The Boise State track and field team can earn some valuable experience and build momentum for 2014 at this week's NCAA West Preliminary Round meet in Austin, Texas.
The Broncos have tied the school record by qualifying 20 athletes - 10 men, 10 women - to the meet, which runs Thursday through Saturday.
The top 48 athletes and top 24 relay teams in each of two regions were invited to the West and East preliminary meets. The top 12 athletes and top 12 relay teams at each meet advance to the NCAA Championships, which are June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
"The program is just starting to come into its own," Boise State interim coach Jeff Petersmeyer said. "We think next year is going to be even better."
Four Broncos enter the preliminary meet ranked in the top 15 in the West in their events: junior Jordin Andrade (No. 5, 400-meter hurdles), junior Emma Bates (No. 13, 10,000), junior Daveon Collins (No. 6, 200; No. 15, 100) and junior Matt Post (No. 8, hammer).
Petersmeyer hopes to get those four, and perhaps a few more, qualified for Eugene.
"(Those four) are gamers," he said. "We kind of see that when we're coaching. We don't try to peak for the conference meet. We're training through conference. This is when they're ready to shine."
Only five of the 20 participants are seniors.
Andrade and Collins, who will run on Boise State's No. 21 4x400 relay team, are junior college transfers who joined the team this season.
"We have a lot of first-timers here," Petersmeyer said. " There's a really talented group we have coming in next year. It's nice to have leadership coming back."
Other qualifiers include senior Taryn Campos (200, 4x100), senior Jeff Daw (4x400), sophomore David Elliott (5,000), junior Mackenzie Flannigan (100, 200, 4x100), senior Destiny Gammage (4x100), sophomore Austin Hamilton (javelin), junior Shannon Jacobs (4x100), junior and Meridian High grad Justin Malnes (110 hurdles), junior Rici Morrill (1,500), junior Tessa Murray (5,000), junior Drew O'donoghue-McDonald (1,500), senior Alyssa Osai (hammer), senior Heather Pilcher (long jump, 4x100), sophomore Bret Scheve (400 hurdles, 4x400), sophomore Marisa VanderMalle (3,000 steeplechase) and junior Zach Wiles (3,000 steeplechase). Bates also qualified for the 5,000.
The Vandals' 14 participants in the West meet include Timberline High grad Lauren Schaffer (800), Hannah Kiser (No. 4, 5,000), Liga Velvere (No. 13, 400 hurdles), Sarah Nutsch (hammer), Ellen Rouse (javelin), Tayler Feinauer (javelin), Ben Ayesu-Attah (400), Barry Britt (5,000), Jesse Villines (400 hurdles), Jeremy Klas (pole vault), Caldwell High grad Matt Sullivan (pole vault), Eagle High grad Kyle Rothwell (hammer), Ugis Svazs (No. 4, javelin) and Mike Marshall (javelin).
The six Bengals in Texas for the regionals are Mike Arnold (pole vault), Hayli Worthington (400 hurdles), Bradi Hutchison (10,000, 5,000), Bryce Jenkins (3,000 steeplechase), Caitlin Maulin (pole vault) and Chloe Palakovich (800).