The Boise State cross country teams concluded their 2010 season on Saturday (Nov. 13) competing at the 2010 NCAA West Region Championships at Springfield Country Club. The Bronco men made history, earning a seventh-place team finish out of 25 teams, the best in school history. The Bronco women made their first showing since 2005 as a team, placing 21st out of 31 teams.
"Our men had a terrific day," exclaimed head cross country and track and field coach J.W. Hardy. "They made a significant jump in our program with their seventh-place finish. Our women gained valuable experience and I am excited about the future of their program."
The Boise State men went into the meet ranked 10th in the NCAA West Region, but moved up three spots to No. 7 in the meet. They totaled 249 points and finished just behind Washington (216 points). Oregon, who was ranked No. 3 in the nation heading into the meet, won the team title (63 points) upsetting No. 2 Stanford by two points (65 points).
The Boise State women ran as a team for only the fourth time in school history, placing 21st out of 31 teams with 601 points. The University of Washington entered the meet ranked No. 11 in the nation and upset three teams to take the title with 73 points. No. 7 ranked Oregon placed second with 77 points, No. 4 ranked Stanford placed third (86 points) and No. 6 Arizona placed fourth (90).
The Broncos' top finisher of the day was sophomore Jeff Howard, who crossed the finish line in 17th-place. Last season Howard led the Broncos as a freshman, placing 54th. Howard ran his first 10-kilometer race of the season, crossing the finish in a time of 30:32.05. Running second for the Broncos was senior Sawyer Bosch, who placed 35th overall in a time of 30:50.89. Scott Foley and Drew O'donoghue-McDonald placed 57th (31:13.47) and 59th (31:15.61), respectively, while Brian Pierre and Allan Schroeder were 89thrd (31:41.94) placing six runners in the top-100 finishers of the 178-person race. Senior Brad Bogdan rounded out the Bronco squad, placing 108th in a time of 31:55.67. (31:37.76) and 93
For the women, freshman Emma Bates was the Broncos' top finisher, placing 77th out of 221 women's competitors. Bates covered the 6-kilometer course in a time of 21:33.21. Boise State had six freshmen racing in the meet, with five freshmen earning the top-five spots for the team, followed by one senior and one freshman. Tessa Murray was the second Bronco finisher, placing 118th ( 22:10.75), while Alyssa Boucher placed 134th (22:22.82). Sarah Bisterfeldt crossed the finish line in 142nd-place (22:25.77), while Kate Jette was the fifth Bronco across the line, placing 144th overall (22:27.10). Senior Carly Gerard earned a 163rd-place finish in her final cross country race as a Bronco (22:44.83), while Erin McLaughlin rounded out the team with a 178th-place finish (23:01.44).
The University of Portland's Trevor Dunbar won the men's title, battling Arizona's Stephen Sambu to the finish. Dunbar clocked a time of 29:57.89, while Sambu ran a time of 29:57.95. The University of Oregon's Jordan Hasay was the top women's finisher, earning a solid win in a time of 20:01.90.
The top-two teams in both the men's and women's races advance to the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Mon., Nov. 22.
Fresno State men's and women's cross country teams ended the season Saturday at the NCAA West Regional in Springfield, Ore.
The men's team finished 19th overall out of 25 teams, while the women's team finished 26th out of 31 teams in the race. The men ran a 10k race, while the women ran a 6k race at the Springfield Country Club. It was the first 10k and 6k race of the year for each team.
The men were led by Olivier Collin, who finished 30th overall, running the race in a time of 30:49.21. Danny Vartanian finished 79th overall and Olivier Bernard finished 97th overall.
The women were led by Marrijtje Molenhuis, who finished in 110th place, with a time of 22:03.64. Saylah Barserian finished 123rd and Pamela Cruz placed 159th overall.
The University of Hawai'i women's cross country team concluded the 2010 season Saturday with a 30th place finish at the NCAA West Regional Championships at Springfield Country Club.
UH's top finisher was senior Ashley Aitken, who completed the 6K course in 22:23.22 for 135th place. Aitken completed her two-year career with Hawai'i by leading the team in every meet this season.
Freshman Kevyn Murphy followed closely behind in 22:46.87 for 165th place while rounding out the team scorers were Dominique Miller (23:19.22/194th), Ashlee Jimenez (24:06.16/210th), and Liisa Cushing (24:06.99/211th). Also competing for the Rainbow Wahine was Alison Williams (25:21.17/219th).
Washington edged host Oregon for the team championship with 73 total points and four finishers in the Top 20. Oregon's Jordan Hasay captured the individual title, crossing the finish line in 20:01.90.
The University of Nevada cross country team took 18th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship Saturday at Rose Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Nevada finished ahead of Montana State, but behind fellow Western Athletic Conference teams New Mexico State and Utah State. Tenth ranked New Mexico snagged the first-place team spot. Risper Kimaiyo of Texas - El Paso was the first runner to finish the race.
