The Boise State track teams take to the great outdoors for the spring when they meet a tough field this weekend at the Sun Devil Invitational in Tempe, Arizona.
men's and women's track teams are coming off last place finishes one year
ago in the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.
The first step in erasing those painful memories was taken
just a few weeks ago when the Bronco men finished second in the Indoor
To fully face their demons, however, the
teams must prove themselves outdoors.
Fitting then that they open the 2010 outdoor season at the
Sun Devil Invitational in
this weekend. The hammer throw is
featured Friday with the rest of competition taking place Saturday at Joe Selleh
Track on the
The prestigious Sun Devil will give Coach J.W. Hardy a good
read on this year's Bronco team. Teams
, Notre Dame,
A & M and
are some of the top teams slated to compete.
All-American jumper Zacharias Arnos, sprinter Marlon Douglas, distance runner Cameron Lockard and javelin thrower Pontus Thomee are
the only four seniors for the Bronco men. Kurt
Felix proved to be a star indoors for
and the team features a strong distance roster.
What Hardy will have to find are the sprinters in his lineup to
and the depth needed to be a force at the WAC Championships.
Bronco fans who have not been blessed to see 2009 National
Long Jump Champion Eleni Kafourou would be wise not to miss the Broncos when
they return home. This is her last
. Kafourou redshirted during the
outdoor competition last year and is eager to return to action.
Jumper Annelise Bertleson, hurdler Megan Olivetti and sprinter Paige
Olivetti are the other Bronco seniors for the women.
BreAnna Craig boosted her performance in the pole vault in the indoor
season, while Mele Vaisima has the goal of winning WAC titles in the throwing
events and freshman sprinter Destiny Gammage has huge potential.