Nov. 12, 2013
► WHAT'S HAPPENING - The Boise State cross country teams head to Sacramento, Calif., to race in the 2013 NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships, Friday (Nov. 15).
► MEET SPECIFICS - The 2013 NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Sacramento State at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Friday, Nov. 15. The men's 10-kilometer race will begin at 11:30 a.m. MT, while the women run a 6-kilometer race at 12:45 p.m. MT. Each races' top-25 finishers will receive medals, while the top-two teams in each race receive plaques.
► CHAMPIONSHIP INFO - NCAA West Regional Championship information can be found at: http://www.hornetsports.com/sports/xc/index. Course information, maps and race information can be found in the right-hand column under "2013 NCAA West Regional."
A full USTFCCCA Regional Central can be found at: http://www.ustfccca.org/infozone/regional-championship-central.php.
► LIVE RESULTS - Live race results will be available at: http://www.rtspt.com/events/ncaa/d1westxc13/. Fans can also sign up for live race text updates at: http://www.sml1.com/recordtiming/rtxcupdates.html.
► RACING BRONCOS - Competing for the Bronco women are: Emma Bates, Marisa Howard, Kate Jette, Lauren Lucas, Shelby McIntyre, Erin McLaughlin and Taryn Treadway.
Competing for the Bronco men include: Aaron Back, David Elliott, Jeff Howard, Kyle Merritt, Drew O'donoghue-McDonald, Allan Schroeder and Zach Wiles.
► ADVANCING TO NATIONALS - The top two teams in each of the nine NCAA regions will earn automatic bids to the NCAA National Championships, Saturday, Nov. 23. Once the top 18 teams earn their automatic bids, 13 additional teams are selected by the NCAA to join the races in Terre Haute, Ind.
Individually 38 men and 38 women (top four per region) who are not on an advancing team earn automatic bids, only if they earn a top-25 regional finish. Once all automatic bids are set, two individuals from across each region are selected as at-large competitors for both the men's and women's races.
► WEEKLY RANKINGS - In the most recent USTFCCCA regional rankings released Nov. 4, the Boise State men and women each rank No. 6 in the west region. The Bronco women hold tight to the No. 25 spot in the Nov. 5 national rankings, while the men slid to the 'receiving votes' category of the national polls.
► A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION - Boise State (No. 25 women) will take on 39 other teams from the NCAA West Region, including Arizona (No. 1 women), Arizona State (No. 28 men, No. 26 women), Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, California, CSU Bakersfield, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon (No. 4 men, No. 15 women), Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland (No. 10 men), Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego, San Diego State, San Francisco (No. 17 women), San Jose State, Santa Clara, Seattle, Southern California, St. Mary's (Calif.), Stanford (No. 6 men, No. 18 women), UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UNLV, Washington (No. 29 men, No. 12 women), and Washington State.
The Bronco women have faced Oregon, Washington and Stanford this season, while the Bronco men have faced Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Portland, topping the Huskies at the Bill Dellinger Invite.
► LAST TIME OUT - Boise State's most recent competition was Nov.1at the 2013 Mountain West Championships at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Junior Emma Bates led the women's team to a second-place finish, while capturing the individual race title. Bates was also named the MW Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year and an All-MW First Team honoree. Marisa Howard joined her as a first-team honoree after placing third, while Taryn Treadway was named to the second-team after placing 12th. Aaron Back placed 12th, leading the men to a fourth-place team finish. Back's finish garnered him a second-team nod as well.
► REGIONAL REVIEW - The Bronco men will be competing in their ninth consecutive NCAA Regional Championship, while the women will compete in their fourth. Most recently the Broncos placed ninth (men) and 10th (women) at the 2012 regional championships.
The highest Boise State has ever placed at a regional meet (since beginning in 1997) is seventh on the men's side (2010) and sixth on the women's side (1997). Prior to 1997, the championship was a 'district meet'.
In the Broncos' history of all district and regional championships, the men have placed as high as second (1996), while the women have tied for fourth (1989). In Bronco regional/district history, Forest Braden holds the top individual finish, placing fifth at the 2004 meet in Fresno, Calif. Proving to be a lucky site for the Broncos, the top individual finish by a Bronco woman was also in Fresno where Melinda Campbell placed fifth in 1998.