Ihmels Signs 12 Women to 2014-15 Class
Head Coach Corey Ihmels

June 4, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State Cross Country and Track and Field teams will officially welcome its recruiting class to campus for the 2014-15 academic year in just a few months. Today's release will highlight the incoming women, and in the coming weeks the men will be recognized in a separate release.

12 women will compete for the Broncos in what will be Corey Ihmels' second year as head coach of both the cross country and track and field programs. This incoming class of women will represent six different states (California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming) and two foreign countries (Finland and Canada). Together, they have amassed 26 individual and team state titles throughout their high school careers.

"Our staff has done an outstanding job in successfully recruiting all of these athletes here to Boise State," Ihmels said. "We expect all of our incoming athletes to make substantial contributions both athletically and academically. They are an elite and talented group who will begin to make a positive impact on our program right away."

Anne Brinegar
Cody, Wyo. - Cody High School

Cross Country: 3 Mile - 17:50 | 5k - 18:40
Track and Field: 800m - 2:19 | 1,600m - 5:09 | 3,200m - 11:04

Brinegar blew away the competition her freshman year of high school in Wyoming and won the WHSAA 3A State Track and Field Championship in the 800m, 1,600m and 3,200m. She repeated in both the 800m and the 1,600m her sophomore year, and placed second in the 3,200m. On the cross country side, Brinegar is a four-time all-state honoree with second-place finishes in her freshman and sophomore years, an eighth-place finish her junior year and a fourth-place finish her senior year. She also placed 22nd at the Nike Cross Country Northwest Regional her senior year.

Charlotte Corless
Portland, Ore. - Sunset High School

Cross Country: 5k - 17:52
Track and Field: 800m - 2:22 | 1,500m - 4:51 | 3k - 10:15

Corless steadily progressed throughout her career at Sunset High School. Her sophomore year she took 29th at the OSAA 6A State Cross Country Championships and 89th at the Nike Cross Country Northwest Regional in the 5,000m. As a junior she placed eighth in the state cross country championships. Corless finished fourth individually as a senior and helped Sunset High School capture the state championship. She attended the Nike Cross Country Northwest Regionals as a senior and placed 27th. In track and field, Corless took first in the 3,000m and fourth in the 1,500m at the OSAA 6A Track and Field Championships her senior year.

Ali Deitsch
Monument, Colo. - Palmer Ridge High School

Cross Country: 5k - 18:10
Track and Field: 400m - 58.4 | 800m - 2:12 | 1,600m - 4:59

Deitsch took third her freshman year and sixth her sophomore year in the CHSAA 4A Cross Country State Championships. Her sophomore year on the track brought her a second-place finish in the 800m and a sixth-place finish in the 1,600m at the CHSAA 4A Track and Field State Championships. As a junior, Deitsch placed fourth in the state cross country championships and third in both the 800m and the 1,600m at the state track and field championships. This past year she placed third in the state cross country championships and took ninth in the Nike Cross Country Southwest Regional. She also notched two top-three finishes at the state track and field championships: third place in the 1,600m and second place in the 800m.

Sarah Hastings
Central Point, Ore. - Crater High School/University of Montana

Cross Country: 6k - 21:38
Track and Field: 1,500m - 4:38 | Mile - 4:57 | 3,000m - 10:06 | 5,000m - 17:14

Hastings attended the University of Montana from 2012-14 and was an Academic All-Big Sky Conference honoree in both the indoor and outdoor seasons of the 2012-13 season. She finished 35th at the 2013 Big Sky Cross Country Conference Championships and fourth in the 3,000m at the 2014 Big Sky Track and Field Conference Championships. Before Montana, she ran her prep cross country and track and field at Crater High School in Central, Ore. Her senior year she placed fourth in the Oregon State 6A Cross Country Championships and sixth in the 3,000m at the Oregon State 6A Track and Field Championships, giving her first team all-state selections in both sports.

Sadi Henderson
Corvallis, Mont. - Corvallis High School

Cross Country: 3 Mile - 17:42
Track and Field: 800m - 2:13 | 400m - 55.57 | 200m - 25.56 | 100m - 12.55 | 4x400m - 3:54.24 | 4x100m - 49.64

Henderson won titles at the Montana Class A State Track Meet her freshman year in the 400m, the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay. She repeated as state champion in the 4x400m relay her sophomore year and also won the state cross country championship. Her junior year she continued her dominance and won state titles in cross country, the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay in track and field. She topped off a successful career her senior year with a third-straight state cross country title, giving her a total of nine state titles in her high school career.

