Broncos Open Season with Jacksons Open & Multis

► What's Happening - Boise State's track and field teams begin their 2011-12 season on Friday and Saturday (Dec. 2-3) when they host the Jacksons Open and Multi at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.

This will be the first of six regular-season home meets held at the venue this season, followed by the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships which are slated for March 9-10 at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

► Jacksons Open and Multi Meet Specifics - The Jacksons Open and Multi will be held over two days beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 2) afternoon with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. The women's pentathlon and the first day of the men's heptathlon will be contested throughout the afternoon on Friday, as well as the men's and women's weight throw and the men's pole vault.

Saturday's competition begins at 9:00 a.m. with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. The heptathlon is slated to end around 12:45 p.m., with open races mixing in around 12:00 p.m. Saturday's field events begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day.  The meet is scheduled to finish at 3:35 p.m. with the men's 4x400-meter relay.

► The Competition - The 2011-12 track season brings big name competitors to the Broncos' home meets with the season-opening meet including 15 teams. Boise State will be joined by Stanford, Cal State Northridge, Portland State, Nevada (women), Central Washington, Lewis-Clark, St. Martin's, Warner Pacific, Academy of Art, Northwest Nazarene, Treasure Valley Community College, Pacific United, R.A.W. SPEED, and Summit Track Club in their first meet of the season.  

► Meet Information and Directions to Jacksons Track - Full meet information and time schedules can be found at the Meet Information link while directions to the facility are available at the same location.

► Broncos' Indoor Schedule - Boise State is hosting its first of six regular-season indoor home meets this upcoming weekend. The Broncos will kick-off the 2012 year with the Blue and Orange Opener on Jan. 14, while also hosting the Bronco Invitational (Jan. 21) and Jacksons Invitational (Jan. 27-28) in the first month of the year. In February, the team hosts two regular-season meets, the Bronco Classic (Feb. 4) and the Boise State Team Challenge (Feb. 10-11), before hosting the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet, March 9-10.

► Key Returners - The Broncos return a host of key athletes from the 2010-11 season. Three 2011 NCAA All-Americans return in Kurt Felix (heptathlon), Alex Nelson (hammer) and Eetu Viitala (long jump). Felix, a senior,  only competed during the indoor season in 2011, but earned WAC titles in the heptathlon and triple jump as well as placing 11th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the heptathlon. Felix also set the school record in the heptathlon in 2011 at 5,691-points.

Nelson returns for his senior campaign after coming off a 15 th-place finish in the hammer at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Nelson not only earned his first All-American honor last season, but his first conference title as well, winning the hammer at the WAC Championships.

Viitala, also a senior, earned his first NCAA All-American honor last year after placing 22 nd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also swept the 2011 indoor and outdoor conference titles in the long jump.

Other seniors joining the ranks are Sawyer Bosch, who was the 2011 WAC 3000-meter steeplechase champion and a 2011 NCAA First Round qualifier. Senior Chase Sexton was a 2011 NCAA First Round qualifier in the shot put, while Trevor Kraychir returns for his final season after winning the WAC title in the weight throw last year and qualifying for the NCAA First Round in the hammer.

Junior Rolando Trammel will be a key returner as well after qualifying for the NCAA First Round in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles in 2011. Trammel also earned a WAC title in the indoor 4x400-meter relay last season, joined by Karrie Butler, Paul Robertson and Manoah Wesson.

On the women's side, senior Racquel Jones is the only returning female who qualified for the 2011 NCAA First Round, placing 29 th in the long jump. Only two other Bronco women earned top honors last season with sophomore Alexi Morton winning the WAC pentathlon title and being named WAC Freshman of the Year and junior Danielle Valentine capturing the WAC outdoor pole vault title. Also returning for the women are past NCAA First Round qualifiers Marjani Maldonado (100-meter hurdles, 2010), Mele Vaisima (hammer throw, 2009) and Sasa Kampic (javelin, 2009 & 2010). Kampic went on to become a 2009 NCAA national meet participant in the javelin while Vaisima was crowned the WAC weight throw champion in 2010


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