Aug 29, 2013
The 2013 Boise State cross country season is set to begin Sept. 6, under the direction of new head coach Corey Ihmels and his staff.
The Bronco women and men enter the season ranked second and third, respectively, in the 2013 Mountain West Preseason Coaches' Poll, after placing third and fourth, respectively, in 2012. The Bronco men hold tight to No. 9 in the 2013 USTFCCCA Preseason West Region poll, while the women sit at No. 10, the same positions they held at the end of 2012.
Boise State will start its season at the Utah Open on Sept. 6 in Salt Lake City's Murray Park. One week later they will compete at the Roger Curran Invitational (Sept. 14) at West Park in Nampa, Idaho, followed by a second Treasure Valley meet, the Coyote Twilight (Sept. 21) at Caldwell's Brothers Park.
Moving on to the meat of their season, the Broncos head to Eugene, Ore., to compete in Oregon's Bill Dellinger Invitational (Oct. 5) at Springfield Country Club, followed by the prestigious Pre-National Invitational hosted by Indiana State (Oct. 19) at LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
Postseason begins Nov. 1, heading to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete at the Mountain West Championships. Sacramento State will host the 2013 NCAA West Regional Championships Nov. 15 at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course (Sacramento, Calif.), followed by a return to the LaVern Gibson Championship Course for the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 23.
Ihmels inherits a solid group of student-athletes, including 14 seniors, 10 juniors, six sophomores and 13 freshmen between the men's and women's teams.
The Bronco women return two Mountain West All-Conference First Team honorees in senior Tessa Murray and junior Marisa VanderMalle, while returning four-time track and field All-American, Emma Bates, after redshirting the 2012 cross country season.
In addition the Bronco women return a handful of strong seniors in Kate Jette, Lauren Lucas, Erin McLaughlin, Rici Morrill and Taryn Treadway who all ran as part of the team's top-seven last season.
The Bronco men return 2010 USTFCCCA All-Region honoree, Jeff Howard for his senior season, as well as junior David Elliott, senior Drew O'donoghue-McDonald and senior Allan Schroeder who were key components to last season's line-up.
On the men's side, junior Aaron Back and senior Zach Wiles look to continue their important roles as top-seven runners from last season as well.
A strong upper-class will help to guide a talented sophomore and freshman corps for both the men and women, in goals of landing at the top of the conference and developing an NCAA National qualifying program on an annual basis.