Boise State Bronco Cross Country Teams Compete at 2015 West Regional Championships

The top college cross country teams in the West will compete Friday in the 2015 West Regional Championships in Seattle.

SEATTLE, Washington--The University of Washington will host the 2015 NCAA West Regional Friday, November 13 at Jefferson Park Golf Course.  Thirty-two women's and 37 men's cross country teams will compete for the right to advance to the NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky next week.

The women will run a 6-kilometer race beginning at 1 PM Mountain Time, with the men running a 10K beginning at 2 PM.

Traditional powerhouse Oregon is ranked #4, while Coach Corey Ihmels' Boise State women are #9 and the second seed in the West.  #11 Stanford, #12 Washington and #30 Gonzaga are the other nationally-ranked teams in the field.

The #4 Stanford men's team draws the top seed in the West, while Oregon is #7.  #17 Washington, #20 UCLA and #24 Boise State are the other men's teams expected to challenge for berths in the NCAA Championships.

The top two teams in each race automatically advance, while the others will have to hope for at-large berths from the NCAA.  In addition to the 18 automatic bids from nine regional meets Friday, another 13 at-large bids will be extended Saturday based on head-to-head competiton.

The first five finishers for each team earn points for their team based on their finish in the race.  The next two runners may displace runners from opposing teams.  First place is worth one point, second place two points, etc.  Low score wins.

Here is a look at the nationally-ranked women's teams in the West Regional:

#4 Oregon

Waverly Neer finished fifth at the Pac-12 Championship with a time of 20:00.70

Alli Cash was sixth at the Pac-12 Championship (20:05.3).

Senior Molly Grabill was 11th at the Pac-12 Championship in 20:22.1.

Frida Berge was 14th at the Pac-12 Championship with a time of 20:25.3.

Maggie Schmaedick was right behind Berge with a time of 20:25.7.

Senior Annie Leblanc was 26th at the Pac-12 Championships (20:39.8).

#9 Boise State

Shelby Ransom

Allie Ostrander, ranked #1 in the nation by FloTrack, won the Mountain West Conference title on a hilly course with a time of 21:49.97.  Ostrander won the Wisconsin Invitational in 19:19.5.

Rod Couch

Brenna Peloquin earned eighth in the Mountain West Championships (22:56.17), and finished 27th at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 20:17.4.

Minttu Hukka was 45th at the Wisconsin Invitational (20:28.6).

Anna Holdiman placed 11th at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 23:28.56.  Holdiman finished 83rd at the Wisconsin Invitational (20:50.5).

Alexis Fuller placed 32nd at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 24:52.67.  Fuller was #119 at the Wisconsin Invitational (21:10.0).

Charlotte Corless was 20th at the Mountain West Championships in 24:11.01.  Corless finished 163rd at the Wisconsin Invitational (21:33.8).




#11 Stanford

Aisling Cuffe captured the Pac-12 Championship with a time of 19:53.10.  Cuffe is ranked fifth in the nation.

Vanessa Fraser was 12th at the Pac-12 Championship in 20:23.5.  Fraser was 26th at the Pre-Nationals with a time of 20:32.1.

Julia Maxwell finished 19th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 20:30.1.

Sophie Chase was 23rd at the Pac-12 Championships (20:35.9).  Chase came in 41st at the Pre-Nationals (20:41.0).

Claudia Saunders was 25th at the Pac-12 Championships in 20:39.5.

Danielle Katz was 30th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 20:43.4.

Freshman Hannah Long was 32nd at the Pac-12 Championships in 20:46.1.

Hannah Long was 49th at the Pre-Nationals (20:45.6).

#12 Washington

Maddie Meyers finished third at the Pac-12 Championship (19:56.80).  Meyers was 29th at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 20:18.3.  The three-time All-American is ranked 20th in the country by FloTrack.

Anna Maxwell earned 16th at the Pac-12 Championships (20:25).  Maxwell finished 53rd at the Wisconsin Invitational in 20:32.7.

Charlotte Prouse was 17th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 21:25.

Katie Knight finished 22nd at the Pac-12 Championships in 20:34.  Knight was 52nd at the Wisconsin Invitational (20:32.4).

Eleanor Fulton was 34th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 20:51.  Fulton was 89th at the Wisconsin Invitational (20:53.5).

Kaylee Flanagan was 40th at the Pac-12 Championships.  Kaylee finished 70th at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 20:42.6.

Jenna Sanders was 46th at the Pac-12 Championships.

Here's a brief synopsis of the top men's teams:

#4 Stanford

Junior Sean McGorty finished 2nd at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 23:13.7.  McGorty is ranked #7 in the nation by FloTrack.  McGorty was third at the Wisconsin Invitational (23:36.2).

Joe Rosa was 8th at the Pac-12 Championships (23:23.5).  Rosa is ranked #24 by FloTrack.

