Sophomore Louis McAfee has become one of the stars of the Boise State men's cross country team. The Broncos head to Reno, Nevada this week for the Mountain West Conference championships.
McAfee, who came to Boise State from Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, says his mom was a runner, and she helped him get started in the sport.
Like many of his teammates, McAfee was drawn to Boise State because of Bronco coach Corey Ihmels and his staff. "I was a big fan of the whole idea and what they wanted to do here. And also the foothills--I really like the elevation that we're at."
(BroncoCountry video by Rod Couch)
McAfee finished 28th last season at the Mountain West championships, but both coach Ihmels as well as McAfee himself agree that he is miles ahead of where he was at last year. "I don't think there's any real comparison. I'd like to be in the Top 10 [this year]; I don't really know--just see how the race works out."
McAfee said he feels strong now and has been running a lot more miles this year, hard work that is paying off. McAfee finished third at the Dual at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco in the season opener, 19th at the Roy Griak Invitational (helping the Broncos to a sixth-place finish there), and 37th at the prestigious Wisconsin Invitational. It was in Wisconsin that the Bronco men made their case for a national ranking, placing 11th, and Boise State earned their first ranking this season at #16 in the first coaches' poll afterwards.
The Bronco men's team is expected to challenge for the Mountain West title. They will hit the starting line at 11 a.m. Mountain Time in Reno.