Boise State freshman Brenna Peloquin is from a family of runners--her parents, her two other brothers, and her twin brother Tristan all run. Tristan is redshirting this year at Portland University.
Peloquin says she began as a gymnast in kindergarten, but given the physicality and the time demands of the sport, she decided to join the rest of her family and pursue running. Peloquin suffered an injury her sophomore year at Gig Harbor High School, but persevered and in her junior season, won the Washington state championship in the 3,200 meters. Now, she is on scholarship and helping to build something special at Boise State under head coach Corey Ihmels.
Among her accomplishments this season, Brenna finished 27th at the prestigious Wisconsin Invitational on October 16--she finished fourth among freshman at the meet. This week, Peloquin and her teammates travel to Reno, Nevada for the Mountain West Conference Cross Country championships this Friday. Peloquin is eager to test herself: "I'm really excited. I've got a lot more confidence in myself. I can't wait to see how I do at conference."
Peloquin and the Broncos talk about what they want to accomplish and Brenna sees a bright future for the Boise State team: "It's really exciting because we're not graduating anyone after this year, so next year we're going to be even stronger," she said.
(BroncoCountry video by Rod Couch)
Ihmels built a strong reputation as someone who can really help develop long distance runners when he led the Iowa State program to two Big 12 titles. Since he came to Boise State, some of the top runners in the nation are flocking to Boise to learn under him. Peloquin said that Ihmels has helped her and is the perfect coach for her: "He's really relaxed and he helps me find that confident side of me. He also is pretty goal-oriented and so he tells me straight up what he thinks I can do."
The Bronco men start off the Mountain West championships Friday morning at 11 Mountain Time, followed by the women at 11:45.