Cross Country Prepares for NCAA Regionals

What’s Happening - The Boise State University men’s and women’s cross country teams both earned the right to participate in the 2007 NCAA West Regional Championships in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 10.

 

Both the men and women will both be competing on the cross country course at the Springfield Country Club. Both teams will be competing in their longest race of the year. The women will be taking part in a 6,000-meter race while the men will run 10,000-meters. Throughout the season the women had been running 6,000-meter courses while the men ran the 8,000-meter course.

 

The Broncos - The Boise State men’s and women’s cross country teams have each compiled an impressive resume as they head into the Western Athletic Conference Championships.

 

The women’s team has been ranked in the Western Region throughout the season. It received its highest ranking Oct. 1, as it reached 12th place. In the 2007 Pre-Championship Women’s Cross Country Coaches Poll the Boise State women’s was picked to finish fourth.

 

The women’s team has won two team titles in five races this season. They opened the season by capturing the team title at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Classic with 24 points and then took the title at the Bob Firman Invite with 50 points. In two other races, the West Coast Preview and the Charles Bowles Invitational, the women’s cross country team has earned second place finishes. At the WAC Championships, the women’s team registered 95 points for a fourth place finish.

 

The Boise State men’s cross country team finished tied for third place with Idaho in the 2007 coaches poll as both teams received 23 points in the poll.

 

The men earned a first place finish in the opening race of the season, the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Classic, with 29 points as five Bronco runners finished in the top 13. The team also has two second place finishes, at the West Coast Preview and the Bob Firman Classic. At the WAC Championships, the men’s team earned a third place finish with 83 points.

 

The Athletes - Women

 

Breanna Sande was named WAC Women’s Runner of the Year after she won the women’s race by over nine seconds (17:01.32). Sande has been a force for the Broncos throughout the season; she captured the individual title at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with a 14:13.6, finished fourth at the West Coast Preview with a 21:59.0, second in the Bob Firman Classic with a 18:16.6, and third in the Charles Bowles Classic with a 17:40.70. She earned WAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week after she led the Broncos to victory in the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational. This was the second season Sande was an all-conference selection.

 

Senior Chaly Jones has finished in the top 10 in four races this season. She posted a season-best fifth place finish at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with a 14:56.20, an eighth place finish in the West Coast Preview (22:32.00), a ninth place finish in the Bob Firman Classic (18:49.74), and a 10th place finish in the Charles Bowles Classic (18:06.90). At the WAC Championships she posted a 17:42.42 for a 18th place finish.

 

Carly Gerard has earned five top 25 finishes in five races with her best finish coming in the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational when she posted a 14:58.1 to finish sixth. She recorded a 21st place finish at the WAC Championships with a 17:50.94.

 

Pamila Ward also has four top 20 finishes. Her 10th place finish at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational was a season-best.

 

Senior Meadow Braden captured a 15th place finish in the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with a 15.33.7.

 

Alexandria Bell earned an eighth place finish at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational with a 15:16.6 on the 4,000-meter course.

 

Karleigh Gempler recorded a 15:34.3 at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational to finish in 16th place.

 

The Athletes - Men

 

Senior Cody Eaton was named to the All-WAC First Team after he finished sixth at the WAC Championships with a 23:53.63. Throughout the year he won the individual title on the 6,000-meter course at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Classic with an 18:41.3. He earned a second place finish at the Santa Clara Invitational with a 24:51 on the 8,000-meter course. He also finished third in the Bob Firman Classic with a 25:34.16 and seventh in the Charles Bowles Classic with a 25:00.09. He earned WAC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 10, after he led the Broncos to victory at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Classic. This was the second straight year Eaton was an All-WAC selection.

 

Freshman Sawyer Bosch earned First Team All-WAC honors with a seventh place (23:58.81) at the WAC Championships. This season he has recorded six top 20 finishes in six races this season and has finished in the top 5 on two occasions. At the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational he collected a third place finish with an 18:49.9 on the 6,000-meter course. At the West Coast preview he finished fifth with a 25:34.2 on the 8,000-meter course and at the Bob Firman Invite he finished in 13th place with a 25:55.15. He also finished 16th at the Santa Clara Invitational with a 25:24 and 19th at the Charles Bowles Classic with a 25:23.20.

 

Fellow freshman Kevin Higgs has recorded four top 15 finishes this season and has finished in the top 25 in five races. He posted a fifth place with a 19:02.2 at the NNU Hampton Inn and Suite Classic and an eighth place finish with 25:43.1 at the West Coast Preview. He also recorded a 15th place finishes at the Bob Firman Invite (25:56.34) and the WAC Championships (24:21.06). He also earned a 21st place finish at the Charles Bowles Invitational with a 25:25.50.

 

Scott Foley posted a top 10 finish at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational when he finished ninth with a 19:22.8. He also finished 17th at the West Coast Preview with a 26:19.2 and 24th at the WAC championships (25:04.42).

 

Stanley Chebii finished 11th at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational for his best finish of the season.

 

Cameron Lockard recorded a 20th place finish at the Northwest Nazarene Hampton Inn and Suites Invitational for his top finish of the season. He posted a 34th place finish at WAC Championships in 25:52.44.

 

David Creamer finished 46th at the WAC Championships with a 27:37.59.

 

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