Emma Hyyppä
Finland - Salpausselan lukio

Track and Field: 800m - 2:18 |1,500m - 4:38 |3,000m - 9:55 | 3,000m Steeplechase - 10:22 | 10,000m - 36:15

Hyyppä represented Finland at the European Junior Championships in 2013 and competed in the 3,000m steeplechase. Later that year she competed in the 4k at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Most recently she won two gold medals at the Finland National Junior Championships in the indoor 1,500m and the outdoor 10,000m. She also placed second in the 800m. In her earlier years, Hyyppä amassed five bronze medals at various Finland National Junior Championships in the 800m, 1,500m, 2,000m and the cross country 4k.

Zanae Jones
Las Vegas, Nev. - Arbor View High School

Cross Country: 3 Mile - 17:47 | 5k - 19:10
Track and Field: 800m - 2:18 | 1,600m - 5:14

Jones' recorded three different top-five finishes her junior year at the NIAA State Championships: fifth place in the 800m, third place in the 1,600m and third place in the 3,200m. As a senior, Jones finished fourth individually in the state cross country championships and helped her team win the state title. She continued to produce consistent performances at this year's state track and field championships when she took sixth in both the 3,200m and the 800m, seventh in the 1,600m and third in the 4x800m.

Kelsi Lasota
Estes Park, Colo. - Estes Park High School

Cross Country: 5k - 18:36
Track and Field: 400m - 1:03 | 800m - 2:19 | 1,600m - 5:06 | 3,200m - 11:11

Her freshman year she began her high school career by placing 28th in the CHSAA 3A Cross Country State Championships. She rolled into the outdoor track and field season and won the CHSAA 3A Track and Field 4x800m Relay State Championship, took ninth in the 1,600m and placed fourth in the 3,200m. She followed that up her sophomore year with a ninth-place finish in the state cross country championships. On the track side, she earned third-place finishes in the 800m and the 1,600m, a fourth-place finish in the 3,200m and a runner-up finish with her 4x800m relay team. Lasota continued to make improvements in her junior year and took third in the state cross country championships. She carried that momentum into the track season and placed third in the 3,200m, fifth in both the 800m and the 1,600m, and eighth in the 4x800m. Her senior year she placed fourth in the state cross country championships and recorded two state track and field titles in the 800m and the 1,600m to cap off a notable high school career.

Julia Nikonorova
Ottawa, Ontario - University of Ottawa

Cross Country: 4k - 14:28 | 5k - 17:32 | 6k - 21:27
Track and Field: 1,500m - 4:36 | 3,000m - 9:50 | 5,000m - 17:30

Nikonorova comes to Boise State from the University of Ontario where she competed on both the cross country and track and field teams. Nikonorova placed fifth at the 2011 Junior Canadian Championships in the 3,000m and first at the 2011 Ontario Championships in the 5,000m. She placed seventh in the 2012 Ottawa Physio Race in the 5k and took 45th in the 2012 CIS Cross Country Championships.

Katriel O'Reilly
Union, Ore. - Union High School

Track and Field: 1,500m - 4:53 | 3,000m - 10:39 | 5,000m - 19:03

O'Reilly carved out a successful career for herself in cross country and track and field during her time at Union High School. In cross country she amassed three runner-up finishes and one state title in the 5k at the OSAA 2A Cross Country State Championships over a four-year span. In track and field she finished first in the 3,000m and second in the 1,500m at the OSAA 2A Track and Field State Championships as a freshman. Her sophomore year she won state titles in both the 1,500m and the 3,000m. She won the 1,500m again her junior year and placed second in the 3,000m. This past track and field season, O'Reilly showed her versatility and place third in the 800m at the state track and field championships.

Gracie Tostenson
Central Point, Ore. - Crater High School

Cross Country: 5k - 18:12
Track and Field: 3,000m - 10:11 |1,500m - 4:46 | 800m - 2:20

Tostenson finished in 26th place as a freshman in the Oregon State 6A Cross Country Championships. She improved on that finish her sophomore year and placed seventh. As a junior, Tostenson took 18th in the state cross country championships and eighth in the 3,000m at the track and field state championships. She recorded her best finish in the state cross country championships as a senior with a third-place finish. Tostenson ended her high school career with two top-five finishes at the state track and field championships: third place in the 1,500m and fifth in the 3,000m.

Karla Vernola
Simi Valley, Calif. - Simi Valley High School/Moorpark Community College

Cross Country: 5k - 17:38
Track and Field: 3,000m steeplechase - 10:49

Vernola graduated from Simi Valley High School in 2012. She assisted in multiple league championships and the first CIF title in school history. She went to Moorpark Community College for two years and began seriously running the 3,000m steeplechase. Vernola recorded several top-ten finishes in the 3,000m steeplechase her first year at Moorpark CC, two of which came at the Occidental Distance Carnival (seventh place) and the Coast Invite (second place). She built on those performances her second year and recorded a fourth-place finish at the California JC State Championship. Vernola has received All-American honors at every junior college state meet that she has competed at.


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