Crawling Out Of The Cellar

Mike Maynard was a terrific track coach at Boise State. Unfortunately, the legacy he left was a last place finish at last year's WAC Championships for both the men and women.

The Boise State men's and women's track team will try to crawl out of their respective cellars when the Broncos host the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships next week in Nampa .  

When they last saw their WAC counterparts, both teams finished at the bottom and will try to redeem themselves from the embarrassing experience at Jackson 's Track.  

Nevertheless, Utah State is favored to regain the WAC title in the men's competition and Boise State is projected to get only third.  Louisiana Tech, %%MATCH_4%% and Utah State will likely battle for the women's title and Boise State will likely only celebrate individual glory.  

The Bronco men are projected to finish 1-2-3-4 in the long jump but even that finish will only get them within 24 points of the favored Aggies.  Senior Zacharias Arnos leads the Bronco foursome with a leap of 24-feet, 9.25-inches.  Kurt Felix and Eetu Vitala have both cleared 23-11 and freshman Rolando Trammel offers hope with a jump of 23-2.  

Freshmen Jeff Daw and Paul Robertson will try to wrest the 400-meter title away from veteran Albert Fullwood of Louisiana Tech.  Fullwood has run a 47.90 this indoor season while Daw clocked a 48.38 400 last weekend.  Fullwood's time is a full second ahead of Robertson's 49.11.  

Arnos (52-6.5) and Trammel (46-4) lead the field in the triple jump while Trevor Kraychir (64-11.25) has the top mark in the weight throw.  

Utah State is projected to score 151 points based on championship scoring of the top league times this season, with Idaho at 140, Boise State 127 and Louisiana Tech 79.   

The Bronco women's best event is the pole vault, with junior BreAnna Craig (12-5.5) leading a talented trio of Lady Bronco vaulters.  Junior Heidi Dorling (12-4) and senior Annelise Bertleson (11-11.75) will try to top Idaho 's K.C. Dahlgren, who is the class of the field with a vault of 13-4.25.  

Junior Mele Vaisima is the only other Bronco woman projected to finish in the top three next week.  Vaisima has the top mark in the weight throw with a toss of 60-feet, 8-inches.  

The women's pentathlon begins at 11 a.m. Thursday while the men's heptathlon gets underway at 11:45 a.m.    

Preliminaries and several finals are scheduled for Friday afternoon beginning at 2 and competition wraps up Saturday at Jackson 's Track beginning at 11 a.m.  

Jackson 's Track is located at the Idaho Center in Nampa .


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