Which Boise State Team Set The Pace?

BroncoCountry has been conducting polls for the Top Bronco Male Athlete of the Year, Top Female Athlete of the Year and Top Bronco Coach of the Year. Now, in the grand finale, BC posters can help decide the Bronco Team of the Year. Read the following article and then vote for your choice as the top Boise State team of the 2005-2006 school year in the poll on the Bronco Talk board.

For the Boise State Broncos, it was a very good year. For the first time since they joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2001, Boise State won the league's Commissioner's Cup, signifying overall excellence in athletics. Boise State captured four WAC titles and two second place finishes out of just sixteen sports. The Broncos tied for the WAC title in football giving them their fourth consecutive league championship and also won in men's tennis, men's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field. In fact, those four titles by the Bronco men gave them more league championships than anyone in the nation except for Texas and Notre Dame.

Boise State also finished second in women's tennis and gymnastics and the Bronco women's basketball team reached the league semifinals for the first time in history.

Lots of great team stories for one year, but which Boise State team most deserves the title of "Bronco Team of the Year"? Five are featured below, including capsule stories that highlight their successes. Study the strengths, especially paying attention to national rankings, and vote in the BroncoCountry poll on the Bronco Talk board. You may "write in" any team not listed in the poll.




9/3/2005 - ATHENS, Georgia. -- Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score in the season opener for both No. 13 Georgia and No. 18 Boise State, leading the Bulldogs to a 48-13 victory over the Broncos.

9/10/2005 - CORVALLIS, Oregon - Alexis Serna kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:03 to go and Oregon State came from behind to beat Boise State 30-27.

9/21/2005 - BOISE, Idaho -Boise State returned to its winning ways dominating Mid American Conference favorite Bowling Green 48-20 at Bronco Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 30,561, the ninth largest crowd in stadium history. The win was Boise State's 26th straight home win, the longest streak in the country and the 19th longest in NCAA Division 1-A history.

10/1/2005 - HONOLULU, Hawaii - Orlando Scandrick returned two blocked kicks for touchdowns, including the game-tying extra-point attempt with three minutes left, in a wild 44-41 Boise State win over Hawaii on Saturday night. The Broncos scored 37 second half points, including the two special teams touchdowns, to extend their conference winning streak to 27 games.

10/3/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Orlando Scandrick was named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning two blocked kicks for scores in Boise State's 44-41 win at the University of Hawai'i this past Saturday.

10/8/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - It wasn't easy, but Boise State ran its home winning streak to 27 games Saturday night with a 21-14 win over Portland State in front of a sellout crowd of 30,603 at Bronco Stadium. The 27-game home winning streak is the longest in the nation and the 18th longest of all time.

10/15/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State scored 31 unanswered points to end the first half and then held off San Jose State to claim a 38-21 win in front of a sellout crowd at Bronco Stadium Saturday night. The win enabled Boise State to become the fastest school in modern college football history to win 300 games as a four-year school.

10/22/2005 - LOGAN, Utah -Boise State outscored Utah State in each quarter en route to a 45-21 win. The victory also continues two Bronco win streaks - continuing Boise State's Western Athletic Conference win streak at 29 games, and the Broncos WAC road win streak at 15 games.

10/24/2005 - BOISE, Idaho -- Quarterback Jared Zabransky and linebacker Chris Barrios both received XBOX Live WAC Player of the Week honors following Boise State's 45-21 victory at Utah State.

10/29/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State rolled up 460 yards of offense and intercepted five passes in an impressive 49-14 win over Nevada at Bronco Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos ran their home winning streak to 29 games and their conference-winning streak to 30 games in the route of the Wolf Pack.

10/31/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Following an outstanding performance in Boise State's 49-14 win over the University of Nevada, Bronco free safety Marty Tadman was named the XBOX Live WAC Defensive Player of the Week.

11/5/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State did its part to set up a showdown with Fresno State as a battle for first place. The Broncos pounded New Mexico State 56-6 at Bronco Stadium, winning their 30th straight home game and 31st straight league game.

11/10/2005 - FRESNO, California - In Western Athletic Conference football Thursday (Nov.10), Fresno State defeated Boise State 27-7, ending four years of frustration for the Bulldogs and the entire Western Athletic Conference.

11/15/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's Nick Schlekeway and Kyle Stringer were named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team. Schlekeway and Stringer were two of 24 student-athletes from district eight named to the team. 

