Boise State Cross Country Prepares for West Coast Preview

What’s Happening The Boise State Cross Country team travels to Portland to compete at the West Coast Preview, hosted by the University of Portland on Friday, Sept. 12.


The Meet Schedule The 13-team event will begin at 4 p.m. (PST) with the women’s 6,000-meter race, followed by the men’s 8,000-meter race at 4:45 p.m. (PST).

The Field The 13-team field consists of the following: Cascade College, Clackamas CC, Clark CC, Evergreen State College, Mt. Hood CC, Portland, Santa Clara (men only), San Francisco State, Seattle University, Spokane CC, Warner Pacific and Western Oregon.
Links For live audio coverage of the meet, can be found at http://www.portlandpilots.com/sports/2008/8/18/GEN_0818085512.aspx with results available after the event at www.broncosports.com


Coaches Corner...

Coach Wick on the Roger Curran Invitational “This week will be a good experience for the entire traveling squad. With two sophomores and 13 freshmen making the trip to Portland, it will be a first time opportunity to race the college distance (6k and 8k) for most of the team. We are resting our top seven on both the men's and women's team to give the younger runners a chance to travel and compete. On the women's side I am looking for Laura and Katherine to step up and lead the charge and on the men’s side we should have a good pack running together for most the race.”

About Coach Brad Wick - Wick joins the Broncos after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s cross country and distance track team at the University of Minnesota for three years. While working with the Gophers, he assisted in coaching five cross country All-Americans and an eighth place team finish at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Wick aided in recruiting, generating and facilitating workouts, managing travel and equipment purchases, team transportation and team strategizing.

Prior to his tenure at Minnesota, Wick worked as the head track and field coach for the Elk River Recreation Summer Track Program for six years in addition serving as a volunteer assistant for the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point from 2004-05.

Bronco Bullets...
 The Boise State men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2008 seasons this past weekend at the first annual Roger Curran Invitational, where both teams took first place finishes.


 The opening meet marked head coach Brad Wick’s first meet as a collegiate head cross country coach in addition to his first collegiate win as a head coach.


 Boise State’s men’s team proved to be a force as it beat out the competition by 11 points, while the women’s team won the race by a six point margin.

Last Time Out on the Course...
The Boise State cross country team started off on the right foot as it opened its season at the helm of first year cross country coach Brad Wick as both the men’s and women’s team took the title at the First Annual Roger Curran Invite held at Westside Park, Sat., Sept. 6.

Men - Leading the way for the men was Brian Pierre with a second place finish in the 6k with a time of 19:07.02. Sophomore Sawyer Bosch took third with a 19:09.21, while Cameron Lockard placed fifth (19:33.72). Next to finish for the Broncos was Cassidy Bigsby clocking a time of 19:52.34, good enough for 11th, while teammate Quinten Hennekam recorded a time of 20:08.78 to place 14th. Also scoring for the Broncos was Scott Foley with a 16th place finish (20:14.56) and Kevin Higgs in 17th (20:15.37).

Women -  The women’s 4k was first as Kayleen McDowell led the Broncos with a third place finish with a time of 15:10.50.  Following close behind were teammates Carly Gerard (15:13.34) and Kendra Hernandez (15:15.62) who rounded out the top five finishers in the event.  Karleigh Gempler took eighth with a time of 15:26.46, while Shea Hanson took 13th (15:40.31), Pamila Ward (15:45.52) finished 14th and Melody Braden (15:45.90) placed 15th to round out the scoring for Boise State.


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