Nov. 11, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS - The Boise State men's and women's cross country teams both received at-large bids to the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships, Saturday. This is only the second-time in program history that both teams received bids to the national championships.
The men's program has now earned a berth at nationals for the third-straight year, while the women have qualified three out of the past four years.
"Anytime you get both groups through, that's a positive thing," head coach Corey Ihmels said. "Our goal is to be a top 10 program on both sides, and I feel like we put ourselves in a position to do that. I'm excited about competing against the best teams in the country."
The last time both team's qualified for nationals in the same season was 2015 when the women went on to take 11th for the second-straight season - the highest NCAA finish in program history. The men finished 16th in 2015, and 19th in 2016.
All three of the Boise State' team appearances at the NCAA National Championships on the women's side have come under Ihmels' tenure as head coach. The men's team placed eighth at the 1996 NCAA National Championships - the only other time Boise State has qualified a team for the national championships.
The 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. - the same location as the 2015 NCAA Championships - Saturday, Nov. 18.