Braden Finishes Strong at Pre-Nationals

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. In the final race before the Western Athletic Conference Championships, Boise State University senior All-American Forest Braden posted a top five finish at the Pre-National Invitational, Saturday.


With two career appearances at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships under his belt, Braden finished fifth at the LaVerne Gibson Championships Course, the host site of the 2007 NCAA Championships.


Braden finished the 8,000-meter White race in 22-minutes, 38.5 seconds, 24.5 seconds behind winner Josh McDougal of Liberty. Braden has now finished in the top five in each of his four races this season.


Sophomores Breanna Sande and Kendra Hernandez each posted top 25 finishes for the Broncos in the women’s Open race. Sande posted a 6,000m time of 22:02.9 to finish 21st, while Hernandez finished 23rd with a time of 22:05.9. Kate Niehaus of Stanford won the event with a time of 21:14.0.


The Pre-National field included 45 of the top 60 teams in the nation racing in either the White, Blue, or Open races on both the men’s and women’s sides. A record 87 teams for the women and 86 teams for the men competed in the event. The Bronco men finished 35th in the White race, and the Bronco women finished ninth in the Open race.


The Broncos will head to Fresno, Calif., to compete in the WAC Championships, Oct. 28.


Pre-National Invitational

LaVerne Gibson Championship Course

Men 8,000 meters

Women 6,000 meters

Terre Haute, Ind.

Oct. 14, 2006


Bronco Results Men’s White Race

5. Forest Braden (22:38.5)

203. Wijnand Rijkenberg (25:55.0)

216. Ty Axtman (26:06.8)

224. Cody Eaton (26:18.5)

241. Stanley Chebii (26:58.3)

245. Brandon Christoffersen (27:44.0)


Bronco Results Women’s Open Race

21. Breanna Sande (22:02.9)

23. Kendra Hernandez (22:05.9)

65. Chaly Jones (22:33.9)

170. Meadow Braden (23:44.9)

194. Heidi Suder (24:21.3)

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