Previewing the 2010 WAC Men's Track and Field Championships

May 9, 2010

RUSTON, La. - The largest championship event in the Western Athletic Conference heads to Ruston this week as Louisiana Tech hosts the WAC Track and Field Championships on May 12-15 at the Jim Mize Track Facility. In anticipation of that, LATechSports.com offers this preview of the men's championships.

The Wednesday and Thursday schedule will include the decathlon for men and the heptathlon for women, with each day's action starting at 1 p.m. On Friday at 12:30 p.m. the women's pole vault and men's hammer throw will be the first field events and running competition will get underway at 3 p.m. with the steeplechase.

Saturday's events will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the men's pole vault and the women's hammer throw while the running events will open at 5 p.m. with the men's 4x100m relay.

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Louisiana Tech Athletics would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to this meet: Blue Bell, City of Ruston, Coke, Dawg House Sports Grill, Ponchatoula's, Ruston-Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ryan's Steakhouse, Super 1 Foods, and WOW Café & Wingery.

For complete coverage of Louisiana Tech Track and Field, please visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.

Predicted Order of Finish (based upon current season-best marks)
1. Utah State 191
2. Louisiana Tech 138
3. Boise State 132
4. Idaho 99
5. Fresno State 84

Boise State Broncos
Strengths: Jumps, Throws, Multi-Events
What to Watch: Zacharias Arnos is ranked third in the nation in the triple jump (53-9.75) and 17th in the nation in the long jump (25-4). Trevor Kraychir is ranked 33rd in the nation in the hammer throw (204-1). Kurt Feliz is ranked 25th in the nation in the decathlon (7,220).
About the Broncos: Boise State fields a team that is talented in the jumps, throws and multis and will challenge Utah State and Louisiana Tech. The Broncos will need everyone else but Utah State to perform well and hope they can overcome the home crowd advantage that LA Tech will have.


 

 

Fresno State Bulldogs
Strengths: Middle Distance, Distance
What to Watch: Paul Zwama is ranked 15th in the nation in the 3k (8:22.59). Val Pierre Dei'Re is ranked 17th in the nation in the 400m hurdles (50.74).
About the Bulldogs: Fresno State's athletes are good; there just aren't a lot of them. The California Bulldogs will need to score high in the middle distance and distance races and hope everyone in front of them beats up on one another.

Idaho Vandals
Strengths:
Throws, Hurdles, Pole Vault
What to Watch: James Rogan is ranked eighth in the nation in the hammer throw (221-7). Paul Dittmer is ranked 27th in the nation in the 110m hurdles (13.87). Beau Whitney is ranked 32nd in the nation in the hammer throw (205-1).
About the Vandals: Idaho is a team that had a strong showing at the indoor meet but the outdoor meet, with several more events, could be a challenge. The Vandals have several athletes that are projected to finish second and third in their respective events - if those athletes can finish first and second, the Vandals could steal a lot of points away from teams in front of them and with no significant strengths in the running events, the Louisiana humidity might not be as much of a factor for the Vandals as it will for the other teams.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Strengths:
Sprints, Relays, Throws
What to Watch: Albert Fullwood is ranked 36th in the nation in the 400m (46.49) and 40th in the nation in the 100m (20.93) and was named to Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd earlier this year. Larry Jones is ranked 17th in the nation in the discus (185-1). Tech's 4x100m and 4x400m relays are ranked in the top 50 in the nation.
About the Bulldogs: As usual, Louisiana Tech is expected to dominate the sprints and relays and Tech has a chance to put up some points in the throws if Larry Jones, Shaun Haughton and Justin Martin have a big meet. The Bulldogs don't have a large roster but they are talented in several events. Tech also has a chance to score some points in the middle distance with the darkhorse trio of Alwayne Green, Jermaine Morris and Matt Wolfe. The biggest advantage for Tech will be not having to adjust to the heat and humidity of the South that the mountainous teams will never have encountered before.

Utah State Aggies
Strengths:
Distance, Sprints, Jumps, Depth
What to Watch: Clint Silcock is ranked second in the nation in the high jump (7-5). Steve Strickland is ranked sixth in the nation in the steeplechase (8:42.97). Nick Karren is ranked 16th in the nation in the 400m hurdles (50.70). Brian McKenna is ranked 25th in the nation in the 10k (29:00.76).
About the Aggies: Utah State is the most talented and deep team of any WAC men's track and field program with four athletes ranked in the top 25 in the nation in their respective events. But how will the Aggies adjust to the heat and humidity of Louisiana in mid-May? If Utah State's talented distance runners and jumpers can rise above the heat and humidity of Louisiana, they should be the favorite to win the men's title.

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