11/19/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State scored 35 unanswered points en route to a 70-35 win over Idaho at Bronco Stadium.

11/26/2005 - RUSTON, Louisiana - Boise State pounded Louisiana Tech on the ground rushing for 208 yards in the second half en route to a 30-13. The win, coupled with a Nevada win over Fresno State Saturday night, clinched the Broncos a share of their fourth straight WAC championship.

11/29/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Offensive tackle Ryan Clady was named to a pair of Freshman All-America Teams. The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Clady was named first-team by Pat Forde of ESPN.com and second-team by Rivals.com.

12/5/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State, winners of four straight Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships, placed offensive tackle Daryn Colledge, linebacker Korey Hall and defensive tackle Alex Guerrero on the first team of the 2005 All-WAC football squad. Wide receiver Drisan James, running back Lee Marks, defensive tackle Andrew Browning and safety Marty Tadman received second team All-WAC honors.

12/7/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Junior Quinton Jones received honorable mention All-American honors from SI.COM as a punt returner.

12/21/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Members of the Boise State football team excelled in the classroom posting the league's top Graduation Success Rate.

12/27/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Quinton Jones received second-team All-America honors from the Sporting News as a kick/punt returner.

12/28/2005 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State fell behind 27-0, then a second-half rally came up short as the Broncos lost 27-21 to #19 Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl in Bronco Stadium.


1/4/2006 - Boise State finished the season with seven votes in the USA Today poll of the nation's college football coaches, #32 in the nation.



1/13/2006 - BOISE, Idaho - In the first gymnastics meet of 2006 for both Boise State and Arizona State, the Sun Devils defeated the Broncos 193.15 to 189.95 in Taco Bell Arena.

1/20/2006 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State scored 190.325 in a dual win over UC Davis who scored 185.2.

1/27/2006 - DAVIS, Calif. - The Boise State gymnastics team won in a dual meet over UC Davis. The Broncos scored a season high 191.55 to the Aggies' 190.775.

2/3/2006 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State scored a season high 194.225 to win a tri-meet with Southern Utah and Alaska-Anchorage. Southern Utah scored 193.1 for second and Alaska-Anchorage scored 185.825.

2/12/2006 - FULLERTON, Calif. - In women's gymnastics dual action, Cal State Fullerton defeated Boise State by a score of 191.075 to 188.875.

2/17/2006 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State won its own tri-meet with Utah State and Seattle Pacific. The Broncos celebrated their season's second best overall score with a 193.525. Utah State scored 192.225 and Seattle Pacific scored 188.375.

2/20/2006 - BOISE, Idaho -Boise State shocked Brigham Young, 194.775 to 194.525,

2/24/2006 - TEMPE, Arizona - Boise State scored a season road high 192.275 in a third place finish at the Arizona State UNO's Classic. Arizona State won the meet with a 196.95. Oregon State was second with 192.275 while Wisconsin-Oshkosh was fourth with a 181.25.

3/3/2006 - BOISE, Idaho - Boise State won a competitive dual meet, outscoring Sacramento State 194.5 to 193.2

3/7/2006 - Boise State's Taylor Jacob was named the Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of March 6. Jacob, a freshman, helped lead the Broncos to a 194.5-193.2 win over WAC rival Sacramento State. She won the all-around title with a season and career-high score of 39.225. She was also an event winner on the bars with a 9.9 and captured the beam title with a 9.85. She also scored a 9.625 on vault and a 9.85 on floor.

3/10/2006 - LOGAN, Utah - Boise State defeated WAC rival Utah State, 194.425 - 193.3,

3/11/2006 - PROVO, Idaho - The 22nd ranked Brigham Young gymnastics team defeated No. 37 Boise State, 194.85 - 191.85, in a dual meet Saturday.

3/17/2006 - CORVALLIS, Oregon - The Broncos compiled their best road score of the season with 194.55 to take third in the five-team Oregon State Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. No. 17 ranked Oregon State won the meet with a score of 196.55 with No. 18 Kentucky taking second with 196.1. The Broncos, ranked 28th, were third, followed by No. 36 Washington with a 193.35 and Seattle Pacific (190.75).

