Boise State head cross country coach Corey Ihmels guided his women's team to a second-place finish and the men to third place at the Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships last Friday in Reno, Nevada. Ihmels was generally pleased, but saw some things to work on as the team gets ready for the NCAA Regional Championships.
"I thought they battled tough. There were some bright spots and some we know we need to work on."
Freshman Allie Ostrander captured the individual title on a hilly course in high altitude, and took home Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year, Freshman of the Year and All-Conference honors. Fellow freshman Brenna Peloquin ran solid as well, earning a ninth-place finish and Second Team All-Mountain West. Ihmels noted the great progress Brenna has made: "She had five New Mexico girls ahead of her that all have a chance to be All-American, and Brenna's a freshman. She battled all the way through."
Michael Vennard finished fifth for the Bronco men, and had a bit of a dilemma when Colorado State's Jerrell Mock made a surprise early move to a quick lead. Ihmels applauded Vennard's team-first mentality: "He had a choice; he could either go with it or wait and in his head, I think he thought 'let's wait because if I go, the rest of the field's going to string out and that might not be the best thing for our team.' So he really did have a team-first mentality there, which I was proud of him for that."
The Broncos are training for the Regionals, which will be at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle, Washington on November 30.