Cross Country

XC Men and Women Both Take 7th

Nov. 11, 2016

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Both the men's and women's teams finished in seventh place at the NCAA West Regional Championships on Friday at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif. The women finished with 200 points and were led by Brenna Peloquin's third-place performance, and the men tallied 219 points and were buoyed by Yusuke Uchikoshi in 21st place.

Peloquin clocked a 19:42.0 on the 6-kilometer course and was only defeated by the winner, Amy Eloise-Neal (Washington), and second-place Charlotte Taylor (San Francisco). The Gig Harbor, Wash., native made a big move at the three-mile mark to take the lead, but was eventually caught over the last 800 meters. Regardless, her third-place day gave her the fourth top-five finish of her sophomore season.

Uchikoshi hung with the lead pack for almost the entirety of the race before it strung out, and managed to hang on for a top-25 finish. Because of their results, both Peloquin and Uchikoshi were named USTFCCCA All-West Region honorees.

After Peloquin it was Gracie Tostenson (20:33.4) crossing the line second for the Broncos in 42nd, and freshman Clare O'Brien (20:35.2) was close behind in 44th place as the No. 3.

Wrapping up the scoring for the Blue and Orange was Kyra Lopez (20:52.2) in 56th and Sarah Hastings (20:56.7) in 60th.

The men also logged two additional top-50 finishers after Uchikoshi. Chandler Austin (30:29.1) took 39th and Miler Haller (30:31.0) was 41st to account for Boise State's second and third scores.

Andrew Rafla (30:45.9) performed nicely in crossing the line in 55th, and Riley Campbell (31:04.9) stepped up big as the Broncos' No. 5 and took 67th.

Stanford won the team titles for both the men and women while Washington was second on the women's side and Portland was runner-up for the men.

Both the Boise State men and women will find out tomorrow afternoon if they received at-large team bids to nationals. Peloquin, however, is already guaranteed to represent the Broncos as an individual because of her third-place performance today at regionals.

The NCAA National Championships will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Terre Haute, Ind., at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.

Women (7th/35 Teams -- 200 Points)
3. Brenna Peloquin -- 19:42.0
42. Gracie Tostenson -- 20:33.4
44. Clare O'Brien -- 20:35.2
56. Kyra Lopez -- 20:52.4
60. Sarah Hastings -- 20:56.7
(74.) Minttu Hukka -- 21:11.6
(157.) Amy Pfaff -- 22:19.5

Men (7th/29 Teams -- 219 Points)
21. Yusuke Uchikoshi -- 30:06.8
39. Chandler Austin -- 30:29.1
41. Miler Haller -- 30:31.0
55. Andrew Rafla -- 30:45.9
67. Riley Campbell -- 31:04.9
(121.) Rhys Park -- 32:19.6

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