Broncos Head to MW Outdoor Championships
May 13, 2015

2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships - May 13-16
SDSU Sports Deck | San Diego, Calif.

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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.).

Notable Races
Women's 100 and 200 meter dashes (Friday, 5 & 6:20 p.m. // Qualifying) - Mackenzie Flannigan ranks first and second in the 100 and 200 meters, respectively. Flannigan will seek to earn berths to Saturday's finals.

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
Boise State claims 21 top-five performances in the Mountain West this year. Emma Bates, David Elliott, Marisa Howard, Mackenzie Flannigan and Alexandru Terpezan all claim top-five times in multiple events. Bates heads the competition in the 5,000m and 10,000m distances and ranks second in the 1,500m. Elliott holds the top time in the 5,000m, while ranking second in the 1,500m. Howard leads the MW in the 3,000m steeplechase and holds the fourth-fastest times in the 1,500m and 5,000m events. In the sprints, Flannigan ranks first in the 100-meter dash after her school record-setting time of 11.57 at the Border Clash. She currently ranks second in the 200-meter dash. Terpezan ranks second in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100 meters.

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.

School Records
The Broncos have claimed seven school records in 2015, all in regular-season competition. David Elliott and Emma Bates have earned multiple this year. Elliott holds records the 1,500m (3:41.61) and 800m (1:49.48) while Bates claimed the 1,500m (4:16.37), 10,000m (32:12.28) top times. Mackenzie Flannigan holds the best time in the 100-meter dash (11.57), Jordin Andrade claims the 400 meter hurdles top time (49.64), and Allison Jeffries holds the top mark in the pole vault (13-6.25).

World Contenders
In the International Association of Athletics Federation's rankings, Boise State lands four performances as some of the best in the world. As of May 9, Bates ranks 29th internationally in the 5,000m and 26th in the 10,000m. Marisa Howard ranks 55th in the world in the 3,000m steeplechase and Jordin Andrade ranks 22nd in the 400m hurdles.

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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