Boise State cross country took part in the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Oct. 3-4. Both the male and female teams flourished, making a stronger case for whether or not the Broncos are worthy of the national attention.
Marisa Howard finished third for the women’s team at the invitational. The national rankings have been kind to the Broncos this season giving both teams momentum moving forward.
“The national rankings came out before the tournament and we moved up two spots,” Howard said. “All this has given us so much confidence before we head into pre-nats (pre-nationals) next weekend. We feel like we’re underrated. But it does feel nice to begin to get some recognition.”
The men’s side is gaining their own share of national attention. They made history on Tuesday (Oct.8), gaining the 19 spot on the national rankings. This marks the first time in the team’s history it has been ranked inside the top 20.
Beating fourth ranked Oregon was the top goal for the team. They fell short, but only narrowly. Allan Schroeder finished fourth in the race and was the Broncos top performer. Drew O’donoghue-McDonald finished second best for the Broncos, and seventh overall.
“We felt like we competed well with Oregon. It was really cool actually,” O’donoghue-McDonald said. “I think we got the job done. And we showed people that the last four years of working very hard is finally beginning to pay off.”
Coach Corey Ihmels, in his first year at the helm, has already developed the Broncos into the biggest national threat in program history. The invitational has given Ihmels a pool of confidence to work with during the rest of the season.
“I think the men especially did a tremendous job of being aggressive and challenging some of the top national teams,” Ihmels said. “The women maybe didn’t do as well as the men. But our work is paying off. Both sides are earning respect. The confidence we have right now should allow us to continue to get national attention and to compete with just about anyone.”
The Bill Dellinger was one of the biggest meets the team will compete in all season. Doing as well as they did speaks volumes of how far the team has improved over the last few years.
The Broncos next meet will be The Indiana State University Pre-Nationals Invitational taking place on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. in Terre Haute, Indiana.