Bronco Cross Country Heads to WAC Championships

What’s Happening The Boise State University men’s and women’s cross country teams head to Fresno, Calif., to compete in the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Championships, Saturday.


The races will be held at Woodward Park, one of the nation’s premier cross country venues. In addition to hosting numerous state and regional events, Woodward Park has hosted NCAA championship events, most recently the 2004 NCAA Western Regional Championships.


The Times The men’s 8,000-meter race is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. (PT), while the women’s 5,000-meter race is slated to start at 10:00 a.m. (PT).


The Teams The Bronco men will be joined by six WAC teams at the conference championships: Fresno State, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, and Utah State.


The Bronco women will be joined by Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State, and Utah State.


The Athletes Men


Boise State is led by senior All-American Forest Braden and senior Ty Axtman, who was a member of the 2005 All-WAC first team. Braden posted top five finishes in each of his four races this season, including his sixth-career individual title at the Charles Bowles Invitational, Sept. 30. Braden also finished fifth at the Pre-National Invitational, and second at both the Harrier Classic and the Sundodger Invitational.


Axtman, who has finished in the top 15 in three of four races this season, posted his first career individual title at the Harrier Classic, Sept. 9. Axtman also finished second at the Charles Bowles Invitational and 13th at the Sundodger Invitational.


The Athletes Women


The Broncos are led by sophomores Breanna Sande and Kendra Hernandez. In four races this season, Sande has posted three top 25 finishes. After capturing her first career individual title at the Fall Harrier Classic, Sept. 9, Sande went on to finish 14th at the Charles Bowles Invitational and 21st at the Pre-National Invitational.


Hernandez has posted two top five finishes this season, and four finishes in the top 25. She finished third at the Nevada Chase Race and fourth at the Fall Harrier Classic. Hernandez also finished 16th at the Charles Bowles Invitational and 23rd at the Pre-National Invitational.

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