June 12, 2018
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the final rankings for the Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings, and the Boise State women's cross country and track and field program finished in sixth place. The final mark not only represents the highest USTFCCCA Program of the Year ranking in Boise State history (men or women), but is also the second-highest final ranking for any Mountain West women's program in the history of the award (started in 2008-09), as New Mexico finished fifth this year.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field seasons) based on the institution's finish at the NCAA Championships.
Scoring is based on the team's finish at each NCAA Championship in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points ... 31st = 31 points) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award winner.
With 49.5 points, Boise State only finished behind New Mexico (29), Arkansas (26.5), Georgia (20), Oregon (17) and the winner, Stanford (15).
The Broncos recently tied for 25th place at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 11 points, all of which came from Allie Ostrander in winning the 3,000m steeplechase and taking eighth in the 5,000m.
Despite not earning any points, the remaining Bronco contingent of Alexis Fuller (1,500m), Sadi Henderson (800m), Clare O'Brien (10,000m) and Kristie Schoffield (800m) joined Ostrander to combine for a women's program record of most competitors and entries at outdoor nationals.
O'Brien took earned second-team All-America honors while Fuller, Henderson and Schoffield all received honorable mention All-America honors in their respective events.
In indoors the team finished 17th at nationals. Ostrander - now an eight-time All-America honoree after her performance last week - led the way with a runner-up performance in the 3,000m.
The women's distance medley relay team of Ostrander, Fuller, Chelsea Walker and Amy Pfaff took fifth in a school record time of 10:58.93.
Henderson (800m) and O'Brien (5,000m) both earned individual second-team All-America honors with their performances, as well.
The Broncos took sixth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships thanks to 264 points from the lineup of Ostrander, Fuller, O'Brien, Henderson, Emily Venters, Minttu Hukka and Anna McDonald. The finish at nationals was the highest in program history.