Broncos Head to First Mountain West Championship

► What's Happening - The Boise State cross country teams are gearing up for their first Mountain West Championship meet on Sat., Oct. 29. The MW Championship races, hosted by Colorado State, will be held at the Collindale Golf Course in Ft. Collins, Colo. The race is the first of the Broncos' post-season competitions.   

Mountain West Championship Meet Specifics - The 2011 Mountain West Cross Country Championships will be held Sat., Oct. 29 at the Collindale Golf Course in Ft. Collins, Colo. The meet will consist of an 8-kilometer course for the men and a 6-kilometer course for the women. The men are slated for a 10:00 a.m. (MT) start, while the women will start at 11:00 a.m. (MT).

Full meet information, including results, video, ticket information and maps can be found at:

TV/Media Coverage - The Mtn. Network plans to air its 2011 Mountain West Cross Country Championship Preview and Review Shows at these times:
Preview Show: Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. (MT)
Review Show: Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. (MT)

The Mountain West Championships will also be streamed via the Mountain West website at:

Mountain West Preseason Rankings - The Broncos were chosen by the conference coaches in a preseason poll to finish fifth in both the men's and women's races this upcoming weekend. The women's poll was led by New Mexico 49-points and seven first-place votes. Colorado State followed in second with 43-points, Air Force was third with 34-points and Wyoming was fourth with 32-points. Boise State's women were in fifth with 23-points, while TCU had 17-points, San Diego State had 15-points and UNLV finished with 11-points. For the men, New Mexico led the way with four first-place votes and 22-points. Air Force had one first-place vote and 21-points, while Wyoming was third with 16-points. Colorado State tallied 15-points, Boise State had 11-points and TCU had 5-points to round out the six teams.

Weekly Rankings - Entering the weekend, only New Mexico's women hold a USTFCCCA top-25 national ranking, sitting at No. 20 this week. The Lobo women also hold the highest regional ranking among the women's teams sitting at No. 2 in the Mountain Region. Colorado State, Air Force and Wyoming also sit among the Mountain Region ranks at No. 5, No. 12 and No. 13, respectively. TCU ranks in the South Central Region at No. 11.Boise State's women entered the regional ranks last week for the first time in school history, sitting at No. 14 in the West Region.

For the men's side of competition, New Mexico holds the top regional ranking, sitting at No. 7 in the Mountain Region. Air Force sits just behind at No. 8, while Colorado State and Wyoming round out the Mountain Region representatives at No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. Boise State's men are the only other ranked team, sitting at No. 12 in the West Region.

Racing for the Broncos - The men's and women's teams will each field eight runners for the championships. The men include: Andrew Booth, David Elliott, Vince Hamilton, Kyle Merritt, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald, Dakota Parker, John Robinson and Allan Schroeder. The women include Emma Bates, Shea Hanson, Kate Jette, Lauren Lucas, Erin McLaughlin, Tessa Murray, Taryn Treadway and Marisa VanderMalle.

Last Time Out - Two weeks ago (Oct. 15) the Broncos headed to Santa Clara, Calif., to participate in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational, a meet with strong West Coast competition. There the Broncos garnered fourth-place (men) and sixth-place (women) finishes. Redshirt freshman Marisa VanderMalle had the highest place finish at seventh in the women's 5-kilometer race, while sophomore Drew O'donoghue-McDonald led the men's squad with a 19th-place finish on their 8-kilometer course.   

Earning Honors - Freshman Vince Hamilton has been the only Bronco to garner an award thus far this season after being named Mountain West Athlete of the Week, Sept. 27.

About the Broncos - The Broncos boast 13 men and 35 women on the 2011 roster, 11 freshmen are added to both the men's and women's rosters. A young team, the men have two sophomores and 11 freshmen on the roster, while the women have one senior, four juniors, 19 sophomores and 11 freshmen.

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