Broncos Prep for 2010 WAC Cross Country Championships

What's Happening
The Boise State cross country team heads north to Moscow, Idaho, to participate in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, October 30.

Meet Information:
The meet will be held at Virgil Phillips Farm County Park located five miles north of Moscow, Idaho. The University of Idaho Vandals will host the nine-team meet. The women's 5-kilometer race is slated for a 10 a.m. (Pacific) start, while the men's 8-kilometer race is set for 10:45 a.m. (Pacific). On the women's side of the competition, all nine WAC teams will compete in the meet; while on the men's side Hawaii and Nevada do not compete, dropping the field to seven teams.

Ticket and Parking Information:
 
This Championship event is FREE of charge. Fan parking is available on the right as you enter the Phillips Farm County Park.  Handicapped parking will be available and parking attendants will be on site to assist.  Parking is FREE of charge. For more information on directions, merchandise and photos, go to: http://www.wacsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=10100&ATCLID=204790576

Conference Meets Nationwide: 
The USATFCCCA has put together a site called "NCAA Division I Conference Championship Central" where fans, coaches and athletes can get up-to-date information from each of the NCAA Division I conference championship meets across the nation. Go to: http://www.ustfccca.org/division-i/ncaa-division-i-conference-championship-central-cross-country for the championship central.

 Reflecting on the 2009 Championships: The Utah State men and New Mexico State women picked up team titles while Courtney Schultz (NMSU) and Brian McKenna (USU) picked up individual titles. On the men's side USU earned the championship, while Fresno State was second, Boise State was third, NMSU (4th), Idaho (5th), San Jose State (6th) and Louisiana Tech (7th) rounded out the teams. The women's competition was led by NMSU, followed by USU (2nd), Nevada (3rd), Idaho (4th), Fresno State (5th), Boise State (6th), Hawaii (7th), SJSU (8th) and Louisiana Tech (9th).

Boise State freshman Kevin Rosaaen was named the WAC Men's Freshman of the Year after his fifth-place finish, leading the Broncos. The women were led by freshman Shannon Porter who placed sixth. Returning All-WAC First Team honorees for the men include Brian Pierre (2008) and Sawyer Bosch (2007), while Bosch also is a returning All-WAC Second Team honoree from 2008 and 2009. Joining as returning second-team honorees, Jeff Howard (2009), Scott Foley (2008) and Kevin Higgs (2008) give the Broncos so good depth and experience heading into the 2010 championships. The women's team has no returning All-WAC honorees.

A Look at Boise State
Broncos in the Rankings: The Boise State men remain at the No. 14 spot on the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I West Region poll. The polls remain the same from last week, due to a low number of competitions the week before conference championships.

Broncos Making the Trip: The 2010 WAC men's team for Boise State includes: Brad Bogdan, Sawyer Bosch, Scott Foley, Kevin Higgs, Jeff Howard, Brian Pierre, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald and Allan Schroeder. Representing the Bronco women include: Emma Bates, Sarah Bisterfeldt, Alyssa Boucher, Carly Gerard, Kate Jette, Lauren Lucas, Erin McLaughlin and Tessa Murray.

Eyeing the Competition: The Bronco men have faced only two of their six WAC opponents this season, but defeated both Fresno State and San Jose State at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Oct. 16. The women have faced three of their eight WAC opponents this season, falling to Fresno State, but defeating Nevada and Hawaii at the Santa Clara Bronco Invite.

Bronco Honors: After only two weekends of competition, the Broncos have racked up three WAC Athlete of the Week honors. Freshman Emma Bates leads the team with two WAC AOW honors after earning her second award on Tuesday (Sept. 28). Freshman Drew O'donoghue-McDonald joined Bates after their first week of competition by sweeping the WAC weekly honor on Sept. 14. Jeff Howard was the newest addition to the WAC weekly honors group, earning WAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Oct. 13-19.


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