Bronco Outdoor Track Teams Open This Weekend

The Boise State track teams get their outdoor seasons underway at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento this weekend. Coach Mike Maynard's Broncos hope to get the spring off to a good start and continue to build momentum for the WAC Championships in May.

The Boise State outdoor track and field teams open their season Saturday at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento. Sacramento State hosts this year's NCAA West Regional and has hosted the last three NCAA National Championships. The Hornet Invitational is one of the top track meets in the west each year.  The Bronco men captured the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championship last month, while the women placed third.  Coach Mike Maynard's Broncos will need to produce similar results this outdoor season if Boise State is to win a second straight WAC Commissioner's Cup.

Four-time WAC Champion Ty Axtman hopes to close out his stellar career with another good showing this spring.  The senior won the mile run at the WAC Indoor Championships and was honored at last year's Outdoor Championships as the outstanding male performer with wins in both the 1,500 and the 10,000 meters.  Axtman will run in the 1,500 this weekend.

Sophomore Simon Wardhaugh continues to improve with a year's experience under his belt.  Wardhaugh was second in the 35-pound weight throw last month and is coming off a freshman outdoor season in which he posted the second best hammer throw in Bronco history at 216 feet, four inches.

Scott Viafore is back throwing the javelin for Coach Maynard.  In his first year at Boise State, Viafore finished fifth at regionals and qualified for the NCAA National Championships.

The Bronco women will look to continue their improvement with a solid effort this weekend.  Becky Guyette is entered in the 1,500 in Sacramento; she took home a WAC title last month in the 5,000 meters with a school record 17:19.35.

Sophomore Megan Olivetti also set a school mark at the Indoor Championships with a time of 24.16 in the 200.  Olivetti is entered in the 100, the 200, the 100-meter hurdles and both relay races this weekend.

Eleni Ypsilanti is coming off an indoor season in which she heaved the 20-pound weight throw 64 feet, 6.5 inches, the second best indoor mark in school history.  Ypsilanti will once again toss the hammer this year for Boise State.  She earned a spot at the NCAA West Regional last spring with a school record throw of 195-2.


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