No. 11 Women, Rafla To Toe the Line at Nationals
Freshman Andrew Rafla will compete at NCAA Nationals on Saturday.
Nov. 20, 2014

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The Boise State women’s cross country team and Andrew Rafla will compete at the 2014 NCAA National Championships, Saturday, Nov. 22.


Terre Haute, Ind. // LaVern Gibson Championship Course // Indiana State University

Women’s 6K: 10 a.m. (MT)

Men’s 10K: 11 a.m. (MT)

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Representing the Broncos at NCAA Nationals will be: (M) Andrew Rafla; (W) Emma Bates, Marisa Howard, Emma Hyyppä, Tessa Murray, Sarah Hastings, Anna HoldimanGracie Tostenson and Anne Brinegar.

Two Broncos have experience at the National meet. Bates was the 2013 NCAA runner-up, finishing with a time of 20:03.9, falling to then-senior Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth. Her second-place finish earned her fifth all-america honor, which Bates would go on to earn four more over the course of indoor/outdoor seasons.

Sophomore transfer Anna Holdiman competed at the 2013 NCAA Championships with Florida State. Holidman finished 125th in a time of 21:28.9, and the Seminoles earned an eighth-place team finish.


The top-40 finishers in the men's and women's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship races will be awarded USTFCCCA All-America honor, regardless of citizenship. Those earning All-America honors will be given a medal at the national championships. To earn a "podium finish", teams must finish in the top four in team standings.

The No. 11 women’s team is the first team on the women’s side to earn a qualifying spot in Bronco history. The men have accomplished the feat thrice before: 1973, 1976 and 1996. Rafla becomes the 20th male to compete at nationals for the blue and orange. Most recently Jeff Howard represented Boise State at nationals, finishing the shortened (weather) 10-kilometer course in 31:48.5.

On the men's side, the 20 men have qualified 26 times with five men qualifying multiple years. Jose Uribe is the only three-year qualifier for the men and also holds the best finish by a Bronco male, 12th at the 1996 championships.

Bates’ second-place performance last year shattered the previous best by a Bronco female. Melinda Campbell previously held the top female finish at 19th in 1998.

Uribe (1996), Forest Braden (2004) and Josh Danielson (1996) are the only Bronco men to earn All-America status, while Campbell (1998) and Bates (2013) are the only Bronco females. 


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. The Broncos cleaned up awards at the NCAA West Regional. Bates, Elliott and Howard all earned first team all-region honors, while Hastings, Rafla and Vennard took home second-team honors. Bates, Elliott, Howard and Rafla earned All-West Region accolades with their top-25 performances. With the women’s NCAA West Runner-Up and auto qualification to Nationals, USTFCCCA named Corey Ihmels the West Region Women’s Coach of the Year.

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