Freshman Grant Fisher was 11th at the Pac-12 Championships in 23:28.6.

Garrett Sweatt came in 16th at the Pac-12 Championships (23:41.7).  Sweatt finished 22nd at the Wisconsin Invitational (23:56.4).

Jim Rosa finished 20th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 23:47.4.

Cameron Miller was 33rd at the Pac-12 Championships (24:05.8).

 

#7 Oregon

The Ducks are led by two-time defending NCAA Champion Edward Cheserek, the #1-ranked man in the nation.  Cheserek is the first man to win three consecutive Pac-12 titles, and has won 11 of his last 13 cross country races.  Edward finished second at the Pre-National Invitational in 23:22.8.  Cheserek has never finished lower than fourth in a collegiate cross country competition.

Bryan Fernandez was 51st at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 23:52.0.  Fernandez finished 93rd at the Pre-National Invitational in 24:39.3.

Jake Leingang was 23rd at the Pac-12 Championships in 23:52.0.  Leingang placed fourth at the Pre-National in 23:41.4.

Freshman Matthew Maton was 17th at the Pac-12 Championships (23:42.1).

Travis Neuman finished 13th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 23:30.5  Neuman was 29th at the Pre-National with a time of 23:44.5.

Tanner Anderson was 42nd at the Pac-12 Championships (24:26.2).  Anderson finished 40th at the Pre-National Invitational in 23:51.6

Matthew Melancon led a pack of three Ducks for a 29th place finish at the Pac-12 Championships (23:58.3).  Melancon finished 56th at the Pre-National Invitational (24:02.3).

Sam Prakel took 30th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 23:59.0.  Prakel was 81st at the Pre-National with a time of 24:13.3.

Ryan Gil was 31st at the Pac-12 Championships in 24:03.1.

#17 Washington

Izaic Yorks won a sprint finish to finish third at the Pac-12 Championships, the best finish by a Husky male in school history.  Yorks' time was 23:15.  Izaic, ranked 10th in the nation, finished seventh at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 23:39.8.

Colby Gilbert finished 18th in the Pac-12 Championships (23:42).

Fred Huxham placed 22nd at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 23:48.  Huxham was 134th at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 24:37.7.

Tyler King finished 26th at the Pac-12 Championships in 23:54.  King was 83rd at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 24:22.0.

Andrew Gardner came in in 27th at the Pac-12 Championships in 23:56.  Gardner earned a 65th place finish at the Wisconsin Invitational in 24:15.8.

Sophomore Johnathan Stevens placed 39th in the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 24:23.  Stevens came in 124th at the Wisconsin Invitational in 24:33.9.

 #20 UCLA

Senior Lane Werley came in 5th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 23:19.1.  Werley finished 14th at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 23:49.9.

Bruin senior Sergey Sushchickh was 25th at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 23:54.0.  Sergey was 68th at the Wisconsin Invitational (24:16.5).

Another senior, Nick Hartle, was 28th at the Pac-12 Championships in 23:57.4.  Hartle finished 129th at the Wisconsin Invitational (24:36.7).

Jonah Diaz placed 34th at the Pac-12 Championships (24:07.8).  Diaz finished 78th at the Wisconsin Invitational (24:20.3).

Myles Smith was right behind Diaz at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 24:12.5.  Smith was 86th at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 24:23.7.

Austin O'Neil was 41st at the Pac-12 Championships (24:25.8).  O'Neil finished 88th at the Wisconsin Invitational in 24:24.2.

#24 Boise State

Doc Barnes

Michael Vennard was fifth on the hilly course at the Mountain West Championships, crossing in 26:40.37.  Vennard finished 17th at the Wisconsin Invitational (23:51.8).

Rod Couch

Louis McAfee finished 24th at the Mountain West Championships (27:55.78).  McAfee was 37th at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 24:05.8.

Rhys Park earned 14th at the Mountain West Championships in 27:07.28.  Park was #85 at the Wisconsin Invitational (24:22.8).

Addison Dehaven placed 16th at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 27:14.35.  Dehaven was 116th at the Wisconsin Invitational (24:31.8).

Chandler Austin took 12th at the Mountain West Championships (27:03.56).  Austin finished #132 at the Wisconsin Invitational (24:37.1).

Rod Couch

Elijah Armstrong finished ninth at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 27:00.70.  Elijah was #172 at the Wisconsin Invitational (24:54.7).

Dan Oekerman was 17th at the Mountain West Championships in 27:28.83.  

To get to Jefferson Park Golf Course, take Interstate 5, and take exit 163A on Columbian Way.  Go left at the first light on Spokane Street, then take the second right on Beacon Avenue South.  Drive straight 1/4 mile to the clubhouse.  Parking is available at the Jefferson Park clubhouse, and public parking is available along Beacon Avenue.  Parking will fill up fast so be there early.  (Note:  Do NOT park in the VA Medical Center.)


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