Rod Couch

Boise State Broncos Cross Country Teams Open in Salt Lake City, San Francisco

The Boise State cross country teams are the last of the fall sports to open their season, with the Bronco squad splitting up to face the University of San Francisco in the Dual in Speedway Meadow, with another contingent of Broncos competing in the Utah Open in Salt Lake City.

The Boise State men's and women's cross country teams compete for the first time this fall, with teams competing in Salt Lake Citiy and San Francisco.

The Bronco women will take on host Utah and Utah Valley in the 4k while the men will dual Utah Valley at the Utah Open in the 6k.  Coach Corey Ihmels will send a separate squad to California for a dual meet with the University of San Francisco.  Michael Vennard, who was a second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection last season, will lead the Bronco men's team in San Francisco, while Sarah Hastings, who won a similiar award last season, will compete today at the Utah Open.  Highly regarded true freshman Allie Ostrander makes her collegiate debut today at Speedway Meadow.  

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Ihmels is looking forward to getting the season underway.

The Bronco women were ranked #20 in the nation in a preseason poll of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.  The Boise State men received votes but were ranked outside of the Top 30.

One senior and two juniors will compete this weekend for the Broncos, with the vast majority of Ihmels' team consisting of underclassmen.

Action gets underway in Utah with the men's 6-kilometer race at 3 p.m. Mountain Time, followed by the women's 4-k at 3:30.  The women's 6-k kicks off the Dual in Speedway Meadow at 4:45, followed by the men's 8-k at 5:30. 

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