Armstrong Claims 10K Title
May 12, 2016

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CLOVIS, Calif. Elijah Armstrong became the first freshman to win the men’s 10,000-meter run at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships since 2001, capturing the title with a time of 30:08.25 Thursday night at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif. The freshman is the first Boise State athlete on the men’s side to win a 10,000-meter Mountain West title in school history.

“It was a big breakthrough for him,” head coach Corey Ihmels said on Armstrong’s race. “Tonight he showed his true potential. He raced savvy, was smart, and obviously beat a very good opponent from Air Force. Exciting finish, fantastic to watch, happy for him to make some more progress.”

The Pocatello, Idaho native stalked the lead pack for the first 10 laps of the race, and eventually moved into the top eight at the 6k mark. He stuck with the pace and was in perfect position with two laps to go, toe-to-toe with Air Force All-American Patrick Corona.

The freshman and the senior separated themselves from the rest of the field entering the last lap, with less than a couple meters separating the two in the final 100 meters. Armstrong found another gear down the stretch to sprint his way past Corona and lean his way to the title at the finish line.

“I felt really good,” Armstrong said. “I trusted what coach said and I trusted myself coming into the finish. Coach Ihmels knows what he is talking about.”

But it didn’t stop there for the Broncos. Fellow freshman Miler Haller was fifth thanks to a 30:19.12, and Louis McAfee also made the podium with a seventh-place finish after crossing the line in 30:22.51. In total, the Broncos picked up 16 points in the event to move into second place in the team standings on the men’s side.

“I thought Miler did an awesome job, and Louis really had his best race as a Boise State athlete,” Ihmels said. “I told those guys before the race that for them to be dominant on the distance side and looking forward to cross country, they needed to come out tonight and make some noise, and I thought they did that.”

Chandler Austin (31:10.11) was just outside the top 10, taking 11th, and Rhys Park (33:47.44) was 21st.

Gracie Tostenson competed in the women’s 10,000-meters, but was unable to finish the race.

The championships will resume tomorrow with the women’s hammer throw at 3:30 p.m. (PT).

Italics denotes a PR

10,000m | 1. Elijah Armstrong – 30:08.25, 5. Miler Haller – 30:19.12, 7. Louis McAfee – 30:22.51, 11. Chandler Austin – 31:10.11 and 21. Rhys Park – 33:47.44

10,000m | Gracie Tostenson – DNF

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