Saturday, Oct. 30, is a day that the Boise State men’s cross country team will always remember. It was a day in which they outran, outlasted and conquered the competition; ending with the team holding the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Championship trophy.
“I think it was our meet to lose, we stepped up and we got the job done, so it feels great,” cross country coach Brad Wick said.
The men ran to their first ever WAC title at Virgil Phillips Farm County Park in Moscow, Idaho, a detail that wasn’t lost by Wick.
“Even though their team (Idaho) wasn’t our rival in the meet, it feels good to go there because their fans have very poor sportsmanship, so it feels extra good to get the WAC championship on their turf,” Wick said.
Heading into the meet, the Broncos were ranked second to the Utah State Aggies, who looked primed to get their sixth straight title.
“Every year, we look at it as we can beat them (Utah State), we can beat them, but somehow they always come up putting it together and getting the win. This year we knew we were much deeper than them, and we knew we were better than them up top as well,” said Wick
The Broncos finally did beat USU, having three runners place in the top ten. Senior Sawyer Bosch led the way, finishing fourth with a time of 24:43.45, while freshmen Allan Schroeder and Drew O’donoghue-McDonald finished ninth and tenth respectively.
“It feels good. It’s the first time we’ve won the cross country championships since we’ve been in the WAC. First and last I guess because we’re going to the Mountain West (Conference) next year,” Bosch said.
Also, head cross country and track and field coach J.W. Hardy was named WAC Men’s Coach of the Year, an award that is really split between Hardy and Wick.
“It’s the athletes that kind of get it for us. The winning team normally gets coach of the year, but also along with that comes recruiting a good team and obviously putting it together. So, it feels great,” Wick said.
With the conference championship win, the Broncos cement a spot in the west regional meet which will be held in Springfield, Ore. on Nov. 13. The Broncos are confident about their chances.
“I just think that we have to put it all together and if we do that, I think we will do pretty well,” Bosch said.
To prepare for the race, coach Wick will make sure his runners are well rested.
“We kinda felt like that as a whole, we were a little under-rested coming in (to the WAC championships). We had a few people that ran flat. Normally what that means is that the next time they race, they won’t be running flat, they will be rested and ready to go. So, I think that we are ready and excited to run well at regionals,” Wick said.
Boise State will be represented by both the men’s and women’s cross country teams at the west regional championships, as both teams will try to reach the national championships.