Women Finish Sixth at Nationals
Nov. 18, 2017

Final Results
LOUISVILLE, Ky. –
The upward ascension of the Boise State cross country teams under head coach Corey Ihmels continued Saturday, with a sixth-place finish from the Bronco women’s team – the highest finish for either team at the NCAA Championship in program history.

“The women did a fantastic job,” head coach Corey Ihmels said. “It wasn’t our best race of the year, but they all ran solid and we finished higher than we were ranked. Our goal is to be a top 10 program, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for this program.”

Boise State finished sixth with 264 points, led by Allie Ostrander’s fourth-place finish. Ostrander went with the leaders from the start of the racing, hanging in the lead pack of Ednah Kurgat of New Mexico and Charlotte Taylor of San Francisco.

Entering the final 2-kilometers of the 6-kilometer race, Ostrander was a step behind Kurgat and Taylor, battling 20-mph winds. Ostrander hung with the leaders, but was unable to get ahead – battling to a fourth-place finish, good for the fourth All-American honors of her career. Ostrander finished in a time of 19:31.2.

Freshman Emily Venters finished 53rd (20:22.1) in her first NCAA championship race, and was the third true freshman across the finish line. Clare O’Brien finished 77th (20:32.0).

Minttu Hukka and Alexis Fuller finished 100th and 122nd, respectively to round out the scoring for Boise State.

In the men’s race, the Broncos finished 19th for the second-consecutive year, finishing with 475 points.

Addison Dehaven and Miler Haller overcome congestion in the opening stretch of the race to continually make up ground on the field. Dehaven led the Broncos in 31st for the first All-American honors of his career.

Haller finished shortly behind him, being able to catch an Alabama runner in the closing meters to finish 36th to earn All-American honors – also the first of his career.

“Today was a huge breakthrough for (Miler and Dehaven),” Ihmels said. “It’s not easy to be an All-American in cross country. They ran with poise and I couldn’t be happier for them.”

The three All-American honors are the most in a single NCAA Cross Country Championship in program history.

Losing his shoe at the 6-kilometer mark, Ahmed Muhumed recovered to finish in 113th as the third Boise State runner across the finish line. Michael Vennard (31:29.3) and Chandler Austin (31:35.2) were fourth and fifth for the Broncos.

Ostrander was also honored with the NCAA Elite 90 Award – given to the athlete with the highest GPA at all 90 NCAA Championship sites.

Women's Results
4. Allie Ostrander- 19:31.2
53. Emily Venters- 20:22.1
77. Clare O'Brien- 20:32.0
100. Minttu Hukka- 20:42.8
122. Alexis Fuller- 20:53.7
136. Anna McDonald- 20:59.0
190. Sadi Henderson- 21:26.9

Men's Results
31. Addison Dehaven- 29:53.1
36. Miler Haller- 29:58.3
113. Ahmed Muhumed- 30:52.0
189. Michael Vennard- 31:29.3
196. Chandler Austin- 31:35.2
217. Yusuke Uchikoshi- 31:57.6
241. Andrew Rafla- 32:40.7


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