Boise State Travels to the Bay Area for the Bronco Invitational

What’s Happening - The Boise State University men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Sunnyvale, Calif., to compete in the Bronco Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 13, at Baylands Park.

 

The Bronco Invitational is hosted by Santa Clara University and has become one of the largest meets on the west coast. It features three championship races and 18 men’s teams and 24 men’s teams. The women’s 5,000-meter invitational race is scheduled for 9:45 a.m., Saturday. The men’s 8,000-meter invitational will begin following the women’s invitational race. 

 

The Teams - The men’s field will consist of Boise State, American River JC, Cal State-Fullerton, Long Beach State, George Fox, Holy Names, Loyola Marymount, Modesto JC, New Mexico State, Notre Dame de Namur, Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, San Jose State, Sacramento State, Stanford, UC Davis, San Francisco, and Westmont. In addition to the 18 schools represented in the men’s field, the women will also be joined by Hawaii, Cal State-Los Angeles, San Diego State, and Sonoma State.

 

The Broncos - The Boise State men’s and women’s cross country teams have captured multiple team titles and numerous second place finishes.

 

The women’s team has won two team titles in four races this season. They opened the season by capturing the team title at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Classic with 24 points and then took the title at the Bob Firman Invite with 50 points. In its other two races, the West Coast Preview and the Charles Bowles Invitational, the women’s cross country team has earned second place finishes.

 

The men earned a first place finish in the opening race of the season, the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Classic, with 29 points as five Bronco runners finished in the top 13. The team also has two second place finishes, at the West Coast Preview and the Bob Firman Classic.

 

The Athletes - Men

 

Senior and returning second-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection Cody Eaton leads a young men’s team. He won the individual title on the 6,000-meter course at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Classic with an 18:41.3. He finished third in the Bob Firman Classic with a 25:34.16 and seventh in the Charles Bowles Classic with a 25:00.09. He earned WAC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 10, after he led the Broncos to victory at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Classic.

 

Freshman Sawyer Bosch has recorded four top 20 finishes this season and has finished in the top 5 on two occasions. At the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational he collected a third place finish with an 18:49.9 on the 6,000-meter course. At the West Coast preview he finished fifth with a 25:34.2 on the 8,000-meter course and at the Bob Firman Invite he finished in 13th place with a 25:55.15. He also finished 19th at the Charles Bowles Classic with a 25:23.20.

 

A fellow freshman Kevin Higgs has recorded three top 15 finishes this season and has finished in the top 25 in all four races this season. He posted a fifth place with a 19:02.2 at the NNU Hampton Inn and Suite Classic and an eighth place finish with 25:43.1 at the West Coast Preview. He also recorded a 15th place finish at the Bob Firman Invite with a 25:56.34 and a 21st place finish at the Charles Bowles Invitational in 25:25.50.

 

The Athletes - Women

 

Junior and returning 2006 second-team All-WAC performer Breanna Sande continues to be a leader for the Boise State women’s cross country team for the second season. She captured the individual title at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with a 14:13.6, finished fourth at the West Coast Preview with a 21:59.0, second in the Bob Firman Classic with a 18:16.6, and third in the Charles Bowles Classic with a 17:40.70. She earned WAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week after she led the Broncos to victory in the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational.

 

Senior Chaly Jones has finished in the top 10 in each of the four races this season. She posted a season best fifth place finish at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with a 14:56.20, an eighth place finish in the West Coast Preview (22:32.00), a ninth place finish in the Bob Firman Classic (18:49.74), and a 10th place finish in the Charles Bowles Classic (18:06.90).

 

Sophomore Hilary McClendon earned a top 10 finish in the three races she has participated this fall. She finished in fourth place at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with 14:31.10 on the 4,000-meter course to aid the Broncos in capturing the team title. She also recorded a fifth place finish at the Bob Firman Classic (18:32.38) and a ninth place finish at the Charles Bowles Classic (17:58.85).

 

Carly Gerard has earned four top 20 finishes in four races with her best finish coming in the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational when she posted a 14:58.1 to finish sixth.

 

Pamila Ward also has four top 20 finishes. Her 10th place finish at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational was a season best.

 

Senior Meadow Braden captured a 15th place finish in the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with a 15.33.7.

 

Alexandria Bell earned an eighth place finish at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with a 15:16.6 on the 4,000-meter course.

 

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