Bronco Men Check In at No. 17
March 16, 2016


The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced their updated standings for the Program of the Year Award, and the Boise State men's track and field and cross country team entered the standings as the No. 17 team in the country.

The Broncos are the only Mountain West program and just one of four mid-majors to appear in the top 20 on the men's side.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team's finish at each NCAA Championship in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, 31st = 31 points) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award recipient.

The men's team began the year by taking 16th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships with 435 points. Freshman Elijah Armstrong (30:43.9) was the fastest competitor for the Broncos, making him the fifth-fastest freshman in the field. Michael Vennard (30:54.2) and Louis McAfee (30:58.2) were close behind in 93rd and 99th place, respectively. Rhys Park (31:08.5) was the fourth scorer for Boise State in 120th place, and Addison Dehaven (31:33.9) rounded out the day for the Blue and Orange thanks to a 167th-place finish.

Just last weekend, redshirt David Elliott earned four points for Boise State at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a fifth-place performance in the mile. The Puyallup, Wash., native recorded a time of 4:07.16 to help the Broncos finish 44th in the team standings. He also took 13th in the 3,000m after clocking an 8:16.63.

The Broncos will begin their outdoor season on April 1-2 in Stanford, Calif., at the Stanford Invitational.

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