Dec. 3, 2015
BOISE, Idaho â€" Boise State checked in at No. 11 in the first set of fall standings for the Learfield Directors' Cup, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) announced Thursday.
The Broncos, with finishes of 11th place and 16th place in women's and men's cross country, respectively, accumulated 124.50 points. That total made Boise State the highest-placed team from the Mountain West (New Mexico was next, in 18th place with 100.00 points) and the second-best team from outside the Resource Five behind Princeton, which was eighth with 139.00 points.
Boise State was powered at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21 in Louisville by top-10 finishes from freshmen Allie Ostrander and Brenna Peloquin. Ostrander, a cross-country Honda Sport Award finalist, followed up her Mountain West and NCAA West Regional titles with a runner-up finish in a time of 19:33.6, while Peloquin took ninth (20:04.3). On the men's side, Mountain West Freshman of the Year Elijah Armstrong was the Broncos' top finisher, coming in 70th with a time of 30:43.9, fifth-fastest amongst all freshmen at the national meet.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports in Division I â€" ten men's and ten women's; and 12 sports in the NAIA-- six women's and six men's.
Syracuse holds the overall lead with 264.50 points on the strength of capturing both the NCAA field hockey and men's cross country titles and finishing 12th in women's cross country.
The next Division I fall standings will be released Dec. 17.