BRONCO TRACK AND FIELD HOSTS JACKSONS OPEN THIS WEEKEND

            BOISE, Idaho -- The Boise State University track and field teams will kick-off their 2008-09 indoor seasons Friday, Dec. 5, with the Jacksons Open at the Jackson Indoor Track Facilities in Nampa. The meet will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 6, and is the first of five regular season home meets for the Broncos. Boise State will also host the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 26-28.

            This weekend’s meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Friday, with four of the men’s heptathlon events and all of the women’s pentathlon events set to compete. On Saturday the men will conclude the final three events of the heptathlon at 9 a.m. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, while track events will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and will conclude at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the Jacksons Open will be available at the door. 

            This weekend’s field will mostly be comprised of five regional opponents; Northwest Nazarene, Nevada, Portland State, Eastern Oregon and Utah State. Because it is an open meet, however, several athletes will be competing unattached as well.

            Boise State Head Coach Mike Maynard is confident this weekend’s field will give his teams exactly the kind of test they need early on.

            “We don’t want a knock down, drag out fight,” Maynard said. “We want this to be more of a test to our fitness and our fall training.”

            Maynard said he is excited to see some of the team veterans branch out into new events, which should help to strengthen both team’s run towards a WAC championship.

On the women’s side, junior Eleni Kafouru will compete this weekend in the 200m dash after primarily competing in the long and triple jumps during her collegiate career. Kafouru qualified for the NCAA national meet in both events last season.

            Boise State junior Megan Olivetti is expected to anchor the Bronco women in the pentathlon. In her first two seasons at Boise State, Olivetti focused primarily on hurdles. Last season she finished second in the 60m hurdles at the WAC indoor championships, while also reaching the NCAA National meet in the 100m hurdles.

            “All of our people are opening up,” Maynard said. “We’ve had one of the best fall training periods, I’ve ever seen, this past semester. I’m excited for both our men and women.”


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