The Wolf Pack was led by senior Janet Martinez (Whittier, Calif.) who ran the 6,000-meter course in 22:28 to finish 74th overall. Martinez was sidelined much of the year by injury, making this just her third race of the season.
Samantha Diaz (So., Shingle Springs, Calif.) and Gloria Sosa (RSo., Carson City, Nev.) took second and third for Nevada. Diaz finished with a time of 22:45 to place 83rd overall, while Sosa recorded a time of 23:05 to claim 101st overall.
Redshirt junior Jenifer McEntire placed 114th overall with a time of 23:21. Nicole Painter (So., Mililani, Hawaii) ran 23:59 to take 122nd overall. Freshman Alissa Hood (Granite Bay, Calif.) finished 128th overall (24:20) to round out the Nevada line up.
New Mexico State
The New Mexico State University cross country team competed at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mountain Regional this past Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The NM State women finished 13th out of 19 teams with 313 total points and beat out conference foe Utah State who finished in the 17 slot. Courtney Schultz of NMSU also garnered All-Region status for the second year in a row after placing 21st overall with a time of 21:09.4 in the women's 6K race.
"Courtney ran very tough today," assistant coach Paul Harkins said. "The women definitely rallied from conference to beat Utah State which was great."
Other women who ran well and scored points for the Aggies were Chelsa McDonnell (22:12.4; 58th), Camille Schultz (22:12.8; 59th), Madelyn Stoltze (22:52.5; 88th), and Brittany Hurt ado (22:55.1; 91st).
As for the NM State men, they finished 12th out of 16 teams with 311 total points in the men's 10K race.
"Kevin Palmer and Kevin Taft ran really well today," Harkins said. " Next year we need two or three guys in the top 30 to really do what we want to do."
Palmer and Taft finished in 52nd and 53rd respectively with times of 31:27.9 and 31:28.2. Other Aggie men finishing and scoring points were Jonah Ruybalid (31:49.4; 63rd), Anthony Ellis (32:10.2; 72nd), and Robert Selph (32:12.0; 73rd).
"With everyone back next year our team should continue to improve," Harkins said.
Overall the University of New Mexico took home both team titles, with Risper Kimaiyo of the University of Texas at El Paso winning the individual women's title in a time of 20:02.5 and David McNeill of Northern Arizona University taking home the individual men's title in a time of 29:24.1.
Individual Aggies compete again at national's Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind., beginning at 10 a.m. (MT).
Utah State sophomore Daniel Howell led the Aggie men to a seventh-place overall finish at the NCAA Mountain Regionals crossing the finish line in 18th place. USU's women finished in 17th place behind sophomore Ruth Hilton.
"I really think our teams ran well," veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel said. "They pulled it together after conference championships and ran well."
Howell completed the 10k course, which was hosted by the University of Utah, in 30:20.6. It is the first time this season that Howell has been the Aggies top finisher. Junior Brian McKenna, who has led the Aggies in every previous race this season, finished just behind Howell as he clocked in at 30:24.1 in 20th place.
"It has been a long time since we have had two runners finish in the top 20," Gensel said. "The men were ranked 10th going into the race and finished in 7th, I think that just shows how well they came together and performed today."
Hilton finished the women's 6k course in 21:54.0 earning 42nd place. It is the second race in a row that Hilton has led the Aggie women, as she finished in fifth-place overall at the Western Athletic Conference championships just two weeks ago.
"Ruth ran a really stong race today. She did great," Gensel added.
Following Hilton was senior Kim Quinn in 75th place clocking in at 22:28.7. Also finishing well for the Aggies was sophomore Kaylee Campbell (22:36.0) in 81st place, junior Jessie Chugg (22:46.8) in 84th place and senior Alicia Wilkins (22:48.7) in 86th place. Sophomore Stephanie Burt (99th) clocked in at 23:04.7 followed, by Alex Litzsinger (105th) at 23:09.3.
Following Howell and McKenna, the rest of USU's men finished within one minute of each other as junior Hunter Nelson (54th) finished in 31:28.5, sophomore Aaron Clements (56th) in 31:30.5, junior Steve Atkinson (61st) in 31:48.7, freshman Kyle McKenna (69th) in 32:04.9 and senior Eric Larson (79th) rouded out USU's men at 32:32.0.
New Mexico (45 points) and Colorado (66 points) finished first and second overall, respectively, on the men's side and both will head to the NCAA Championships. New Mexico's women (53 points) were also able to capture the title earning them a spot at the NCAA Championships, along with second-place finisher Texas Tech (55 points).
The Aggie men took seventh-place with 209 points while the women finished 17th with 364 points.
Last year at the NCAA Mountain regionals, McKenna finished in 19th place to earn him an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. The Aggies will have to wait for a decision from the selection committee to see if Howell's 18th-place finish will be enough for a spot at NCAA Championships hosted by Indianan State on Nov. 20.
NCAA Mountain Regionals is the final team competition of the 2010 season for the Aggies.