Broncos Add 16 Men to 2014-15 Class
Head coach Corey Ihmels

July 15, 2014

The Boise State track and field and cross country programs will welcome 16 men to the class of 2014-15. The Bronco men will join the 12 women who were announced last month. This incoming class hails from five different states and six different countries, and has garnered 13 state and national titles throughout their youth campaigns.

“Our program is excited about the incoming men's class who will represent Boise State,” said head coach Corey Ihmels. “These student-athletes are a very talented group who have the drive to make an instant impact to this team and move us forward as a program on the conference and national levels. Each of them has had the opportunity to compete at a very high level in the US and around the World. This experience aids in their development and training this coming year.”

Riley Campbell
Tahoma, Wash. – Tahoma High School

Cross Country: 5k – 15:28
Track and Field: 1,600m – 4:19 | 3,200m – 9:30

Campbell placed 17th in the WIAA 4A Cross Country State Championships his junior year at Tahoma High School. Campbell capped off a successful junior campaign with a 20th-place finish at the 2013 Nike Cross Country Northwest Regionals. He followed that performance up his senior year with a career-best 15:28.09 in the 5k at the state cross country championships, good for eighth place. In track, Campbell steadily improved his senior year and recorded career-best performances in the 1,600m (4:19) and the 3,200m (9:30) at the WCD 4A Meet. He wrapped up a solid senior year and took 15th at the WIAA 4A Track and Field State Championships in the 3,200m.

Jack Curran
Queensland, Australia

Track and Field: 800m – 1:54 | 1,500m – 3:51 | 3,000m – 8:15 | 5,000m – 14:09 | 10,000m – 30:35

Curran hails from Brisbane, Queensland and has been running on the Australian national stage since 2007. Curran began his career by claiming the National Age Cross Country Champion in 2007. He followed that with a National Age 1,500m Championship in 2008 and another cross country title in 2009. He repeated in the 1,500m in 2009 and won titles in the 3,000m in 2008 and 2009. Most recently, Curran earned his third 1,500m title of his career in 2011 and won the Australian World Cross Country Trials in 2013. He moved on to the Junior men’s race at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and placed 48th against the best junior competition in the world.

Corey De ‘Ath
Greenhithe, England – Tonbridge Athletic Club

Track and Field: 1,500m – 3:55 | 3,000m – 8:35

De ‘Ath was the Under 17 Kent Country Cross Country Champion and represented Kent County at the English School Cross Country and Track and Field Championships. He was the only English athlete to compete at the Euro Cross Trials at Liverpool in 2012. De ‘Ath took fifth at the 2013 UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and led his Kent County team to first place finishes at the Inter Counties Championships and the English Schools Championships. His club team, Tonbridge AC, won the Kent County and National Cross Country Championships. Most recently, he represented South East England at the Home Countries International meet in cross country.

Kyle Kelley
Las Vegas, Nev. – Bishop Gorman High School

Track and Field: 300m Hurdles – 38.13

Kelley excelled in a variety of events while competing for Bishop Gorman High School. He made his first appearance at the NIAA Nevada State Championships his sophomore year and placed seventh in the long jump. In his junior year, he qualified for the state championships in the triple jump and took fifth. Kelley followed that performance with a senior year that saw him record personal-best marks at the state championships in the triple jump, long jump and 300m hurdles. He improved upon his previous year’s triple jump performance and placed second. In addition, he took fifth in the long jump and captured second place in the 300m hurdles.

Jeff Lautenslager
Nelson, New Zealand

Track and Field: 1,500m – 3:58 | 3,000m – 8:41

Lautenslager began competitive running in 2009 with Athletics Nelson and the National Academy of Distance Running. He won a silver medal in the 3,000m at the 2011 New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships. Two years later he won a bronze medal at the 2013 New Zealand Junior 3,000m Championships and a silver medal in the 1,500m at the M18 2013 New Zealand Track and Field Championships. This past year he won a couple of bronze medals at the 2014 New Zealand Junior 3,000m Championships and in the 1,500m at the M20 2014 New Zealand Track and Field Championships. Lautenslager’s father, Greg, ran for Texas Tech University and competed in four U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. His mother, Debbie, won New Zealand titles in the 5,000m and the 10,000m and represented New Zealand in five World Cross Country Championships.

