Make plans now to see the 2007 WAC Track & Field Championships, hosted by Boise State. The defending men's champion Broncos will contend for the title, and the Boise State women will be a factor as well. Action gets underway Friday morning at Jackson's Track in Nampa.
BoiseState hosts the
2007 Western Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships this Friday
and Saturday at Jackson's Track in Nampa.The Broncos will be one of the top three
contenders for both men's and women's WAC titles.
State-Northridge, however, is the favorite in both competitions this weekend.Northridge is a participating non-league
member in track and field.The
Northridge men are expected to garner 171 points to Idaho's 162 in
men's action and 136 points in the women's competition.BoiseState, 14th
in the nation last year, is expected to finish third with 135 points, while the
Bronco women are the closest challenger to Northridge with 116 expected
points.Louisiana Tech is also expected
to contend on the women's side with 95 points.
will score heavily in the long jump as five jumpers are ranked in the WAC's top ten,
led by Rikabdi Fekuzika.Anthony Brown and Thomas Ross provide a 1-2 punch in the 60-meter hurdles.Another key event is the triple jump, where
Northridge has three more top competitors.Zacharias Arnos of BoiseState is the
favorite and teammate Wendell Lawrence could also score well for the Broncos. Northridge and UtahState will battle
it out in the 4 x 400-meter relay.Justin Johnson is the favorite in the high jump—BoiseState's David
Walden and Heigo Nurmsalu will have to score big points here if the Broncos
hope to knock off Northridge and repeat as champions.Another key competition between Northridge
and BoiseState takes place
in the Heptathlon, with Johnson and Nurmsalu the clear favorites there.
a test between two schools in the mile and an important battle between two
contenders for the men's title.Ty
Axtman and Cody Eaton of BoiseState have the two
best times this year, but Michael Thompson, Kevin Merkling and Jeremiah Johnson
of Idaho all have a
chance to win.
Winger leads the charge for the team from Moscow.With the graduation of BoiseState's top weight
throwers, Winger has moved to the top of the nation in the shot put.BoiseState's best hope
there is Erik Whittsitt.Matthew Wauters
and Winger have the two best throws in the WAC in the discus
with Simon Wardhaugh of BoiseState challenging
those two.Idaho's Benjamin
Mimoun and Sam Michener have the two fastest times in the 200 so the Vandals
should score heavy there.Bastien Tardy
and Kevin Potter will try to hold off BoiseState's Caleb
Cazier in the 800—all are within a second of each other.Kevin Frieson of Idaho is the
favorite in the 3,000.
will be a tight race between Northridge and Idaho.The Broncos must find new ways to score
points if they are to make up the sizable difference on the two front-runners.
the women's side, Latonia Wilson of Louisiana Tech is the favorite in the 60
meters but Northridge has five of the top ten and should rack up the
points.Wilson is also the
200-meter favorite with Megan Olivetti being BoiseState's best hope
in the event.Olivetti is also a threat
at 400 meters, where Tech's Nina Gilbert heads into the Championships with the
fastest time and Northridge has a strong presence as well.A dual for the WAC title in the
800 between Tech's Miriam Barnes and BoiseState's Kayleen
McDowell will be exciting to watch.The
Lady Techsters are also favored in the 4 x 400 relay.
Xylaki is the favorite in the high jump where Hawai'i hopes to have
its best event.Eleni Kafourou is the
long jump favorite, with Northridge expected to score heavily with four top
contenders.Kafourou will battle New MexicoState's Sandra
Anane in the triple jump. Eleni
Ypsilanti hopes to capture the WAC title in the
UtahState's Jennie Twitchell
and Amy Egan are the favorites in the mile although BoiseState and Idaho both have strong
hopes for points.Becky Guyette and
Breanne Sande carry the banner in the mile for the Broncos.Guyette's best event is the 3,000 where she
is favored.Idaho's Rheat Richter is
the favorite is in the 5,000.
Owens is the runaway favorite in the pole vault, having cleared 15 feet, 5.75
inches this year.
is the determining factor in track championships and this is what makes
Northridge the favorite over BoiseState.Northridge only has two favorites, Ashleigh McGrew
(60-meter hurdles) and Jere' Summers (shot put), going into this weekend, but
is expected to score points in every event.The Broncos meanwhile, are favored to win four events, but are not
forecast to do well in the sprints, the pole vault nor the weight throw.Weakness in those five events would put a
serious damper on WAC title hopes for BoiseState.
gets underway Friday morning at 10 with competition in the first four events of
the Heptathlon--60-meters, long jump, shot put and long jump.Finals will be contested in the men's weight
throw, pole vault and long jump and the women's high jump, shot put and long
jump Friday afternoon.Running events
begin Friday at , with finals slated
in six events.The WAC Championships
conclude Saturday with a full day of action at Jackson's Track.
Tickets will be $20 for adults, $15 for youth and senior citizens and $10 for
students.Tickets for single sessions
can be purchased for $12 by adults, $8 for senior citizens and $6 for students