3/25/2006 - LOGAN, Utah -Sacramento State won the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championship as Boise State finished just 0.175 behind with 193.775 for second place. Southern Utah was third with 193.6. Utah State (193.1), San Jose State (192.8) and Cal State Fullerton (192.6) followed. Bronco freshman Shaniece Craftwon the WAC vault title with a score of 9.875.

4/8/2006 - PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Boise State Bronco gymnastics team did not close their 2006 season in the fashion they had hoped. The Broncos finished last among six teams at the NCAA West Regional Championships. Top seeded Alabama took first with 196.475 with host Stanford second with 195.275. Oregon State took third with 195.8. San Jose State was fourth with 192.375 and Sac State took fifth with 192.050. The Broncos' sixth place finish was a 189.825.


Boise State finished the season ranked #34 in the nation.


 Men's Tennis

10/23/2005 - LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Boise State sophomore Luke Shields defeated Shannon Buck of the U.S. Air Force Academy in two sets, 6-3,6-3, to win the 2005 ITA Mountain Region Singles Championship. Shields and senior Thomas Schoeck also claimed the regional doubles championship with an 8-3 victory over Buck and his doubles partner, Trevor Johnson.

11/2/2005 - Boise State's Luke Shields was named the XBox Live Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Month

11/5/2005 - COLUMBUS, Ohio - Boise State's All-American doubles team of Luke Shields and Thomas Schoeck, the fourth seed in the 2005 ITA Indoor National Championship, lost to the top seed, Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom of Middle Tennessee, 8-3, in the semifinal of the tournament.

1/21/2006 - BOISE - The Broncos and Utes split their singles matches, sending the dual into doubles competition. Utah won two out of the three doubles matches, winning the dual 4.0-3.5.

1/26/2006 - MALIBU, California - Boise State lost to Pepperdine 6-1 in the opening dual of the spring season. The Broncos, ranked No. 28 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, fell to 0-1 on the season as the Waves moved to 5-0 as the nation's No. 9 team.

1/27/2006 - LOS ANGELES, California - Boise State lost to defending NCAA Champion UCLA at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins came into the match as the #5 team in the nation.

1/29/2006 - BOISE - Boise State scored an upset over #13 Texas A&M at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club, downing the Aggies 4-3.

2/4/2006 - ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Boise State defeated Illinois State 7-0.

2/4/2006 - ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The No. 31 Broncos put away New Mexico (No. 64) 6-1.

2/10/2006 - SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Boise State evened the score with #54 Utah in downing the Utes 5-2.

2/11/2006 - PROVO, Utah - Boise completed its second consecutive road trip sweep by knocking off Brigham Young 6-1, ending the Cougars' 12-match home win streak.

2/15/2006 - Boise State freshman Clancy Shields was named the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13, his first ever selection.

3/3/2006 - BOISE - Boise State knocked off PAC-10 foe Arizona 5-2 at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.

3/7/2006 - BOISE - Boise State recorded its seventh consecutive dual victory defeating William & Mary 5-2 at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.

3/11/2006 - With a 7-0 shutout over Oregon, Boise State scored its eighth consecutive victory, improving to 8-3 on the season.

3/16/2006 - MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The 32nd ranked Boise State men's tennis team defeated No. 53 Brown in the first round of the Blue-Grey Classic. Boise State (9-3) defeated Brown (8-2) by a score of 4-2.

3/17/2006 - MONTGOMERY, Alabama -Boise State blanked No. 36 Middle Tennessee State in the quarterfinal round of the Blue-Grey Tournament 4-0 to reach the tournament semifinals.

3/18/2006 - MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The 20th ranked Notre Dame tennis team came from behind to defeat Boise State in a match that went right down to the wire - 4-3.

3/21/2006 - BOISE - In the opening round of the Red Lion Invitational, the Bronco men's tennis team knocked off Nevada, 5-1 at the Appleton Tennis Center.

3/22/2006 - BOISE - The Broncos defeated the University of Texas at Arlington, 4-2, advancing to the third round of the Red Lion Invitational.

3/24/2006 - BOISE - Boise State advanced to the championship match of the Red Lion Invitational with a 4-1 victory over the University of Southern Alabama.

3/25/2006 - BOISE - The Broncos won the championship match of the Red Lion Invitational at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex. Boise State, ranked No. 23 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, defeated the No. 48 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, 4-0, improving to 14-4 on the season.

3/30/2006 - For the second time, Boise State freshman Clancy Shields was been named the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week.

