2016-17 Review: Spring

July 19, 2017

Boise State Athletics enjoyed a banner year during the 2016-17 season, winning five conference team championships and finishing No. 71 in the Learfield Directors' Cup. It is the fourth consecutive top-75 finish for the Broncos and the school's 11th in the 24-year history of the award. Boise State also racked up 26 individual conference title, three athletes of the year and 12 All-America honors. This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the year that was. The series continues with the spring sports season.

After great success on the field and in the classroom through the fall and winter, Boise State Athletics arguably saved the best for last. Allie Ostrander capped the 2016-17 season with a national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ostrander became the 10th individual national champion in Boise State history and was named the Mountain West Women's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the fourth Bronco to be named conference athlete of the year this season.

The men's and women's track and field programs added seven conference titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Sadi Henderson swept the 800-meter championships in both seasons and earned second-team All-America accolades at the outdoor national championship meet.

Boise State softball won 33 games and made the first postseason appearance in program history with a berth in the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship. Senior pitcher Christina Washington recorded the first perfect game in school history and Rebekah Cervantes led the way on offense en route to her second straight All-Mountain West First Team honor.

Youth was served on the tennis court and golf course for the Broncos. Men's golf student-athlete Brian Humphreys became the first freshman to win individual medalist honors at the Mountain West Men's Golf Championship in conference history.

The season concluded with 111 Broncos being named to the Spring Academic All-Mountain West Team, the second most of any school in the conference.

Women's Track and Field

  • Allie Ostrander: Won 3,000m steeplechase national title in a time of 9:41.31 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships; took fourth in the 5,000m at outdoor nationals just 75 minutes after winning the steeplechase, crossing the line in 15:46.18; helped Boise State to a tie for 13th place in the team standings thanks to her 15 points; earned USTFCCCA All-America honors in both events; Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year; Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field 10,000m Champion
  • Sadi Henderson: Qualified to both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 800m, picking up USTFCCCA All-America honors in both trips; Indoor and Outdoor Mountain West 800m Champion; set school record in both the indoor 800m (2:04.01) and outdoor 800m (2:02.33); competed at the USATF Outdoor Championships in the 800m
  • Clare O'Brien: Competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 5,000m, earning USTFCCCA All-America honors; Indoor Mountain West 3,000m Champion
  • Distance Medley Relay Team: Won the Mountain West title and the indoor conference championships for the second-straight year as the Bronco team of Sadi Henderson (1,200m), Amy Pfaff (400m), Alexis Fuller (800m) and Clare O'Brien (1,600m) clocked an 11:19.39
  • Seven individuals combined to earn nine All-Mountain West honors between the indoor and outdoor conference championships: Alexis Fuller (indoor distance medley relay and outdoor 1,500m), Sadi Henderson (indoor 800m, indoor distance medley relay and outdoor 800m) Allison Jeffries (indoor pole vault), Clare O'Brien (indoor 3,000m and indoor distance medley relay), Allie Ostrander (outdoor 5,000m and outdoor 10,000m), Brenna Peloquin (indoor 5,000m) and Amy Pfaff (indoor distance medley relay). - Qualified seven individuals to the NCAA West Preliminary Championships: Alexis Fuller (1,500m), Sadi Henderson (800m), Courtney Hutchinson (shot put), Allison Jeffries (pole vault), Anna McDonald (3,000m steeplechase), Clare O'Brien (5,000m) and Allie Ostrander (3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m)

Men's Track and Field

Softball

  • Made the first postseason appearance in program history, qualifying for the National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC) and reaching the title game of the Ogden Regional
  • Finished the season with a record of 33-20, the win total coming up just one shy of the program record of 34 set in 2012
  • Rebekah Cervantes was named to the All-Mountain West First Team for the second-straight year, turning in an all-time season in which she batted .432 with 70 hits, 46 runs, 15 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 50 RBIs
  • Senior LHP Christina Washington threw the program's first perfect game, setting down all 21 Maryland Eastern Shore batters she faced in Boise State's 8-0, five-inning win on Feb. 25

Men's Golf

  • Finished third at the Mountain West Championships, the highest MW finish in program history
  • Closed the event at 16-under as a team, just two strokes behind the winner, UNLV
  • Freshman Brian Humphreys turned in a banner campaign, becoming the first freshman to win Mountain West medalist honors, qualifying for an NCAA Regional, winning three tournaments, posting five top-10 finishes and being named Mountain West Freshman of the Year
  • Humphreys (-12) and Donny Hopoi (-10) finished 1-2 at the Mountain West Championships, becoming just the second pair of teammates to do so in the history of the conference's marquee event
  • Boise State won its first team tournament title since October 2013 when the quintet of Humphreys, Hopoi, Connor Johnstone, Tristan Rohrbaugh, and Mason Schulze captured the Del Walker Intercollegiate (Feb. 27-28)

Women's Golf

Women's Tennis

  • - Finished year with 13-9 record, matching the program's most wins in the last six seasons
  • Top two singles positions played exclusively by freshmen and sophomores all season
  • Anja Dokic: first Bronco to earn national singles ranking since 2013; peaked at No. 87, highest for a Bronco since 2010; defeated 27th-ranked singles player, first ranked win for a Bronco since 2011; ranked No. 13 in year-end Mountain Region rankings, highest-ranked freshman in the region
  • All-Mountain West: Anja Dokic (singles), Hanna Kantenwein (doubles) and Wiktoria Nosek (doubles)
  • Team received NCAA Public Recognition Award
  • Six Broncos named to Spring Academic All-Mountain West Team

Men's Tennis

  • Kyle Butters earned All-Mountain West honors in singles play
  • Butters and Jack Heslin received All-Mountain West recognition for doubles play
  • The team was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) National Community Service Award recipient for 2017, they also earned the region award. This is the first such national honor for the program
  • Ryland McDermott, Brian Tran and Greg Wischer were all named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or better
  • Four Broncos Ryland McDermott, Brian Tran, Greg Wischer and Pedro Platzeck were named to the Spring Academic All-Mountain West

Beach Volleyball

  • The Broncos went 5-6 in their fourth year of competition including sweeping Oregon in a pair of matches
  • The beach Broncos earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for a combined GPA at or above 3.30
  • Boise State’s No. 2 pair of Sierra Nobley and Sabryn Roberts went 7-4 during the season, as did the No. 3 pair of Emily Sullivan and Janell Walley
  • Seven of the Broncos were named to the Academic All-Mountain West Team in the fall


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