West Regional Next Test for Broncos
Nov. 9, 2016

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The men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Sacramento, Calif., and compete in the 2016 NCAA West Regional at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex on Friday, Nov. 11. The women’s race will go off first at noon (MT), and the men will follow at 1 p.m. (MT).

The top-two teams from each of the nine regions across the country will receive automatic bids to the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 19. In addition, the top four individuals not on qualifying teams will also earn automatic bids to nationals.

For the teams and individuals who don't automatically qualify at their respective regionals, there will be official at-large selections made by the NCAA on Saturday that will include an additional 13 teams and two individuals for both the men and women. The at-large selections will be made in accordance to the Kolas points that each team has accumulated over the course of the season.

The women will run their same 6-kilometer race while the men’s race will lengthen to 10-kilometers for the remainder of the postseason.

WHERE: The race will take place at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif. The women have been assigned box No. 11 and the men to box No. 30. Friday’s forecast calls for a high of 71 degrees and a low of 52 in what should be a clear, sunny day.

WHEN: Women – 12 p.m. (MT) | Men – 1 p.m. (MT)

WHO: The women’s field will have a total of 39 teams competing, while the men will have a field of 31. For a full list of competing teams and their starting box assignments, click HERE.

See below for the top-10 USTFCCCA West Regional Rankings going into the weekend:

Women Men
1. Washington 1. Stanford
2. Stanford 2. UCLA
3. Portland 3. Oregon
4. Oregon 4. Portland
5. San Francisco 5. Washington State
6. California 6. Boise State
7. UCLA 7. California
8. Cal Poly 8 Washington
9. Boise State 9. San Francisco
10. Arizona 10. Cal Poly


Women Men
Alexis Fuller Chandler Austin
Sarah Hastings Riley Campbell
Minttu Hukka Miler Haller
Kyra Lopez Rhys Park
Clare O'Brien Andrew Rafla
Brenna Peloquin Tom Richardson
Amy Pfaff Yusuke Uchikoshi
Gracie Tostenson Michael Vennard

The women’s team shocked the west region in 2015 and earned an automatic bid after taking second place after scoring just 80 points, only one point short of Oregon’s 79. Allie Ostrander won the individual title thanks to a 20:10.9 on the 6-kilometer course, Brenna Peloquin was fourth (20:37.8) and Minttu Hukka took fifth (20:42.4) to give all three Broncos USTFCCCA All-West Region honors – the most ever for the women’s team at an NCAA West Regional in school history.

The men's team took fifth in the 30-team field with 137 points on the 8-kilometer course, which ended up being good for an at-large bid to nationals. Michael Vennard was the low stick for Boise State and a USTFCCCA All-West Region honoree in 17th place (31:29.8). Chandler Austin was 26th (31:46.6) to just miss out on all-region honors, and Louis McAfee (31:48.1) and Elijah Armstrong (31:49.9) both recorded top-30 finishes in 29th and 30th place, respectively.

Thanks to the team finishes, it marked the first time in school history that both teams earned berths to nationals in the same season.

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPS: The Boise State men's cross country team used a gutty last kilometer to overtake Colorado State and claim the 2016 Mountain West Cross Country Championship on Friday, Oct. 28. The championship is the first conference title for the men since they won the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Championship.

Junior Yusuke Uchikoshi claimed the individual title for the men, completing the 8-kilometer course in 23:48.80 to win the first cross country race of his Bronco career. Uchikoshi's win marks the second men's individual champion in three years for Boise State, as the Broncos' David Elliott also won in 2014.

Michael Vennard (24:00.70) finished right on the heels of Uchikoshi to claim third place, good for first-team All-MW honors and the best finish of his career at the conference championships. Miler Haller (24:13.70) and Rhys Park (24:24.30) both managed to finish ahead of a large pack of Colorado State runners down the stretch, taking eighth and 12th place, respectively. The two Broncos both earned second-team All-MW honors. Chandler Austin was the fifth scorer for the Blue and Orange, crossing the line in 24:36.00 for 17th place.

Head coach Corey Ihmels was also named the Mountain West Men’s Coach of the Year after a vote from the conference coaches.

INDIVIDUAL HISTORY AT REGIONALS: On the women’s side, the Broncos have two of the last three individual champions with Allie Ostrander winning in 2015 and Emma Bates in 2013. For the men, Forest Braden is owner of the top individual finish in school history, taking fifth place in 2004.

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