Bronco runners break program records at Cross-Country Nationals

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Boise State’s men and women’s cross-country teams competed at the 2018 NCAA Cross-Country Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, Nov. 18. 31 men and women’s teams, with 255 individual women and 254 men, faced off for the championship title.

The women’s teams competed in a 6k race, where Boise State placed No. 6, with a total time of 1:42:02 and an average time of 20:25 per runner. This is the best finish in cross-country program history for the Broncos. The men’s teams ran second in a 10k race. The men finished No. 19, for the second consecutive year in a row, with a total time of 2:33:48 and an average time of 30:46 per runner.

“The women did a fantastic job,” said head coach Corey Ihmels. “It wasn’t our best race of the year, but they all ran solid and we finished higher than we were ranked.”

Sophomore Allie Ostrander finished fourth place individually, with a time of 19:31:2. Ostrander has excelled throughout the season and has yet to finish an event outside of the top 10 in her career as a Bronco. Ostrander also achieved the NCAA Elite 90 Award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at all 90 NCAA Championship finals sites, across all three divisions.

Junior Addison Dehaven had the fastest time for the men’s team at 29:53.1, finishing No. 31. Sophomore Miler Haller was right on Dehaven’s heels as he finished in 29:58.3 at No. 36.

“I was pretty patient out there. I just wanted to make sure I moved up the whole time and stayed relaxed as much as I could,” Dehaven said. “It was pretty tough sitting out last year with the knee injury and broken arm, so it was good to get back out there and affirm where I wanted to be,” Dehaven said.

Ostrander, Dehaven and Haller all received All-American Honors—the first time for both Dehaven and Haller. This marks the first time the men’s cross-country team ended with two All-American Honors since 1996. Ending with three total All-American Honors is the most in a single NCAA Cross-Country Championship in program history.

“It’s not easy to be an All-American in cross country. They ran with poise and I couldn’t be happier for them,” Ihmels said.

Both the men’s and women’s teams opened this season ranked, for the second year in a row. The men’s team entered the NCAA Championship on Saturday ranked at No. 26, while the women’s team was ranked at No. 10. The championship wraps up Ihemls’ fifth season as head coach for the Boise State cross-country program.

“Our goal is to be a top 10 program,” Ihmels said. “I’m excited to see what the future holds for this program.”

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