BOISE, ID--Boise State sophomore Brenna Peloquin is back in town after her impressive victory last Saturday in the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Peloquin broke away from Michigan All-American Erin Finn with about 1.5 kilometers to go and won the women's 6k race by 11 seconds with a time of 20:57. Prior to the race, Peloquin said she felt really good.
Peloquin ran off to a fine start and joined the pack of lead runners fairly quickly. "For me personally, I like getting out into a good position. I just like to be in striking distance if a move is made."
She then joined Finn for the lead and after a kilometer or so, those two distanced themselves from the field as Finn pushed the pace and Brenna matched her. With about 1.5 kilometers to go, Peloquin sensed an opportunity and as the two runners were going up a hill, Brenna made her move. Finn had difficulty matching Peloquin's move and had to settle for second.
Peloquin's victory in the Griak was one more sign of her incredible improvement at Boise State. She finished 27th in the same race last year before earning three All-America awards (cross country and the 5,000 and 10,000 in outdoor track), becoming the fourth Bronco, the second woman (after Emma Bates) and the first freshman in history to be decorated as a three-time All-American in the same year.
Brenna talked about her improvement: "It's just multiple factors all coming together. When I got to college, it was just that consistency of running that really prepared me to run well. Running at Boise State, being coached by coach Ihmels and coach Hartke...if I chose a different college, I kind of wonder what my career would have been like. I think that i definitely wouldn't have improved as much being coached by anyone else." Peloquin also credited having good teammates to train with and run with every day as a reason for her amazing improvement.
Peloquin and the Broncos resume training to get ready for the Steve T. Reeder Invitational in Logan, Utah next weekend. Boise State will have one other race (the Wisconsin Invitational the following weekend) before hosting the 2016 Mountain West Cross Country Championships. Since Boise State has not hosted a meet in some time, the MW Championships represent a golden moment for Bronco fans to see the nationally-ranked Broncos as well a #1 New Mexico.
The conference championships are set for Friday, October 28 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna. Admission is free.null