Broncos Prepped for NCAA West Regional
Nov. 13, 2014
► WHAT’S HAPPENING - The Boise State men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete at the 2014 NCAA West Regional on Nov. 14.
► MEET SPECIFICS - The 2014 NCAA West Regional will be held at the Stanford Golf Course, hosted by Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., on Nov. 14. The women’s 6-kilometer race begins at 12 p.m. MT, while the men’s 10-kilometer race will begin at 1 p.m. MT.
Both races will start at the second tee of the Stanford Golf Course.
► TO ADVANCE - The top two teams advance to the national meet. Individually, the top four individuals not on qualifying teams will advance, but must have a top-25 finish. There are nine regionals across the country, where 18 teams and 36 individuals will receive auto bids. Thirteen teams and two individuals will be chosen by an NCAA subcommittee on Saturday for at-large selections.
► MEET CENTRAL – Visit here for live results, meet information and post-race quotes from individual qualifiers and coaches of qualifying teams.
► RESULTS & MEET COVERAGE – There will be no live video of the event.
Live results will be posted at recordtiming.com
Twitter: @BroncoSportsXC | @RTSPT | @StanfordXCTF
► SIZING UP THE COMPETITION – The men’s west regional will feature 32 teams, with five of those teams ranked in the national USTFCCCA coaches’ poll. On the women’s side 39 teams will compete at the west regional with six teams ranked in the national polls, including No. 3 Oregon, No. 10 Stanford, No. 15 Washington, No. 24 Arizona State, No. 25 Boise State and No. 27 UCLA. The West regional and the Great Lakes regional each have six teams ranked in the national polls, leading the regional races.
► RACING BRONCOS – Competing for the women will be Emma Bates, Sarah Hastings, Anna Holdiman, Marisa Howard, Emma Hyyppä, Tessa Murray and Gracie Tostenson.
Competing for the men on Friday include: David Elliott, Michael Vennard, Andrew Rafla, Jack Curran, Rhys Park, Louis McAfee and Dan Oekerman.
► LAST WEST REGIONAL – In 2013, the Bronco men placed fourth and the women finished 10th in the West Regional. Emma Bates became the first Bronco to win an NCAA West Region Cross Country title, advancing to the NCAA National Championships. Jeff Howard placed seventh in the men’s 10-kilometer race, also advancing to the NCAA National Championship.
► EARNING HONORS – David Elliott and Emma Bates both claimed individual titles at the 2014 Mountain West Championships on Oct. 31. Their wins earned them first team All-Mountain West honors, as well as Male and Female Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year. Marisa Howard was the second-place finisher, also earning all-conference first team honors. Sarah Hastings, Andrew Rafla and Michael Vennard earned second team all-conference awards, while Andrew Rafla and Emma Hyyppä garnered Freshman of the Year accolades.
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