Broncos Set for West Regional
Nov. 9, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho –
The Boise State men’s and women’s cross country teams will vie for a spot in the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships with the next step of the championship portion of the season – the West Region Championships, Friday.

The top two teams from each of the nine regions will automatically qualify for the NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 18. The top four individuals not on qualified teams will also qualify for nationals.

The NCAA will announce at-large selections – 13 additional teams and two individuals for both men and women, Saturday. At-large selections will be determined by KOLAS points each team has accumulated over the course of the season.

WHERE: The Broncos will compete at the Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle, Wash. The course has previously hosted the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, 2011 USATF Club Nationals, and the NCAA West Region Championships in 2012 and 2015.

The course consists of 2-kilometer loops, with the women running 6-kilometers, and the men running 10-kilometers.

WHEN: Women’s 6-kilometer race: 11:30 a.m. (MT)

Men’s 10-kilometer race: 12:30 p.m. (MT)

THE FIELD: 38 teams will compete on the women’s side, while 31 are in the field for the men’s race.

Long considered one of the deeper region’s nationally, the West Region features the most USTFCCCA nationally ranked teams on the women’s side, and the second-most on the men’s.

Ranked teams in the women’s race include: No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 San Francisco, No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 Boise State, No. 16 Washington, No. 26 California. On the men’s side, ranked teams include: No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Portland, No. 10 UCLA, No. 13 Oregon, No. 20 Washington, No. 26 Boise State, No. 27 Washington State, and San Francisco (RV, 7).

Boise State’s men’s team checks in at No. 6 in the latest USTFCCCA region rankings for the West, while the women are fourth.

LINEUP:

Men Women
Chandler Austin Alexis Fuller
Riley Campbell Sadi Henderson
Addison Dehaven Minttu Hukka
Miler Haller Grace McConnochie
Ahmed Muhumed Anna McDonald
Andrew Rafla Clare O'Brien
Yusuke Uchikoshi Allie Ostrander
Michael Vennard Emily Venters

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State landed a combined seven runners on All-Mountain West teams at the 2017 Mountain West Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. (Oct. 27). The women’s team took second to New Mexico, with Allie Ostrander, Emily Venters and Minttu Hukka earning All-Mountain West honors. The men’s team took third – five points behind then No. 17 Air Force. Miler Haller earned first-team All-Mountain West honors, while Addison Dehaven, Michael Vennard and Riley Campbell made the second-team. Ahmed Muhumed was also named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year.

LAST YEAR: Both the men and women finished seventh at last season’s West Region Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Brenna Peloquin finished third in the women’s race and later qualified to nationals, while Yusuke Uchikoshi finished 21st to earn All-West Region honors.

The men’s team later earned an at-large bid to nationals.

LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY: Boise State is looking to qualify both teams to nationals for only the second time in program history. Both team’s qualified in 2015 – with the women taking second to auto-qualify. The men took fifth and later earned an at-large bid to nationals.

The men’s team is looking to qualify to nationals for the third-straight season. Boise State has sent at least one full team to the national championships for three-straight years.

INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS: A Bronco has finished in the top three of the women’s field for four-straight seasons. Emma Bates and Ostrander won the West Region in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Bates took second in 2014, while Peloquin’s third-place finish last season continued the streak.


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