XC Prepares for MW Championships
Oct. 28, 2015


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WHAT: The postseason begins Friday for the Boise State cross country team when they travel to Reno, Nev., for the Mountain West Championships which will take place at the Montrêux Golf and Country Club. The No. 9 women's team will be racing on a 6-kilometer course, and the No. 16 men will compete on an 8-kilometer course.

Montrêux Golf and Country Club sits at 5,500 feet of elevation and the course features several hills, changes of terrain and loops that should provide a different experience from other courses that Mountain West teams have competed on this year.

WHEN: The men's race will begin at 11 a.m. (MT) and the women will go off shortly after at 11:45 a.m on Friday, Oct. 30.

WHO: The No. 16 Broncos are the highest ranked team in the men's field according to the most recent USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll, but Boise State will toe the line with other proven Mountain West opponents in No. 26 Air Force, No. 30 Colorado State and defending conference champions New Mexico. Wyoming, Utah State, Fresno State and San Jose State round out the eight-team field.

The women's field will feature 11 teams with the addition of UNLV, San Diego State and host Nevada. The far and away favorite is No. 1 New Mexico, but the No. 9 Broncos aren't far behind in the national rankings. Other top contenders in the conference according to the Mountain West Midseason Coaches' Poll are Colorado State, Wyoming and Air Force. Utah State, Fresno State and San Jose State will also be competing.

COMPETING BRONCOS:

WOMEN MEN
Charlotte Corless Elijah Armstrong
Ali Deitsch Chandler Austin
Alexis Fuller Riley Campbell
Anna Holdiman Addison Dehaven
Minttu Hukka Louis McAfee
Allie Ostrander Dan Oekerman
Brenna Peloquin Rhys Park
Gracie Tostenson John Rodeheffer
Katy Wood Michael Vennard

 

LAST YEAR AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Broncos were buoyed by Emma Bates and David Elliott at last year's championships, both of which won the individual title on the women's and men's side, respectively. Bates made history with her victory by becoming the first athlete in Mountain West history to win back-to-back cross country championships (2013, 2014).

As a team, the women took second place for the second year in a row, and the men finished fourth. The top returners with conference championship experience are Michael Vennard (14th - 24:14.0, second team All-MW honors) and Anna Holdiman (21st - 21:22.40).

LOBO DOMINANCE: Both the New Mexico men's and women's teams have cleaned up in the Mountain West in the last decade. The men's team has won six-straight conference championships, and the women's team is at seven in a row. If the Broncos - specifically the men - want to challenge for the conference title, they will have to go through the Lobos to get to the top of the podium.

Since the Mountain West's inception in 1999, only three teams have won a men's championship; BYU (1999-2002, 2004-2008), Air Force (2003) and New Mexico (2009-2014). It's also been just three teams for the women as well; BYU (1999-2006), Colorado State (2007) and New Mexico (2008-2014).

TIME FOR A TEAM TITLE: The men's team last won a conference championship in 2010 in their last year in the WAC, and the women last won one in 1997 when they captured the Big West title thanks to Melinda Campbell's first-place finish.

OSTRANDER LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY, AGAIN: If Allie Ostrander is to win the individual title she would become just the second freshman in the Mountain West history to do so, joining BYU's Kassi Anderson (2002). A victory from Ostrander would also mean three-consecutive MW Women's Individual Championships for the Broncos (Emma Bates - 2013, 2014).

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