Sande Finshes Second Overall, Men Are Runners-up in WAC Championships

LAS CRUCES, N.M. The men entered the WAC Championship with no finish lower than third in any meet this season and kept that streak alive as they placed five runners in the top 20 to earn a second-place finish. The women took fifth-place in the WAC Championships, led by senior Breanna Sande’s second-place overall finish.

Freshman Brian Pierre paved the way for the Broncos, coming in fifth overall as one of the two Broncos in the top ten. Pierre finished with a time of 26:01.50, which also earned him a spot on the first team All-WAC team. Sophomore Sawyer Bosch wasn’t far behind as he finished ninth overall with a time of 26:24.30. Sophomores Scott Foley and Kevin Higgs finished 11th and 13th, respectively, with times of 26:26.90 and 26:30.40. All three sophomores secured spots on the All-WAC second team by finishing in the top 14. To round out the scoring for the Broncos, junior Cameron Lockard came in 18th overall with a time of 27:01.90. The men finished nine points behind Utah State, who took home both the men’s and the women’s cross country crown.

The Bronco women were led by senior Breanna Sande, who finished in second-place overall with a time of 18:25.80 in the 5k event. With Sande’s top tier finish, she was the only Bronco to earn a spot on the 2008 All-WAC team. Senior Kendra Hernandez was the next finisher for the Broncos coming in at 23rd with a time of 19:19.80. Sophomores Carly Gerard and Karleigh Gempler were the next Broncos to cross the finish lines as they came in 28th and 30th with times of 19:33.90 and 19:37.70, respectively. Another senior Pam Ward finished up the scoring for the Broncos as she crossed the finish line in 34th with a time of 19:50.40.

The Broncos will compete again in two weeks at the NCAA Regionals on Nov. 15 in Fort Collins, Colo.

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