Broncos Head to Pre-Nationals

What’s Happening After taking the week off, the Boise State University cross country teams return to action at the Pre-Nationals Invitational, Oct. 14, at the LaVerne Gibson Championship Course at Terre Haute, Ind.


The races, which will be run on the same course as the NCAA National Championships, are scheduled to begin Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. (EDT), with the Women’s 6k Blue race. Races will continue through the day with the Women’s 6k White race at 11:35 a.m., Men’s 8k Blue race at 12:10 p.m., Men’s 8k White race at 12:50 p.m. and the Women’s 6k/Men’s 8k Open races beginning at 1:30 p.m. and 2:05 p.m.


The Bronco men are slated to compete in the 8,000m White race, while the Bronco women will be running the 6,000m Open race.

The Teams The field includes 45 of the top 60 teams in the nation, with a record 87 teams for the women and 86 teams for the men.

On the women’s side, Stanford, Colorado and Michigan ranked No. 1 through No. 3, respectively, will headline the competition. The field also includes No.’s 4-12, 14-18, 21-24, 26, 27 and 29 ranked squads.

The men will be without the top two teams, Wisconsin and Arkansas, but return a field that includes the top-two runners on the ISU 8k course, and team No.’s 3-5, 7-10, 13-16, 18-22 and 25-29.

Last Time Out - Boise State University seniors Forest Braden and Ty Axtman finished first and second, respectively, at the 32nd Annual Charles Bowles Invitational, Sept. 30, at Bush’s Pasture Park.


Braden posted an eight-kilometer time of 23-minutes, 52.45-seconds, to record his sixth-career individual title. The All-American has finished first or second in each of his three races this season, and was named Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for his performance at the event.


Axtman, a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection in 2005, posted his third-consecutive top 15 finish and his second of the season in the top three, finishing second, 18.70 seconds behind Braden. The duo led the Bronco men to a sixth place team finish.


On the women’s side, three Broncos finished in the top 20, leading Boise State to a second place team finish. Sophomore Breanna Sande finished 14th, posting a 5k time of 18:00.15. Junior Chaly Jones finished in 15th, only 1.2 seconds after Sande. Sophomore Kendra Hernandez made it three-consecutive Broncos across the finish line, finishing 16th with a time of 18:09.05.

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