Aug. 2, 2016
The Boise State track and field and cross country programs have signed seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Five incoming freshmen and two transfers will don the Blue and Orange this coming year.
This year's recruiting class includes athletes from Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Australia. The two men and five women will build on what was a successful 2015-16 campaign for both the cross country and track and field programs.
Check out the details on all of the signees below.
Ty Jordan (Chugiak HS | Eagle River, Alaska)
1,600m -- 4:15
Ty Jordan capped off an undefeated senior cross country season at Chugiak High School by winning the 2015 Alaska Cross Country State Championship. He moved on to the track and field season and won the 1,600m state title thanks to a 4:15.78, good for the second-fastest 1,600m time of his career. He was also unbeaten in the 1,600m his senior season, accumulating eight victories. Jordan set five school records over the course of his prep career, most notably in the 1,600m (4:15) and 1,500m (3:59).
Albert Meier (Butler CC/Boone HS | Boone, Iowa)
1,600m -- 4:13 | 3,200m -- 8:58 | 5,000m -- 14:32
Albert Meier comes to Boise State by way of Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. While at Butler CC, Meier took third in the 5,000m at the 2015 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships after clocking a 14:32.94. He also helped the DMR team (1,600m leg) to a runner-up finish (10:11.28a) at the 2015 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Prior to Butler CC, Meier ran at Boone High School in Boone, Iowa. Meier became the first Iowan to break the 9-minute barrier in the 3,200m after running an 8:58.46 at the Drake Relays in 2014. Meier was teammates at Boone HS with current Bronco, Chandler Austin.
Emily DeMarco (Ipswich HS | Ipswich, Mass.)
1 mile -- 5:02 | 2 mile -- 10:55
Emily DeMarco comes to the West Coast after claiming two divisional outdoor state championships in her home state of Massachusetts, winning the mile in 2014 and the two mile in 2015. She took third place at the 2016 Massachusetts Cross Country State Championship and concluded her four years at Ipswich High School with five school records. She was named Cape Ann League Runner of the Year twice and won five league titles over the course of her prep career.
Megan Lacy (Stanford/Cherokee HS | Marlton, N.J.)
3,200m -- 10:22 | 5,000m -- 16:35 | 10,000m -- 34:53
While at Stanford, Megan Lacy helped the Cardinal take third place as a team at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championship as the No. 4 runner on the team. The following year she took 20th individually at the NCAA Cross Country West Regional in 2013. Prior to Stanford, Lacy ran at Cherokee High School in Marlton, N.J. and was the New Jersey Cross Country State Champion in 2010 and 2011. She also won state titles in the 1,600m and 3,200m in 2012.
Kendra Noneman (Eagle HS | Eagle, Idaho)
Hammer -- 159-4 | Discus -- 122-4 | Shot Put -- 39-4
A local product, Kendra Noneman joins the Broncos after a stellar senior season at Eagle High School. The thrower recorded a 122-4 in the discus for a personal record to win the Idaho 5A Track and Field State Championship. She tallied six wins in the discus over the course of the season, including eight throws of over 110 feet. She also finished fourth in the shot put at the state meet in both 2015 and 2016. Noneman also took third place at the National Junior Olympics in the hammer throw.
Clare O'Brien (Queensland, Australia)
3,000m -- 9:34 | 5,000m -- 16:55
Clare O'Brien will enter her collegiate career with having recently won the Queensland U20/Open 4K and 8K Cross Country Championships earlier this year. She ran a 13:54 on her way to winning the 4K and a 28:15 to secure the 8K title. O'Brien just competed in the Gold Coast Southern Cross University 10K run and finished in fifth (34:32). She also won the Bridge to Brisbane title in 2014. Her personal-best 3,000m time is 9:34.90 and her best 1,500m time is 4:33.54.
Karlie Swanson (New South Wales, Australia)
3,000m -- 9:47 | 5,000m -- 17:14
After taking third at the Australia World Cross Country Trials in 2015, Swanson was named a member of the Australian World Junior Cross Country team. In 2014, she won the ISF World Schools Cross Country Championship and was also second in the U18 3K Australian Junior Athletics Championships. 2014 also saw her win the U18 Australian Cross Country Championship. Swanson also participated in the Gold Coast Southern Cross University 10K run and took seventh after crossing the line in 35:14, a new personal best.