Aug. 7, 2017
Coming off a 2016 campaign where the men's team claimed the team conference championship, Yusuke Uchikoshi won the individual league title and Brenna Peloquin led all Boise State runners at nationals with a sixth-place finish, both the Bronco men and women will be striving for another successful season in 2017. The Blue and Orange will compete in four regular season meets before the Mountain West Championships, set for Oct. 27 in Albuquerque, N.M.
"We are excited about the upcoming season and feel that our schedule sets us up for an exciting year," head coach Corey Ihmels said. "We really felt like our groups would benefit from some different opportunities, and we made a point to have our schedule reflect that."
The Broncos will begin the season with the Oregon XC Preview on Sept. 7 - a meet hosted in Springfield, Ore., on the Ducks' home course. Boise State last traveled to Oregon for a cross country meet in 2013, competing in the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
The next meet will feature an East Coast trip to the home of the 2017 NCAA National Championships - Louisville, Ky. Boise State will get a taste of what to expect in November on Sept. 30 when they run in the Greater Louisville Classic. The Broncos ran the E.P. Tom Sawyer Park Course at the 2015 national championships where Allie Ostrander took second and the women were 11th - tying for the best individual and team finishes at nationals in program history.
The Steve T. Reed Memorial (Oct. 6) in Logan, Utah will serve as a brief respite before another lengthy road trip on Oct. 13 with the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis. Brenna Peloquin claimed the individual title last year on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course while Ostrander was victorious in 2015. Boise State is the only school to have two different back-to-back winners in the meet's history, and will be looking to add to the streak in 2017.
"An early trip with our groups to Eugene along with a chance to run on the NCAA course in Louisville will start our season off well," Ihmels said. "We always look forward to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational as great preparation for the championship portion of our season."
New Mexico will host the conference championships on Oct. 27.
The NCAA West Regional Championships will take place in Seattle, Wash., on Nov. 10. The Broncos will then return to Louisville, Ky., for the NCAA National Championships on Nov. 18 on the E.P. Tom Sawyer Park Course.