Boise State Track and Field Kicks-off Season with Jacksons Open
► What's Happening – The Boise State track and field program will begin its 2009-10 season this coming weekend by hosting the Jacksons Open on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5. This will be the first meet of six meets held at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

► Meet Specifics – The meet will be a full two-day meet, including all regular individual events as well as the women’s pentathlon and men’s heptathlon. Friday’s events begin at 4:00 pm (Mountain Time) with the women’s pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. On Saturday, the day begins with the men’s heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 9:00 am (MT). Only the pentathlon and heptathlon will be run on Friday evening with all individual events taking place on Saturday.

► 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.

► Participating Teams – Four collegiate teams from the area will be competing in this weekend’s meet as well as a handful of track clubs. Boise State will compete their men and women as well as Northwest Nazarene University, Portland State University and Concordia (Oregon). Various track clubs and unattached athletes from the Idaho, Oregon and Washington areas will also participate in the two-day meet.

► Meet of Firsts – The meet will be the first showing for newly appointed head coach J.W. Hardy. He will be joined by Jeff Petersmeyer (jumps) and Keith Vance (throws) as the newest members of the Boise State track and field coaching staff. Distance coach Brad Wick, sprints/hurdles coach Kelley Watson and pole vault coach Jussi Autio return for their second seasons with the track and field program.

► About the Broncos – After a successful 2008-09 season, the Broncos welcome back a handful of key athletes. The men’s team has only four seniors Zacharias Arnos (jumps), Marlon Douglas (sprints), Cameron Lockard (distance) and Pontus Thomee (throws) to lead the team in their final season. Also looking to make an impact for the Bronco men as returners are Eric Capelle (So., sprints), Sawyer Bosch (Jr., distance), Scott Foley (Jr., distance), Dusty Klein (So., middle distance), Trevor Kraychir (So., throws), Mathew Moyer (So., middle distance), Alex Nelson (So., throws), Brian Pierre (So., distance), Per Strandquist (Jr., sprints), Eetu Vitala (So., sprints) and Michael Walrath (Jr., middle distance). After a successful cross country season freshmen Jeff Howard and Kevin Rosaaen look to make an impact as well.

On the women’s side Annelise Bertleson (pole vault), Eleni Kafourou (jumps), Megan Olivetti (hurdles), Paige Olivetti (sprints) and Heidi Suder (distance) enter their final seasons as Broncos. Kafourou will look to repeat as the NCAA National Indoor Long Jump Champion after winning the title in March of 2009. Other key returners include BreAnna Craig (Jr., pole vault), Shea Hanson (So., distance), Mele Vaisima (Jr., throws) and Danielle Valentine (So., pole vault). Freshman distance runner Shannon Porter had a very successful cross country campaign and will likely add strength to the team immediately.


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