Corey Ihmels
Corey  Ihmels

Head Coach


Ostrander Goes Back-To-Back!

Allie Ostrander left no doubt as to who the class of the NCAA is in the women's 3,000m steeplechase, winning the event for the second-straight season in 9:39.28


Ostrander Qualifies, O'Brien Takes 12th

Clare O'Brien ran well and took 12th in the 10,000m while Allie Ostrander easily advanced in the 3,000m steeplechase Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships


Boise State Will Send Five to Eugene

Alexis Fuller (1,500m) locked up her first trip to nationals while Allie Ostrander (5,000m) punched another ticket to Eugene Saturday night at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships


Women's 10K Brings In 15 Points

A trio of Broncos - Clare O'Brien (3rd), Gracie Tostenson (4th) and Emily Venters (5th) - excelled in the 10,000m Thursday night at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships


Fuller Grabs 1,500m School Record

Alexis Fuller ran the best race of her career Friday night at the Bryan Clay Invitational, clocking a 4:12.56 for the second-fastest 1,500m time in Mountain West history


Bronco Weekly: Track and Field

Coach Ihmels previews the upcoming NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships


Track and Field

Bronco Weekly with Coach Ihmels previewing the MW Outdoor Track and Field Championships


Bronco Weekly: Track & Field

Bronco Weekly: Track & Field - Jan. 30, 2014


Season Opener Highlights

2013 Jacksons Open and Multis recap and highlights


MW Outdoor Track and Field Championships

MW Outdoor Track and Field Championships (5-11-2018)


2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships

2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships (June 7-10)


Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 10-13)


Border Clash (April 28-29)

Border Clash (April 28-29)

email Corey Ihmels

After four years at the helm of the Boise State track and field and cross country programs, head coach Corey Ihmels and the Broncos have steadily climbed the national ranks along with establishing themselves as a force in the Mountain West. 2016-17 was a banner year for Boise State as the men’s cross country team captured the Mountain West championships and Allie Ostrander won the 3,000m steeplechase national title.

Below is a list of some of the program’s accomplishments in Ihmels’ four seasons at Boise State:

Mountain West Championship
Men's Cross Country (2016)

Individual National Champions 
Emma Bates (2014) – 10,000m
Allie Ostrander (2017) – 3,000m Steeplechase

Mountain West Athlete of the Year Awards
Emma Bates (2x, 2013 and 2014)

Individual National Runner-ups
Emma Bates (2014) – XC
Marisa Howard (2014) – 3,000m Steeplechase
Jordin Andrade (2015) – 400m Hurdles
Allie Ostrander (2015) – XC

Mountain West Student-Athlete of the Year Awards (Sport Specific) 
Allie Ostrander (3x, 2015 XC, 2016 Indoor and 2017 Outdoor)
Emma Bates (2x, 2014 XC and 2014 Outdoor)
David Elliott (2x, 2014 XC and 2016 Indoor)
Yusuke Uchikoshi (2016 XC)

30 All-Americans 
7 in cross country, 23 in track and field

8th Place at 2014 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Best finish at an NCAA Championship for any women’s team at Boise State in school history

11th Place at 2014 Women’s Cross Country Championships
First appearance to NCAA Nationals for the women’s team in school history

T13th Place at 2017 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships

33 Individual Mountain West Championships
5 in cross country, 28 in track and field

112 All-Mountain West Honorees
23 in cross country, 89 in track and field

Marisa Howard finished her collegiate career as the sixth-fastest 3,000m steeplechaser in NCAA history after running a 9:37.84 at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Emma Bates wrapped up her storied career as the 10th-fastest 10,000m runner in NCAA history after clocking a 32:13.28 at the 2015 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.

Allie Ostrander currently holds both the indoor 3,000m (8:54.27) and indoor 5,000m (15:21.85) Mountain West records. Ostrander’s 3k time is the 10th-fastest 3k time in the indoor all-time collegiate record book (regardless of track size), while her 5k time is the 13th-fastest. The native of Kenai, Alaska also took eighth in the 5,000m (15:24.74) at the 2016 USATF Olympic Team Trials.

Prior to coming to Boise State, Ihmels spent the previous six seasons (2007-13) as the head coach of the cross country and track and field programs at his alma mater, Iowa State. The two-time Big 12 Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year enjoyed similar success with the Cyclones:

7 Individual National Champions

9 Individual National Runner-ups

67 All-Americans

2 Big 12 Team Conference Championships

6 Top-10 Team Finishes at the NCAA Championships

38 Individual Big 12 Champions

400+ Big 12 All-Conference Honorees

In addition to his accomplishments on the Big 12 and NCAA level, Ihmels helped two athletes at Iowa State compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics:

  • Lisa (Koll) Uhl  competed for the United States and took 13th (31:12.80) in the 10,000m.
  • Guor Marial competed as an Independent Olympic Athlete and took 47th (2:19.32) in the marathon.

Four of Ihmels' athletes from Iowa State also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics

  • Betsy Saina competed for Kenya and took 5th (30:07.78) in the 10,000m
  • Hillary Bor competed for the United States and took 7th (8:22.74) in the 3,000m Steeplchase
  • Mohamed Hrezi competed for Libya, taking 77th (2:21.17) in the marathon.
  • Guor Marial competed for South Sudan in the marathon, taking 82nd (2:22.74).

Three Cyclone athletes exited Iowa State having held positions in the Top-Ten All-Time NCAA Performance List in the 10,000m and 5,000m:


  •  Lisa (Koll) Uhl – No. 1
  • Betsy Saina No. 3
  • Meaghan Nelson No. 7


  • Betsy Saina – No. 6
  • Lisa (Koll) Uhl – No. 8

Prior to becoming head coach at Iowa State, he served as the head men's cross country coach and assistant track and field coach for the Cyclones for five years. He joined the Cyclones from Arizona State, where he worked as a graduate assistant coach from 2000-01. Ihmels, a six-time All-American long-distance runner for Iowa State and the 1997 Big 12 Conference Indoor Athlete of the Year, was a member of the Cyclones' 1994 NCAA championship cross country team.

He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Iowa State in 1997, and a master's of education in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State in 2001. He and his wife Michelle have two children, son Wil and daughter Ruby.

As a prep running out of Williston HS, Ihmels won the 1991 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships - one of the most prestigious national prep cross country events in the country.


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