Boise State Cross Country runs away with titles to kick off fall season

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Ostrander and Uchikoshi secure victory for women’s and men’s teams; men earn a perfect score

The Boise State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the season-opening Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, Washington on Sept. 8, 2018.

The men garnered a perfect score of 15 points, taking the first seven placements and winning the meet as a result. Meanwhile, the women scored 17 points, earning the team title.

The men’s perfect score is the first one in program history since the Idaho Invitational 20 years ago, where the men’s and women’s teams both scored 15 points and landed a victory for Boise State.

“I’m really excited with the way both groups competed,” said Boise State head coach Corey Ihmels. “They followed the race plan very well by getting out hard and staying as a pack. They closed well, and I was really proud of how they started the season.”

Along with the team title, Boise State also snatched individual titles merited by Yusuke Uchikoshi and Allie Ostrander. Uchikoshi (24:17.20) led the men while Ostrander (20:21.70) carried the women.

This is the first meet Uchikoshi has won since the 2016 Mountain West Men’s Cross Country Championships in Kuna, Idaho. This is also notable for Ostrander achieving her sixth career win.

The women’s and men’s cross country teams will compete again at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational on Sept. 28 to preview this season’s national championship course. A second group of Boise State runners will participate in the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Oregon the following day.

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