Kevin Rosaaen Named WAC Cross Country Freshman of the Year, Teams Finish Third and Sixth

RENO, Nev. - Two Boise State freshmen, Kevin Rosaaen and Shannon Porter, led the Bronco cross country teams at the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championships held at Washoe County's Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, Nev., on Saturday.

Rosaaen, who was the top freshman finisher in the race, earned the WAC Freshman of the Year honor en route to leading the men's team to a third-place finish with 69 points.

Porter was the top Bronco finisher on the women's side, leading her team to a sixth-place finish with 151 points.

Utah State's Brian McKenna, a junior, garnered the WAC Athlete of the Year honor after winning the men's 8-kilometer race in a time of 26 minutes, 0.1 seconds. New Mexico State freshman Courtney Schultz claimed the women's 5-kilometer title, earning WAC Athlete of the Year and WAC Freshman of the year honors. Schultz covered the course in 19 minutes, 11.4 seconds.

Utah State captured the nine-team men's title with 25 points while Fresno State was runner-up with 67 team points. New Mexico State dominated the women's race with 29 total points to earn the title, while Utah State was second with 70 points.

Rosaaen picked up a fifth-place finish crossing the finish line in 26 minutes, 25.5 seconds earning an All-WAC First-Team honor. Two Broncos, junior Sawyer Bosch and freshman Jeff Howard were named to the All-WAC Second Team, finishing in 11th and 14th-place, respectively. Bosch captured the 11th-place finish with a time of 26 minutes, 48.0 seconds while Howard ran the race in a time of 27 minutes, 4.1 seconds to finish 14th in the 58-man race.

Also scoring for the Bronco men were juniors Kevin Higgs and Scott Foley, finishing in 20th and 21st-place, respectively. Higgs ran a time of 27 minutes, 25.1 seconds while Foley earned a time of 27 minutes, 29.5 seconds to round out the Bronco point scorers.

Porter earned a sixth-place finish in the 73-person women's race as well as earning the only All-WAC honor for the Bronco women. Porter was named to the All-WAC First Team after running a time of 19 minutes, 38.5 seconds. Freshman Piper Delaney was the Broncos' next finisher, placing 33rd with a time of 20 minutes, 49.6 seconds. Sophomore Katherine Gallagher was close behind with a time of 20 minutes, 59.0 seconds to place 37th.

Just three places behind was junior Carly Gerard, running a time of 21 minutes, 3.9 seconds to place 40th while sophomore Shea Hanson placed 43rd crossing the finish at 21 minutes, 11.9 seconds to round out the Bronco scorers for the women's team.

The Broncos complete their regular and WAC seasons and look towards the NCAA West Region Championships on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Eugene, Ore.

Other Bronco WAC men's finishers: 25. Zach Wiles, 27:53.5; 30. Brian Pierre, 28:04.4; 38. Cameron Lockard, 28:24.1.

Other Bronco WAC women's finishers: 45. Alexandria Bell, 21: 16.8; 53. Melody Braden, 21:36.2; 58. Breanne Whitlock 21:47.8

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