Boise State Set To Compete In Bronco Invitational

What’s Happening:  The Broncos hit the road again this weekend as they travel to Baylands Park Sunnyvale, Calif. for the Bronco Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18.

About the Bronco Invitational:  The event is being hosted by the University of Santa Clara Broncos and is the largest cross country meet to take place on the West Coast this weekend.

The Competition and Format:  The meet will feature 19 NCAA schools from two regions and four different states as well as three NAIA schools and three junior colleges. The woman will start the meet with an open 5k, followed by the collegiate race also a 5k. The men will conclude the meet with the collegiate 8k, followed by the men’s open 8k event.

The Teams:  The competition will remain fierce for the Broncos when they line-up against women’s teams like  Nevada and New Mexico, who are ranked no. 10 and 13 in the Mountain Region respectively. The New Mexico men’s team is also ranked no. 13 in the Mountain Region.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 a.m. Women’s Open Race (5K)
9:45 a.m. Women’s Collegiatel Race (5K)
10:30 a.m. Men’s Collegiate Race (8K)
11:35 a.m. Men’s Open Race (8K)

Last Time Out:  While it was overcast and raining on the course, the sun was shining on the Boise State cross country team as both the men’s and women’s team earned third place finishes at the 34th Annual Charles Bowles Invitational, Saturday.

Leading the way for the Boise State men’s team was sophomore Sawyer Bosch as he cruised his way to a third place finish after clocking a time of 24:41.52 in the men’s 8k run. The next Bronco to complete the race was sophomore Brian Pierre as he crossed the finish line at the 24:58.77 mark to place 10th, followed by teammate Kevin Higgs who finished 34th with a time of 25:54.96. Also competing for the Broncos was Scott Foley who took 46th after recording a time of 26:08.43. Cassidy Bigsby rounded out the Bronco scorers as he finished the race in 47th after clocking a 26:10.15 in the event.

During the women’s 5k, it was Boise State’s Breanna Sande who was the top finisher for the Broncos as she placed eighth with a time of 18:15.26. It was Karleigh Gempler who was the second bronco to finish as she took 13th after crossing the line at the 18:30.53 mark. Carly Gerard was the next Bronco to finish as she clocked a time of 18:35.92 to finish 18th, beating out teammate Pamila Ward who finished 21st with a time of 18:43.96. Rounding out the Bronco scorers for the women was Kayleen McDowell who clocked a 18:44.79 to place 23rd.

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