and the next four best times will advance to the finals.
Women's 3000m steeplechase (Friday, 3 p.m. // Finals) - Marisa Howard, Emma Hyyppä and Kate Jette are scheduled to run on Friday. Howard, the two-time defending champion, holds the all time Mountain West record of 9:43.82. She enters the 2015 conference race as the top seed by 10 seconds.
Women's 5000m (Saturday, 1:40 p.m. // Finals) - The corral will be unleashed on Friday with six Broncos entered in the 5,000m race. Tessa Murray, Marisa Howard, Kate Jette, Emma Hyyppä, Emma Bates and Gracie Tostenson will all toe the line. Bates holds the all-time mark in the conference and the top seed in the 2015 race. Bates is the defending champion in the event (2014, 2012).
Men's 100 and 200m (Friday, 5:10 & 6:35 p.m. // Qualifying) - Alexandru Terpezan and Dusty Fisher will try their hands at both sprints on Friday while Ian Keys will race the 100m. In each distance, the winner of each heat plus the next seven fastest times will advance to the finals on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Men's 400m hurdles (Saturday, 1:10 p.m. // Finals) - The Bronco trio of Bret Scheve, Jordin Andrade and Rex Stanley will look to make a podium finish at Saturday's finals at 12:10 p.m. Andrade holds the top time in the conference and is the lone competitor under 50 seconds at 49.64. Andrade won the Conference title in 2013.
Men's 1500m (Friday, 3:55 p.m. // Qualifying) - David Elliott and Louis McAfee will compete in the second heat of the 1500m while Jeff Lautenslager is slated to compete in the first heat. Elliott holds the second fastest time in the conference with his school-record time of 3:41.61. The top four in each heat and the next four best times will compete in the finals on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Friday, 3:20 p.m.), 5000m (Saturday, 2:05 p.m.) and 10000m (Friday, 7:35 p.m.) - Dan Oekerman will race the 3000m steeplechase on Friday. In the 5000m will be Aaron Back, Oekerman, Vennard, Elliott and McAfee. Elliott is the top-ranked runner in the 5000m and will seek to remain undefeated in outdoor competition this year. Vennard comes in with the fourth-fastest time in the field and will look for a podium finish.
Back and Vennard will race the 10,000m and will try their hand at the distance for the first time this year.
Defending Champs: Two Broncos head to San Diego this weekend with hopes to repeat their 2014 performances. Marisa Howard is the defending champion in the 3,000m steeplechase and is the top-ranked competitor in the conference. Emma Bates took home two titles in the 1,500m and the 5,000m last year, and ranks second and first this year in the events, respectively.
In the 2014 team standings, the men placed sixth collecting 67 points while the women placed fifth with 90.5 points.
Among the Best in the MW
Additional competitors to watch out for include Allison Jeffries and Karyna Armstrong. Jeffries and Armstrong will face stiff competition in the field events. Jeffries ranks third in the pole vault, while Armstrong ranks fifth in the hammer throw.
Up next for the Broncos will be the NCAA West Regionals, held in Austin, Texas, May 28-30. Competitors with marks and times ranking in the top-48 in their region will be invited to compete for a berth to NCAA Nationals, June 10-13 in Eugene, Ore.
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