Broncos Sign Armstrong to NLI
Nov. 12, 2014

BOISE, Idaho--Elijah Armstrong, a senior from Pocatello High School in Pocatello, Idaho, has officially signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Boise State University and run for the Track & Field and Cross Country programs, head coach Corey Ihmels announced Wednesday.

Armstrong is one of the top runners in the nation, as Saucony FLO 50 ranks the Idahoan ninth in the country. He finished sixth at the 2013 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, earning All-America honors as a junior.

“In Elijah, we have one of the top distance recruits in the country,” said head coach Corey Ihmels. “His resume speaks for itself but beyond that he is someone who has goals and aspirations that very few are able to comprehend yet achieve. He is a very humble young man and won’t accept anything but greatness.”

Adding to his list of accolades, Armstrong became the first runner to claim four state cross-country titles in Idaho. The 2012-13 Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year chose Boise State over BYU, Furman, Iowa State and Wyoming.

“After meeting Coach Ihmels and spending time with him I truly felt he was the coach that could not only help me achieve my dreams and goals but could also build a national-caliber team here in Idaho,” said Armstrong. “I feel that Coach Ihmels has my best interests at heart and the fact that Boise is in my home state and not too far from Pocatello was also a big plus.”

Along with his cross-country accomplishments, Armstrong claimed three track state titles in the 1600m, two in the 3200m and one in the 800m. He holds the overall state records in the 1600m and 3200m and his times rank in the top-25 in the nation, including third in the 5000m (14:28), 19th in the 3200m (8:55) and 22nd in the 1600m (4:09).

“I have always set very high goals and will continue to do so,” added Armstrong. “I want to be the very best runner that I can be and hopefully win NCAA titles and also represent Team USA in the World and Olympic games. I want to help Coach Ihmels and the team put Boise State on the map as one of the premier distance running programs in the country.”

“Our goal for the track and field and cross country programs is to compete at an elite level,” explained Ihmels. “Elijah brings a wealth of talent and drive to our team. He fits well into our philosophy of developing student-athletes to raise our standard of excellence both academically and athletically.”

Armstrong will join the Blue and Orange in the fall of 2015 but is currently prepping for the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional on Nov. 15, held at the Eagle Island Cross Country Course in Boise, Idaho. He will also compete in the 2014 Foot Locker West Regionals on Dec. 6, in pursuit to qualify for the Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego on Dec. 13.

“Elijah is an addition to Boise State Athletics that won’t settle for anything less than the best,” said Ihmels. “He not only adds to our outstanding class from last year but sets the standard for years to come.”

Armstrong also excels in the classroom, boasting a 4.0 GPA at Pocatello HS. He intends to study health sciences at Boise State with plans to continue his education in dentistry or PA school upon graduation from Boise State.

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