Broncos Host Idaho-Utah Border Clash

GOBRONCOSDOTCOM Senior Kady Stafford
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Senior Kady Stafford
GOBRONCOSDOTCOM

May 1, 2014


IDAHO-UTAH BORDER CLASH
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Boise State will host its first and only outdoor track and field meet of the season at Dona Larsen Park. The Idaho-Utah Border Clash will take place Friday and Saturday, May 2-3. The Broncos will also travel four athletes to the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on Sunday, May 4, in Stanford, Calif.

THE COMPETITION
The Broncos will welcome athletes from BYU, College of Idaho, Idaho State, Lewis and Clark State, Northwest Nazarene, Utah State and Weber State. There will also be additional unattached competitors who will compete in the meet.

DONA LARSEN PARK
Beginning in the fall of 2012, the Boise State track and field and softball programs moved to their new home, Dona Larsen Park. The park's official dedication was held on August 15, 2012. The David and Debra Larsen Huber Family Foundation made it possible to build the complex, and chose to name it after Debra Larsen Huber's mother, Dona Larsen. The park is located just northeast of the Front Street and Broadway Avenue intersection in Boise.

TICKETS
Pricing is general admission only. There will be no charge for events that take place on Friday. Tickets on Saturday will be $6 for adults, $4 for juniors (2-18) and $2 for seniors (62+). Boise State students get in free with a student ID card.

A Saturday ticket will give admission to both the track and field meet and the softball game. The softball game will also take place in Dona Larsen Park, just north of Ed Jacoby Track, at 3 p.m.

Friday’s competition will begin with the women’s javelin throw at 3:30 p.m. (MT). The last event of the day is the men’s 5,000m, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. (MT).

On Saturday the ticket office will open at 9 a.m. (MT). Competition will begin with the women’s discus throw at 10 a.m. (MT). The meet will conclude with the men’s 4x400m relay at 2:40 p.m. (MT).

PARKING
Friday parking will be available in the East Stadium Lot of Bronco Stadium.  There will be a shuttle available to transport fans to Dona Larsen Park. Saturday parking will be available at the URS Plaza Building across the street from Dona Larsen Park.

BEST IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Four Broncos hold down the tops spots in their respective events in the MW: Emma Bates, 5,000m; Marisa Howard, 3,000m steeplechase; Matt Post, hammer throw; and Zach Wiles, 3,000m steeplechase.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
Boise State has nine women and seven men that hold top-100 national rankings in their respective events this week. For the women, Emma Bates leads a talented group of distance runners with a No. 5 ranking in the 5,000m. Marisa Howard and Tessa Murray are ranked 77
th and 93rd in the 5,000m, respectively. Howard also possesses a No. 7 ranking in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Freshmen Allison Jeffries and Jordan Ward both have made impacts on the team in their first year wearing the blue and orange. Jeffries holds a No. 88 ranking in the pole vault and Ward is ranked 57th in the high jump. Jasmyn Jewett, a redshirt senior, has earned a No. 66 ranking in the triple jump.

Hayli Bozarth leads the Broncos in throws with a No. 58 ranking in the shot put and a No. 28 ranking in the hammer throw. Karyna Armstrong also cracks the top 100 at No. 95 in the hammer throw.

On the men’s side, Zach Wiles and Allan Schroeder have both garnered top-10 rankings in the 3,000m steeplechase. Wiles sits at sixth and Schroeder comes in at No. 10. David Elliott is the third Bronco to currently possess national rankings in two separate events. He is 36th in the 5,000m and 59th in the 10,000m. Jeff Howard is a few spots ahead of Elliott in the 10,000m rankings with a No. 53 ranking.

Fernando Martinez, a freshman from Mexico, is ranked 65th in the 400m hurdles, and Matt Post is 25th in the hammer throw.

As a team, the women are ranked 49th and the men are 65th.

PAYTON JORDAN CARDINAL INVITATIONAL
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Four Broncos will compete in the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University on Sunday, May 4. The Payton Jordan is one of the premier track and field events for long-distance runners. The field will be comprised of the best collegiate runners and the top American and international professional runners.

Emma Bates will compete in the 10,000m, while Marisa Howard, Allan Schroeder and Zach Wiles will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Women's 3,000m steeplechase - 6:48 p.m. (PT)
Men's 3,000m steeplechase - 7:15 p.m. (PT)
Women's Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000m - 9:08 p.m. (PT)

Bates will be running with the 10,000m 2012 Olympics Silver Medalist, Sally Kipyego; the 2013 NCAA Champion, Betsy Saina; and the 2013 U.S Championships Runner-up, Jordan Hasay.