Broncos Conclude Season at 2009 NCAA West Region Cross Country Championships

EUGENE, Ore. - The Boise State men's cross country team completed their 2009 campaign on Saturday morning racing in the NCAA West Region Championships hosted by the University of Oregon at the Springfield Country Club in Eugene, Ore. The Bronco men finished 15th out of 26 teams while Boise State's sole women's competitor, freshman Shannon Porter, placed 101st out of 184 runners.

Boise State's women's team did not qualify for the NCAA West Region Championships, however, Porter qualified as an individual placing 101st in her first NCAA race. Porter clocked a time of 22 minutes, 59.35 seconds over the 6-kilometer course.

The Bronco men scored 443 team points in the 10-kilometer race with freshman Jeff Howard leading the team with his 54th-place finish. Howard clocked a time of 32 minutes, 4.23 seconds to lead the orange and blue pack. Junior Sawyer Bosch was the second Bronco to cross the finish line, clocking a time of 32 minutes, 59.50 seconds to place 94th overall.

Finishing at nearly the same time, juniors Scott Foley and Kevin Higgs placed 97th and 98th, respectively, running in times of 33 minutes, 6.7 seconds and 33 minutes 7.31 seconds. Sophomore Brian Pierre rounded out the scoring Broncos with his 110th-place finish, clocking a time of 33 minutes, 24.54 seconds. Boise State's sixth and final runner was freshman Zach Wiles who placed 119th overall. Wiles ran a time of 33 minutes, 35.09 seconds. Freshman Kevin Rosaaen who was scheduled to race did not start.

Stanford won the men's team title with 27 team points, capturing the top three individual places. Chris Derrick, who earned the individual race title with a time of 30 minutes, 38.84 seconds, led the Cardinal. The University of Portland men finished second as a team with 84 points.

The University of Washington was the team champion in the women's race with 25 team points, earning the first and third place individual finishes to lead the pack. Kendra Schaaf, who ran the course in a time of 20 minutes, 41.70 seconds, led the Huskies. The University of Oregon women finished second as a team with 66 points.

The Broncos conclude their 2009 season with the NCAA West Region Championships. The top-two teams in each race advance to the NCAA National Championships. The NCAA National Championships will be held on Monday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

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