The Boise State cross country teams ended their 2012 season on Friday (Nov. 9) racing at the NCAA Cross Country West Regional Championship at Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle. Boise State's men raced to a ninth-place finish, totaling 263-poitns, while the Bronco women captured a 10th
-place finish with 308-points in the 28-team meet hosted by the University of Washington.
"I am very satisfied with the effort of our teams," said JW Hardy, Boise State Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach. "One of our goals coming into the regional meet was to finish in the top-10. We accomplished that and I am excited about the future."
The Bronco men ran as a tight group, all finishing within 40-seconds of one another. Senior Barak Watson led the team with his 34 th-place finish and a personal-best time of 30:25 on a 10-kilometer course. Shortly after, junior Drew O'donoghue-McDonald crossed the finish in 30:34, also a career-best time, to capture the 51st-place spot. Sophomore Aaron Back completed his first regional meet in 54th-place with a career-best time of 30:38, while junior Allan Schroder tied his career-best of 30:43 to place 61st.
Sophomore David Elliott recorded the fifth career-best of the day for the Broncos when he crossed the finish in 30:48, good for 63 rd-place. Junior Jeff Howard finished shortly after in 67th-place (30:52). Sophomore Dakota Parker rounded out a solid effort by the Bronco men, placing 72nd in a career-best time of 30:59.
The ninth-place finish was the second top-ten finish for the Bronco men since 1998 (2010, 7 th), while Watson's finish was the best since Howard's 17th-place finish in 2010.
Boise State's women capitalized on career-best times from all seven runners, jumping two spots from their 2011 finish (12 th).
Junior Tessa Murray led the Bronco women to their best regional finish since 2002 when they placed 10 th. Murray earned the highest finish by a Bronco woman since 2004 (Robin Wemple, 32nd), placing 32nd and covering the 6-kilometer course in a time of 20:35. Redshirt sophomore Marisa VanderMalle, who led the team in 2011 with a 33rd-place finish, captured a 36th-place finish this season, clocking 20:39.
Juniors Lauren Lucas, Kate Jette and Sarah Bisterfeldt finished in a close group about 40-seconds behind the two Bronco leaders. Lucas earned a 75 th-place finish (21:19), Jette a 78th-place finish (21:20) and Bisterfeldt an 88th-place finish (21:28). Juniors Taryn Treadway placed 115th in 21:46 and Rici Morrill raced to a 152nd-place finish (22:20) to round out the Bronco women.
Stanford kept control of the men's regional team title, winning the meet with 45-points. Portland placed second and earned the final team qualifying spot for the NCAA National meet with 107-points. Arizona's Lawi Lalang captured the individual title, breaking the tape in 29:02.
The University of Oregon women defended their regional title, capturing the crown with 64-points. The Ducks were led by Jordan Hasay who won the women's race in 19:16. Fighting for the runner-up title and final NCAA National team qualifying spot was Stanford and Arizona, both tying with 85-points.
The top-two teams from each of the nine regional championships, plus 13 at-large teams (chosen by the NCAA committee) advance to the NCAA National Championship meet. The top-four individuals from each of the nine regions (who are not on a qualifying team), plus two at-large individuals (chosen by the NCAA committee) advance to the national meet.
The 2012 NCAA National Championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Kent. The University of Louisville will play host to the event which will be run at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.