Fernando Martinez
Mexico

Track and Field: 400m hurdles – 50.44 | 400m – 46.92

Martinez joined the Broncos for the outdoor season and made an immediate impact in the 400m hurdles. He took second at the Oregon Relays with a 53.25 and fourth at the BYU Invitational (52.24). Martinez made history and ran the second-fastest 400m hurdles time in school history at the Idaho-Utah Border Clash when he finished second with a 50.44. He continued his momentum the following week at the MW Championships and won the MW title in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.83. The following week, Martinez competed in the West Preliminaries and placed 40th with a 52.95. Prior to Boise State, he competed in the 400m at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona. He also took 30th at the 2012 Mt. SAC Relays in the 400m hurdles.

Louis McAfee
Queensland, Australia – Anglican Church Grammar School

Track and Field: 1,500m – 3:55 | 3,000m – 8:30 | 5,000m – 14:44

McAfee joins Jack Curran as another Australian native who will join the Broncos all the way from Brisbane, Queensland. He ran for the QE2 Track Club and has earned two state titles in the 1,500m and one in the 5,000m. On the national stage, McAfee pulled down a silver medal at the 2013 Australian National Track and Field Championships in the 3,000m. He and Curran have proved to be two of the best junior distance runners in not only Queensland, but the entire country of Australia.

Keegan McCormick
Kennewick, Wash. – Kamiakin High School

Cross Country: 3 Mile – 15:00 | 5k – 15:18
Track and Field: 1,600m – 4:23.95 | 3,200m – 9:26.43

McCormick took 22nd his sophomore year at the 3A WIAA State Cross Country Championships and competed in the 2012 Nike Cross Country Northwest Regionals. He battled through injuries and illness his junior year to emerge back into high levels of competition his senior year. He took 33rd at the state cross country championships his senior year and competed in the Nike Cross Country Northwest Regionals for the second time in his prep career. McCormick recorded numerous top-ten finishes in track and field throughout his senior year, including five second-place finishes in the 1,600m, the 3,000m and the 3,200m at several different meets.

Dan Oekerman
Portland, Ore. – Beaverton High School/University of Oregon

Track and Field:  1,500m – 3:55 | 3,000m – 8:28

Oekerman competed for the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Oregon from 2013-14. Prior to Oregon, Oekerman ran for Beaverton High School and took third in 2011 at the Oregon 6A State Cross Country Championships. The next year, he improved on his third-place finish and took second at the state cross country championships. On the track, Oekerman claimed the Oregon 6A State Track and Field 3,000m Championship as a junior. He came back as a senior and finished third in the state at both the 1,500m and the 3,000m.

Rhys Park
Gloucestershire, England – Cheltenham

Track and Field: 1,500m – 3:58 | 5,000m – 14:38 | 10,000m – 31:34

Park joined the Broncos in January and competed in the outdoor portion of the track and field season. He had a career-best time in the 1,500m at the Border Clash (3:58.63) and placed fourth. Park recorded his fastest 5,000m time of the year when he ran a 14:38.40 at the Stanford Invite. He competed at the MW Championships in both the 5,000m and the 10,000m. Prior to Boise State, Park raced in the UK Cross Country Championships and also won the 2011 London Duathalon Challenge, which at the time was the largest run-bike-run race in the world.

