Track & Field

Broncos Open Season With Jacksons Open and Multi

► What's Happening - The Boise State track and field team begins their 2010-11 season this Friday (Dec. 3) and Saturday (Dec. 4) when they host the 2010 Boise State Jacksons Open and Multi. The meet is their first of six regular-season indoor home meets, while the Broncos will also host the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championships in late February at the Jacksons Indoor Track.

► Meet Specifics - The Broncos' first meet of the season will be held at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho. The meet spans over two days (Dec. 3-4) and will consist of individual and multi-event competitions.

Friday's competition begins at 4 p.m. with the men's weight throw and women's pentathlon 60-meter hurdles. Friday's events will conclude with the pentathlon 800-meters, which is scheduled for an 8:55 p.m. start.

Saturday's competition is set to begin at 9 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. The Jacksons open is slated to finish at 3:40 p.m. with the women's 4x400-meter relay. 

► The Competition - The Boise State track team will host Concordia (Ore.), Cal State Northridge, Lewi-Clark, Mesa State, Nevada, Northwest Nazarene, Portland State and Warner Pacific to their 2010 Jacksons Open and Multi.

► 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 2011 year with the Boise State Opener on Jan. 15, while also hosting the Bronco Invitational (Jan. 22) and Bronco Open (Jan. 28-29) in the first month of the year. In February, the team hosts two regular-season meets, the Jackson's Invitational (Feb. 5) and the Boise State Team Challenge (Feb. 11-12), before hosting the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships (Feb. 24-26) for the final time.

► Key Returnees - Thirteen Broncos advanced to the NCAA First Round Championships during the 2010 outdoor season, with 10 of those qualifiers returning for the 2010-11 track and field season. Hurdlers Marjani Maldonado, Monisha Davis and Rolando Trammel look to make a big impact in their second year with the Broncos. Multieventer Kurt Felix returns after advancing to the NCAA National Championships in the decathlon, as well as winning the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon titles. Veteran javelin throwers Sasa Kampic and Pontus Thomee will make a bigger impact on the team during the outdoor season, but will likely compete during the indoor season in the throws as well. Jumper Eetu Viitala joins throwers Alex Nelson and Trevor Kraychir as additional NCAA First Round field event qualifiers, while Sawyer Bosch is the sole post-season qualifier for the Broncos in the distance events.

Also returning are a handful of Broncos who have made their way onto the top-3 all-time performers lists during the indoor and outdoor seasons. BreAnna Craig (No.  2, pole vault, 12-9.5) is the only active Bronco on the women's indoor top-3 list. On the men's list Kurt Felix set the school record for the heptathlon last indoor season (5,348 points), while the men's distance medley relay returns Kevin Higgs, Austin Edwards, Quinten Hennekam and Rolando Trammel (No. 3, DMR, 10:02.91).

Outdoors, Craig also sits among the top-3 pole vaulters after setting the school record last season (12-7.50) while fellow vaulter Heidi Dorling also sits on the outdoor pole vault list (No. 3, 12-5.50). Marjani Maldonado (No. 2, 13.70) and Monisha Davis (No. 3, 13.87) return in the hurdles, while Shea Hanson returns as a top-3 runner in the 3000-meter steeplechase (No. 3, 11:03.00).

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