Broncos Fourth, Sixth at Santa Clara Bronco Invite

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The Boise State cross country teams had a solid showing in their final regular season meet of 2011 on Saturday (Oct. 15) afternoon. The Bronco men earned a fourth-place finish with 171-points, while the women placed sixth with 138-points at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational held at Baylands Regional Park.

The meet was the final regular season meet for the Broncos as well as the final meet before their trip to Fort Collins, Colo., in two weeks for their first appearance at the Mountain West Championships. The Bronco Invitational is one of the top meets in the west, where the Bronco men took on a 19-team field and the women a 21-team field.

The men were led by sophomore Drew O'donoghue-McDonald who placed 19 th on the 8-kilometer course, crossing the finish in a time of 24:24.6. Freshman Vince Hamilton was second for the Broncos and 21st overall, running a 24:29.2. Sophomore Allan Schroeder placed 42nd (25:04.7), while freshmen John Robinson and Andrew Booth placed 44th (25:06.8) and 45th (25:08.5), respectively, to close out the scoring Broncos. Freshmen David Elliott and Dakota Parker also competed on Saturday, running to 58th (25:18.9) and 70th (25:25.3) place finishes, respectively.

Leading the women was redshirt freshman Marisa VanderMalle who captured a seventh-place finish on the 5-kilometer course. VanderMalle clocked a time of 17:18.80 to lead the team. Sophomore Tessa Murray finished close behind, clocking a time of 17:20.1 to place eighth. Sophomore Emma Bates was third for the Broncos and 15 th overall (17:36.6) to round out the Broncos in the top-20. Sophomore Erin McLaughlin captured a 40th-place finish (18:02.2), while fellow classmate Taryn Treadway placed 68th (18:21.6) to round out the scoring Broncos. Freshman Hayley Gregoire and junior Shea Hanson also competed in the race, placing 88th (18:33.0) and 123rd (19:05.5), respectively.

UC Riverside's Chad Hall won the men's race with a time of 23:48.0, while Stanford won the team title with 38-points. The Bronco men beat in-state rival Idaho (5 th) by 20-points, as well as Idaho State who placed 15th.

Hannah Kiser of Idaho was the women's 5-kilometer champion, clocking a time of 16:55.3, while Long Beach State won the team title with 94-points. In-state rivals Idaho State and Idaho finished just ahead of the Broncos placing third (116-points) and fourth (126-points), respectively.

The Broncos will take next week off from competition in preparation for the 2011 Mountain West Championships slated for Sat., Oct. 29 at the Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo.

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