Jan. 9, 2017
Full Men's and Women's Rankings
NEW ORLEANS -- The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Preseason National Team Rankings for the indoor season on Monday, and the Boise State women cracked the top 25 at No. 20. The Broncos are the highest ranked team in the Mountain West Conference.
The rankings were determined through a formula that considered preseason data and specific standards for marks and times. Athletes who possess the qualifying marks and times from previous indoor seasons who still have eligibility for this upcoming indoor season were considered in the calculation of the rankings.
Five Boise State athletes and one relay team recorded the necessary times and marks in previous years to attain preseason ranking consideration.
Allie Ostrander and Brenna Peloquin's times in the 3,000m and 5,000m races from their debut indoor season last year led the way for the Blue and Orange. Ostrander ran an 8:54.27 in the 3K and a 15:21.85 in the 5K, both of which were Mountain West and school records. Peloquin was excellent as well, recording a 9:34.93 at altitude that was converted to a 9:20.77 and a 16:11.90 in the same events.
Junior Minttu Hukka also sports an impressive 5,000m time from last year, as she ran a 16:09.36 at the 2016 UW Invitational.
Senior high jumper Jordan Ward received consideration thanks to a career-best height of 5-10 (1.78m) at the 2015 indoor conference championships. Senior shot putter Courtney Hutchinson was the last individual for the Broncos, as her 51-5.75 (15.69m) from 2015 put her into consideration.
The Boise State distance medley relay team shocked the league last year and ran away with the conference title thanks to a school record time of 11:16.41 at altitude that was converted to an 11:06.17. That team consisted of Alexis Fuller (1,200m), Chassity Love -- who is no longer with the team (400m), Sadi Henderson (800m) and Allie Ostrander (1,600m). The team almost made it to the NCAA Championships, but was the first team out with the 13th-fastest time in the country.
The Broncos have another home meet this weekend with the Ed Jacoby Invitational scheduled for Jan. 13-14 at the Ford Idaho Center.