Broncos Women 12th, Men 14th at NCAA West Regional

PALO ALTO, Calif. -Boise State's cross country teams closed out their 2011 season on Saturday (Nov. 12) racing at the NCAA Division I West Region Championships hosted by Stanford University on the Stanford Golf Course.  The Bronco women had a very successful day, entering the meet ranked No. 15 and improving to a 12th-place finish with 349-points. The men captured a 14th-place finish with 418-points after entering as the No. 10 team.  

After sneaking into the USTFCCCA West Region rankings for the first time in school history a couple of weeks ago, the Bronco women entered their first regional championship as a ranked team. Rising to the new challenge, the women were able to capture the third-best team finish in school history. Only the 2001 (9 th) and 2002 (10th) teams have earned higher finishes.

Adding to their record book efforts, Marisa VanderMalle led the Bronco women with a 33rd-place finish, the third-best at a regional meet by a female Bronco (Michelle Carman, 20th, 2001; Robin Wemple, 32nd, 2004). The redshirt-freshman out of Pasco, Wash., clocked a time of 21:10 on the 6-kilometer course.

Aiding in the successful team efforts, sophomore Tessa Murray was close behind, placing 38th in a time of 21:16. Sophomore Emma Bates was third across the line for the Broncos, running a time of 21:30 to place 52nd. Sophomores Erin McLaughlin and Lauren Lucas rounded out the scoring Broncos, placing 109th (22:19) and 117th (22:27), respectively. Sophomore Kate Jette placed 118th (22:27), while classmate Taryn Treadway placed 144th
(22:52) as the final team members on Saturday.
Boise State's men also made headway in their record books, earning their fourth-best team finish in school history. Newly crowned Mountain West Men's Cross Country Freshman of the Year Vince Hamilton led the Bronco men, placing 53rd. His finish was the sixth-best ever by a Bronco, covering the 10-kilometer course in 30:37. Sophomores Allan Schroeder and Drew O'donoghue-McDonald wrapped up the next two spots for Boise State, placing 58th (30:43) and 83rd (31:11), respectively.

Freshman Dakota Parker placed 106 th in a time of 31:43, while redshirt-freshman Andrew Booth earned a 118th-place finish (31:54), rounding out the scorers. Kyle Merritt was the final runner for the Broncos, placing 122nd in a time of 31:59.

The Bronco women raced in a field of 31 teams and 219 student-athletes, defeating two fellow Mountain West members, UNLV (25 th) and San Diego State (28th), as well as in-state rival Idaho (13th). The Bronco men raced in a field of 25 teams and 172 student-athletes, racing against no conference teams and falling to Idaho (12th) by two spots.

The University of Washington captured the women's team title, scoring 50-points. Arizona placed second with 98-points and Stanford was third with 111-points. Oregon's Jordan Hasay earned the individual women's title, covering the 6-kilometer course in a time of 19:44.

Stanford's men won the team title with 50-points, led by Chris Derrick who captured the men's 10-kilometer title in a time of 28:50. Portland finished close behind in second-place with 53-points, while Cal Poly placed third with 122-points.

The top-two teams in both the men's and women's races advance to the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Mon., Nov. 21.

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