Andrew Rafla
Boise, Idaho – Timberline High School

Cross Country: 5k – 15:18
Track and Field: 800m – 1:55 | 1,600m – 4:10 | 3,200m – 8:50

Andrew Rafla has already made himself known to many Bronco fans through his achievements at the highest level of prep cross country and track and field in the state of Idaho. Rafla claimed the Idaho 5A State Cross Country Championship this past year in the 5k, and then competed in the 2013 Nike Cross Country Northwest Regionals and placed third in a highly competitive field. In track and field, Rafla placed second in both the 1,600m and the 3,200m when he was a junior at the Idaho 5A State Track and Field Championships. His senior year, Rafla avenged both of his second-place finishes from the previous year and claimed the 1,600m and the 3,200m state titles, including a career-best time in the 1,600m (4:10).

Ozomatli Rojas
Whittier, Calif. – California High School

Cross Country: 3 Mile – 15:12
Track and Field: 1,600m – 4:23 | 3,200m – 9:15 | 5,000m – 15:09

Rojas helped California High School to a runner-up finish in the 2012 California State Cross Country Championship by placing 45th in the 5k with a time of 15:56. The runner-up finish advanced his team to the Nike Cross Nationals where he came in 147th individually and his team finished 20th. Rojas was named the Del Rio Cross Country League Champion in 2013 when he recorded a career-best, 15:12 in the 3 mile. Last year he was the Redondo Champion Track and Field Champion in the 3,200m.

Alex Rotteveel
Roseville, Calif. – Woodcreek High School

Track and Field: 100m – 10.90 | 200m – 21.90

As a junior, Rotteveel took third in the 100m, 11th in the 200m and second as a member of the 4x100m relay team for Woodcreek High School at the SFL Championships. He qualified to the Sac Joaquin Section D1 Finals in the 100m (30th place) and the 4x100m relay (seventh place). His senior year he advanced all the way to the Sac Joaquin Section Masters Finals in the 100m and the 200m, where he placed eighth and fifth, respectively. The highlight of his senior year, however, came as a member of Woodcreek’s 4x100m relay team. Rotteveel won the 4x100m CIF State Championship and helped lead his relay team to first-place finishes in thirteen of the fifteen meets he competed in during the 2014 season.

Alexandru Terpezan
Romania

Track and Field: 60m – 6.98 | 100m – 10.61 | 21.35 – 200m

Terpezan joined the Broncos for the outdoor portion of the season and competed in the 100m and the 200m. He improved both his 100m and 200m times every week he competed for Boise State. Terpezan took seventh at the Oregon Relays with a 21.91 in the 200m. The following week he ran a 21.70 in the 200m and a 10.88 in the 100m at the Idaho-Utah Border Clash, giving him two sixth-place finishes. He ran his fastest 100m and 200m times of the season at the MW Championships when he clocked a 10.66 for 11th place in the 100m and a 21.43 for sixth place in the 200m. Before his time at Boise State, Terpezan won the 2013 Romanian Track and Field Championships in the 200m when he ran a 21.37.

Michael Vennard
Cheshire, England – Vale Royal Club

Track and Field: 3,000m Steeplechase – 9:05 | 3,000 – 8:17

Vennard is currently the No. 1-ranked U20 3,000m steeplechase competitor in England. So far in 2014, he has claimed 3,000m steeplechase titles at the England Athletics U20 Championships and the British Athletics League Premiership. Prior to running in the 3,000m steeplechase, Vennard ran in the 3,000m. In 2013 he recorded top-ten finishes in four out of the five meets he competed in the 3,000m.

Melika Ghali

Toronto, Canada — University of Toronto Track Club

Track and Field: 1,500m—3:49 | 3,000m—8:46 | 800m—1:52

Ghali started running 18 months ago training with the University of Toronto Track Club under the direction of Terry Radchenko and Gabe Johnston. During his first cross country season, he placed 14th at OFSAA and 16th at Nationals representing Team Ontario. He recorded personal bests in the 1,500m (3:49) and 800m (1:52). Ghali plans to study Kinesiology at Boise State.



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