Bronco Track Team Opens In Tempe

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.

 The Boise State 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 Championships in Nampa .   

To fully face their demons, however, the Boise State teams must prove themselves outdoors.   

Fitting then that they open the 2010 outdoor season at the Sun Devil Invitational in Tempe this weekend.  The hammer throw is featured Friday with the rest of competition taking place Saturday at Joe Selleh Track on the Arizona State campus.  

The prestigious Sun Devil will give Coach J.W. Hardy a good read on this year's Bronco team.  Teams from Arizona , host Arizona State , Colorado , Duke , Georgia , Kansas State , Northern Arizona , Notre Dame, Oklahoma , Purdue , Texas A & M and Wyoming 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 Boise State and the team features a strong distance roster.  What Hardy will have to find are the sprinters in his lineup to complement Douglas 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 season at Boise State .  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.

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