Bronco Cross Country Gears Up for WAC Championships
► What's Happening - Boise State will head to Reno, Nev., this weekend to take on the Western Athletic Conference in the WAC Championship meet on Saturday, Oct. 31. The meet is hosted by the University of Nevada and will be held at Washoe County's Rancho San Rafael Park.

► Meet Specifics - The WAC Championships will kick off at 11 a.m. (MT) with the men's 8-kilometer race. The women's race is scheduled to follow at 11:45 a.m. (MT). The event and parking are free of charge. Visit www.wacsports.com for more meet information.

► On TV - The 2009 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be broadcast live on VERSUS, marking the third consecutive year the championships will be seen on live television, and the first with VERSUS. A live web stream of the championships will also be available on NCAA.com.

► Pre-Championship Coaches' Poll - The Western Athletic Conference announced its men's and women's cross country pre-championship coaches' polls, as voted on by the nine head coaches in the league. Boise State's men's team was picked to finish second while the women were picked as seventh. Utah State was selected as the favorite to win the men's championship, while New Mexico State was picked to win the women's title.

► A Look Back - The Broncos have competed in five regular season meets with the men placing first in two meets, second in the third, fifth in the fourth meet and fourth in the fifth meet. The women have placed second, third, seventh, 28th and third in their five meets this season, respectively. Shannon Porter has led the women in four races, snagging a first place finish at the Roger Curran, while Breanne Whitlock led the team in their most recent competition. The Bronco men have been led by Sawyer Bosch in three races while Kevin Higgs was the top finisher at the Roger Curran Invite. Cameron Lockard led the team in the Coyote Twilight, the team's most recent meet.

Looking at Boise State...
► In General - The WAC Championships will be the sixth competition for the Broncos this season. The men will look to aim towards their second-place finish last season, or better it by winning the conference meet. In 2008, the Bronco men scored 56 points to place second with Brian Pierre leading the way with a fifth-place finish.  The women placed fifth overall with 115 points and Breanna Sande leading the way with her runner-up title.

► Thoughts from Coach Brad Wick - Looking at the Boise State men: "Overall on the men's side, we have the pieces to do really well; we just need to be able to put all those pieces together in the right way to make it work. If we can get everything to click, I think we definitely have a chance to win."

Looking at the Boise State women: "On the women's side, we are looking to better our fifth-place finish from last season. This meet will give us a chance to move up in the conference as well as give a young team some experience."

Looking at Individuals: "I think both Jeff Howard and Kevin Rosaaen have a good chance to earn the WAC Freshman of the Year honor on the men's side while Shannon Porter has a good shot on the women's side. It will be really fun to see what they can do."

"Sawyer Bosch will have a good shot at earning the WAC Athlete of the Year title on the men's side if he runs a good race."


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