Senior Day In Bronco Stadium

Eight seniors bid goodbye today in the final track & field meets of their Boise State careers. Field events get underway in the Bronco Twilight at 1 this afternoon. A special ceremony honoring the seniors will be shortly after 6 tonight. Come out and say thanks!

Boise State hosts the final home track and field meet of the season today in Bronco Stadium.  It's Senior Day for this outstanding group, and seniors Ty Axtman, Forest Braden, Cari Gunstream, Becky Guyette, Sterling Small, Amber Tavares-Campos, Erik Whitsitt and Eleni Ypsilanti will be honored shortly after 6 tonight.

                        Six of the eight seniors will be competing at Boise State today.  Braden and Guyette will sit out of today's meet in order to participate in the 10,000-meter races on Sunday at Stanford.

Axtman and Braden have combined for eight individual Western Athletic Conference championships.  Axtman won the indoor mile in both 2006 and 2007 and the 1,500 and 10,000-meters at last year's WAC Outdoor Championships.  For his efforts, Axtman was named the 2006 WAC Outstanding Male Performer.

Braden won the  indoor mile and outdoor 10,000 in 2004 and the 5,000 in both 2005 and 2006.  He also is a two-time NCAA All-American in cross country and 3,000 meters and a former Outstanding Performer as well for his success at the 2004 indoor meet.

Guyette earned won the 5,000 meters at the WAC indoor meet earlier this year.  She has the best conference times in both the 5,000 (16:54.52) and 10,000 (34:44.98).

Whitsitt has the top shot put mark in the league this season with a throw of 60 feet, one inch and Small is also a NCAA regional qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.47.      

Ypsilanti is second in the WAC for her hammer throw of 190-6.    

Gunstream and Tavares-Campos are both bringing their four-year career to a close.  Gunstream competes in the hammer and javelin, and Tavares-Campos in the discus and shot put. Gunstream has the 9th best hammer throw in the WAC this year (160-9).

 Six-time NCAA All-American, 2004 Olympican and United States Discus Champion Jarred Rome returns to Boise tonight.  Rome is ranked number one in the U.S. and second in the world with a discus throw of 224-3.  Rome will compete tonight in the discus competition that gets underway at 6:30.

 Field events begin at 1:00 p.m. today while running events start at 4:00 p.m. with the women's 4x100-meter relay.

The Bronco women are currently the #2 seed in the WAC and the men are #3.

Come out and show thanks for what these eight seniors have done for Bronco track!




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