Track & Field

Broncos Shoot for History in Texas

March 8, 2018

Live Results | Live Stream (Friday) |Live Stream (Saturday)
Meet Schedule | Women's Heat Sheets

The No. 13-ranked Boise State women's track and field team will contend for national titles in three individual events as well as the women's distance medley relay, March 9-10, at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Events will be held at Gillam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M.

The Broncos have Sadi Henderson (800m), Clare O'Brien (5,000m) and Allie Ostrander (3,000m) competing for individual titles, while Henderson and Ostrander will team up with Alexis Fuller and Chelsea Walker for the distance medley relay, with Amy Pfaff serving as an alternate.

The six total athletes are the most Boise State has ever sent to an indoor national championship.

WATCH: The ESPN family of networks will provide coverage of the national championships throughout the weekend, airing on ESPN3 and ESPN2. The complete schedule can be found below (All times Mountain).

Friday (March 9) |ESPN3- 4:30 p.m.
Saturday (March 10) |ESPN3- 3 p.m.
Sunday (March 11) |ESPN2 (Tape Delay)- 5 p.m.

BOISE STATE SCHEDULE: Boise State will have athletes competing both days of the national championship.

Friday (March 9)
Sadi Henderson (800m, semifinal)- 6:25 p.m. (MT)
Clare O'Brien (5,000m, final)- 7:25 p.m. (MT)
Distance Medley Relay (final)- 8 p.m. (MT)

Saturday (March 10)
Sadi Henderson (800m, final)- 4:40 p.m. (MT)
Allie Ostrander (3,000m, final)- 5:25 p.m. (MT)

WHAT GOT THEM HERE: With individuals needing one of the 16-fastest times in the nation, and relays needing a top 12 mark, the Broncos got their distance medley relay to Texas with the nation's leading mark of 10:55.32. Boise State ran 11:05.39 to win the Mountain West title, but their altitude converted time moved them to the top of the rankings.

This is the first time Boise State has sent a women's relay, a distance medley relay, or any relay to an indoor national championship. The only other relay to qualify for a national championship was the men's 440-yard relay in 1975.

Henderson is the highest-ranked Bronco in their respective events. The redshirt junior is fifth in the nation in 800 meters with an altitude-converted time of 2:03.26. She ran 2:03.95 to win the Mountain West title in a new school record. This is Henderson's second-time at the indoor national championship, as she earned second-team All-American honors last year in the same event.

Ostrander will also be making her second appearance at the indoor national championships. She qualified in 2015 in both the 3,000m and 5,000m. She owns the nation's 10th-fastest time in the 3,000m of 8:59.98, a time she ran at the Husky Classic (Feb. 9).

This will be O'Brien's first appearance at the indoor national championship. The sophomore is ranked seventh in the 5,000m thanks to her 15:42.60 - the fastest indoor 5,000m time by an Australian woman - which she ran at the Husky Classic (Feb. 8).

A CHANCE AT HISTORY: The Broncos are in position to have their highest-finish ever at an indoor national championship. With entries in four separate events - the most on the women's side since three reached the 1996 championships -- the Broncos have the opportunity to eclipse the 12 points scored by the team in 2009. That year, Eleni Kafourou won the long jump and took seventh in the triple jump.

Kafourou's title is still the only indoor national title Boise State has won on the women's side.

The best finish by the program is 19th (2009 & 2014).

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