Bronco Trio Heads To Nationals
June 6, 2016

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David Elliott, Minttu Hukka and Brenna Peloquin will represent Boise State this week at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field from June 8-11. Elliott will compete in the 1,500 meters, Hukka will run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Peloquin will double in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters.

Athletes qualified by placing in the top 12 of their respective events at the East and West Preliminary Championships. In total, 24 competitors (12 from each preliminary) will be competing in each event at nationals.

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BRONCO SCHEDULE (All Times are Pacific)
4:46 p.m. | David Elliott -- 1,500m (Semifinal)

5:02 p.m. | Minttu Hukka -- 3,000m Steeplechase (Semifinal)
7:08 p.m. | Brenna Peloquin -- 10,000m (Final)

5:42 p.m. | David Elliott -- 1,500m (Final)

3:54 p.m. | Minttu Hukka -- 3,000m Steeplechase (Final)
5:25 p.m. | Brenna Peloquin -- 5,000m (Final)

WHAT GOT THEM HERE: Peloquin was the first Bronco to punch her ticket to nationals at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round in Lawrence, Kan., two weekends ago. The freshman first ran in the 10,000 meters, finishing in seventh place thanks to a time of 34:25.45 to guarantee her spot in Eugene. She followed it up a day later with a third-place performance in the first heat of the 5K (16:09.14), securing her second spot at nationals.

Hukka was the next to solidify a qualifier after she took third in the first heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Finland native ran a season-best 10:13.48 en route to booking her first-career outdoor nationals appearance.

Elliott -- a redshirt senior -- had to completely expend himself in the last 100 meters of the 1,500-meter run, leaning his way to a top-two finish in the second heat to guarantee his second-consecutive appearance in the event at nationals. He ran a 3:46.46, just .007 seconds ahead of the third-place runner.

POTENTIAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEXT: If any of the three Broncos are to win a national title, they would become the 10th individual national champion in school history. Track and field occupies seven of those individual national championships, with the most recent coming in 2014 when Emma Bates won the 10,000m. Gabe Wallin -- the only Bronco to win more than one championship -- claimed two titles in the javelin in 2004 and 2005.

ELLIOTT'S PLACE IN SCHOOL HISTORY: With already three career All-America honors between indoor and outdoor track and field, Elliott is on the cusp of becoming the sixth Bronco in men's track and field history to attain four All-America honors over the course of his career. The Puyallup, Wash., native would be the first men's distance specialist to accomplish the feat in school history.

He would join five other four-time All-Americans; Ryan Grinnell (long jump, triple jump and long jump), Mark Hoxmeier (discus and shot put), Jake Jacoby (high jump), Steven Muse (shot put and discus) and Jarred Rome (discus and shot put). Rome (1997-2000) has the most honors on the men's side with six.

PELOQUIN GENERATING BUZZ: Peloquin will be the only women's freshman competing in the 10K field at nationals this week. She will also become the third Boise State women's runner in school history to compete in the 10,000-meter run at nationals. The Gig Harbor, Wash., native will be the second Bronco freshman to race in the 10K, joining Abby Peters, who took seventh place and earned All-America status in 2000.

HUKKA MAKING STRIDES: Hukka will become the first women's freshman in school history to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at nationals. She will be the second Boise State women's athlete to run in the event, joining Marisa Howard who ran in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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