SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The Boise State cross country teams concluded their 2010 season on Saturday (Nov. 13) competing at the 2010 NCAA West Region Championships at Springfield Country Club. The Bronco men made history, earning a seventh-place team finish out of 25 teams, the best in school history. The Bronco women made their first showing since 2005 as a team, placing 21st out of 31 teams.
"Our men had a terrific day," exclaimed head cross country and track and field coach J.W. Hardy. "They made a significant jump in our program with their seventh-place finish. Our women gained valuable experience and I am excited about the future of our program."
The Boise State men went into the meet ranked 10th in the NCAA West Region, but moved up three spots to No. 7 in the meet. They totaled 249 points and finished just behind Washington (216 points). Oregon, who was ranked No. 3 in the nation heading into the meet, won the team title (63 points) upsetting No. 2 Stanford by two points (65 points).
The Boise State women ran as a team for only the fourth time in school history, placing 21st out of 31 teams with 601 points. The University of Washington entered the meet ranked No. 11 in the nation and upset three teams to take the title with 73 points. No. 7 ranked Oregon placed second with 77 points, No. 4 ranked Stanford placed third (86 points) and No. 6 Arizona placed fourth (90).
The Broncos' top finisher of the day was sophomore Jeff Howard, who crossed the finish line in 17th-place. Last season Howard led the Broncos as a freshman, placing 54th. Howard ran his first 10-kilometer race of the season, crossing the finish in a time of 30:32.05. Running second for the Broncos was senior Sawyer Bosch, who placed 35th overall in a time of 30:50.89. Scott Foley and Drew O'donoghue-McDonald placed 57th (31:13.47) and 59th (31:15.61), respectively, while Brian Pierre and Allan Schroeder were 89thrd (31:41.94) placing six runners in the top-100 finishers of the 178-person race. Senior Brad Bogdan rounded out the Bronco squad, placing 108th in a time of 31:55.67. (31:37.76) and 93
For the women, freshman Emma Bates was the Broncos' top finisher, placing 77th out of 221 women's competitors. Bates covered the 6-kilometer course in a time of 21:33.21. Boise State had six freshmen racing in the meet, with five freshmen earning the top-five spots for the team, followed by one senior and one freshman. Tessa Murray was the second Bronco finisher, placing 118th ( 22:10.75), while Alyssa Boucher placed 134th (22:22.82). Sarah Bisterfeldt crossed the finish line in 142nd-place (22:25.77), while Kate Jette was the fifth Bronco across the line, placing 144th overall (22:27.10). Senior Carly Gerard earned a 163rd-place finish in her final cross country race as a Bronco (22:44.83), while Erin McLaughlin rounded out the team with a 178th-place finish (23:01.44).
The University of Portland's Trevor Dunbar won the men's title, battling Arizona's Stephen Sambu to the finish. Dunbar clocked a time of 29:57.89, while Sambu ran a time of 29:57.95. The University of Oregon's Jordan Hasay was the top women's finisher, earning a solid win in a time of 20:01.90.
The top-two teams in both the men's and women's races advance to the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Mon., Nov. 22.