Broncos Take Fourth, Sixth

Nov. 10, 2017

SEATTLE, Wash. - Despite not finishing in the top two to earn automatic-qualifying marks to the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the Boise State men's and women's cross country teams had strong enough performances at the West Region Championships to likely earn at-large bids to the national meet.

The men placed sixth, while the women placed fourth, Friday at the Jefferson Park Golf Course. The at-large bids to the national championship will be announced, Saturday.

"Solid day for both groups," head coach Corey Ihmels said. "We didn't run spectacularly, but we ran solid. Coming into the regional meet you want to solidify your position and hopefully get a berth to the NCAA meet."

In the women's race, Allie Ostrander went with San Francisco's Charlotte Taylor from the start in a battle between the two NCAA outdoor track and field champions. Ostrander and Taylor stuck to each other's hips until the 5-kilometer mark when Taylor put a move to get a step ahead.

Ostrander covered Taylor's surge and hung tight until the final straightaway when Taylor delivered a kick to break-away in a new course record time. Ostrander finished second in 19:16.5, continuing Boise State's streak of landing a woman in the top three of the region to five-consecutive years.

Minttu Hukka and Emily Venters finished in the top 25 to earn All-West Region honors, finishing 17th and 22nd, respectively. Clare O'Brien rallied from a fall in the first 400 meters to finish 28th, while Anna McDonald finished 35th to round out the scoring for the women.

The women's team finished with 104 points, well ahead of fifth-place California's 183.

The men battled a field of seven ranked teams to finish sixth in the deepest of the nine regions. Moving up to the 10-kilometer distance, Boise State narrowly finished behind No. 10 UCLA, 164 points to 168 points.

Miler Haller hung with the chase pack to finish eighth in 29:43.9, while Yusuke Uchikoshi moved up the pack to finish 21st. Both earned All-West Region honors.

Ahmed Muhumed - in his first ever 10-kilometer race - finished third for the Broncos, beating three UCLA runners at the line to finish 37th. Addison Dehaven finished 44th in 30:27.7, while Chandler Austin ran phenomenally over the last kilometer to finish 58th and round out the scoring for Boise State.

"It looks like both teams will get in to nationals with an at-large bid," Ihmels said. "Anytime you get both through that's a positive thing. We've done it a couple times now. That was our objective and we did a good job all the way through the lineup on both sides."

The Broncos are seeking to send both teams to nationals for only the second time in program history. The last time both teams went was 2015. The men are hoping to qualify for the third-straight season.

Women's Results

2. Allie Ostrander- 19:16.5
17. Minttu Hukka- 20:02.6
22. Emily Venters- 20:11.8
28. Clare O'Brien- 20:21.8
35. Anna McDonald- 20:32.0
38. Alexis Fuller- 20:36.8
54. Grace McConnochie- 20:53.5

Men's Results
8. Miler Haller- 29:43.9
21. Yusuke Uchikoshi- 29:55.6
37. Ahmed Muhumed- 30:16.6
44. Addison Dehaven- 30:27.7
58. Chandler Austin- 30:49.1
71. Riley Campbell- 31:04.8
99. Michael Vennard- 31:34.1

All-West Region
Allie Ostrander
Minttu Hukka
Emily Venters
Miler Haller 
Yusuke Uchikoshi

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