Braden Completes Bronco Cross Country Career

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Senior All-American Forest Braden ran his final race as a member of the Bronco cross country team, Monday, at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Braden, the Western Athletic Conference’s Runner of the Year, finished 50th in his third career appearance at the national championships, and was the highest finisher from the WAC. He posted a 10,000-meter time of 31-minutes, 56.6-seconds, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. He was just 24.4 seconds back of a top 25 finish, and 1:11.7 back of race winner Josh Rohatinsky of Brigham Young.

Braden’s best effort at the national championships came in 2004, when he earned All-America status by finishing 24th. His time in the 10,000m race was 31:31.7, less than a minute behind the national champion. It was only the fourth time a Bronco has earned cross country All-America honors.

In seven races this season, Braden recorded six finishes in the top six. He captured victories at the Charles Bowles Invitational and the WAC Championships. He was the first Bronco in school history to win the conference championships individually.

Braden began his Boise State cross country career in 2002, winning his first race as a Bronco at the Northwest Nazarene Invitational. Since that race, Braden posted six more individual victories, four appearances at the regional championships, three appearances at the national championships, and was named to the All-WAC First Team three times.

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