Boise State cross country begins to gain national attention. Both male and female teams are building momentum with the new national eye staring down on them.
Cross country will have a chance to prove just how far their teams have come. The Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Ore. takes place on Oct. 5. The tournament features some of the best teams in the northwest region, including Oregon with their men’s team ranked fourth and their women’s team ranked fifth in the nation.
The women were on the brink of breaking into the national rankings before falling out of the “receiving votes” category earlier this week. Senior Erin McLaughlin is focused on heading into the tournament, ready to prove that they can compete at a national level.
“It’s our first biggest challenge so far this year,” McLaughlin said. “Oregon is there as well as other very good teams. Even if we’re not able to beat Oregon, we’ll try and be competitive with some of the other teams. It will definitely allow us to prove ourselves and build confidence.”
The men’s team is currently in the “receiving votes” category for the national rankings. Redshirt senior Jeff Howard and company could make a leap forward if they’re able to compete well in the invitational.
“Our coaches always say rankings are just someone’s opinion,” Howard said. “This is an opportunity for us to prove it. Hopefully if we do well the rankings will live up to be true.”
Corey Ihmels is in his first year as head coach of the Broncos. Ihmels has been a major part in why the Broncos have been receiving national attention, and is very excited to compete against larger programs who have been in the rankings numerous times.
“I think any time you travel to a Pac-12 school, it’s a chance to see how we measure up,” Ihmels said. “We’ve done a great job training and getting ready. What that means I don’t know yet. But this gives us a huge chance to go all out and show others what were capable of.”
The invitational is a chance for the Broncos to gain a slew of momentum to head into the postseason. This is one of the largest meets of the year for the teams.
“This could definitely build us some momentum and help us gain a ton of confidence heading into the season and postseason,” Ihmels said.
The meet for the Broncos to prove themselves will begin at 11:30 a.m.