4/8/2006 - BOISE - Boise State extended its winning streak to five matches, shutting out Santa Clara 7-0 at the Appleton Tennis Center.

4/9/2006 - BOISE -The surging Broncos ran away from Montana State 6-1 at the Appleton Tennis Center. The Broncos, now 17-4 and ranked No. 22 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, won for the seventh match in a row and17th out of their last 18 matches.

4/9/2006 - BOISE - Boise State won its first of two matches, posting a victory over Idaho. The Broncos swept each of the three doubles matches for the sixth time this season, and recorded straight-set victories in four of the five singles wins to defeat the Vandals 6-1.

4/12/2006 - BOISE - Boise State was upset by No. 37 San Diego at the Appleton Tennis Center.

4/13/2006 - Boise State's Luke Shields was named the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the week of April 12.

4/14/2006 - BOULDER, Colorado - Boise State was upset 4-3 by No. 28 Colorado at the South Campus Tennis Courts.

4/15/2006 - DENVER, Colo. - The No. 23 ranked Boise State men's tennis team rebounded from a 4-3 loss to No. 28 Colorado with 6-1 victory over No. 62 Denver.

4/19/2006 - Boise State's Thomas Schoeck was named the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the week of April 17.

4/22/2006 - BOISE - With a shutout victory over New Mexico State, Boise State advanced to the title match of the Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Championship.

4/23/2006 - BOISE - In his final home match as a member of the Boise State tennis team, senior Thomas Schoeck played the role of hero, carrying the Broncos to their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship at the Appleton Tennis Center. Schoeck not only clinched the doubles point with partner Luke Shields, but also won the deciding match in a third-set tie-breaker in singles competition to give the Broncos a 4-3 victory over Fresno State. With the win, the Broncos improved to 20-6 this season, and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.

5/13/2006 - DURHAM, North Carolina - The No. 26 Boise State men's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men's Championship with a marathon 4-3 victory over No. 40 North Carolina State on the Duke campus.

5/14/2006 - DURHAM, North Carolina - Boise State was knocked out of the NCAA Championships, losing to Duke in the second round at the Ambler Tennis Stadium.

5/24/2006 - DURHAM, North Carolina - Boise State sophomore Luke Shields lost in the first round of singles competition at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.

5/25/2006 - DURHAM, North Carolina - Boise State senior Thomas Schoeck and sophomore Luke Shields dropped their opening round match in doubles competition at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.

6/6/2006 - The final FILA Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA National Rankings for the 2005-06 were released, and Boise State finished the season ranked 27th. The Bronco men won the 2006 Western Athletic Conference title, advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament and finished with a season of 21-7.



Track and Field

1/21/2006 -NAMPA - Mattias Jons broke the Boise State record in the 35-pound weight throw, and in the process surpassed the NCAA automatic qualifying mark, in the Broncos first indoor meet of the season in the Hampton Inn & Suites Classic at the Idaho Sports Complex. Jons won the event with a throw of 69-7.00, breaking the record of 67-2.25 he set last year. Keron Francis and Staffan Jonsson also set provisional qualifying marks in their respective events. Francis won the long jump with a leap of 24-5.50 while Jonsson was second in the weight throw with a mark of 62-6.75. Jonsson's throw is also ranks third on Boise State's all-time indoor list. The Bronco men won a total of nine events at the Jacksons Track.

1/23/2006 - BOISE, Idaho - Following a record breaking performance in his first indoor track and field meet of the 2006 season, Boise State senior Mattias Jons was named the WAC's X-Box Live men's athlete of the week.

 1/28/2006 - SEATTLE, Washington - Forest Braden broke his own record in the 3,000- meter run as the Boise State senior posted a time of 7:58.08 at the University of Washington Invitational.

1/28/2006 - NAMPA - Competing in the Athlete's Invitational at the Idaho Sports Center, Mattias Jons broke his own school record in the weight throw with a 70-foot, 10.5-inch toss. His throw was the third best collegiate mark this season.

2/3/2006 - NAMPA - Boise State's Mattias Jons broke the school record for the third straight week in the weight throw at the United Heritage Invitational. Jons threw the 35-pound weight 72-4.50.

 2/4/2006 - NAMPA - Sprinter Antoine Echols was a double winner for Boise State on the final day of the United Heritage Invitational.
Echols edged Brian Clay, the 2005 World Champion in the decathlon, by five one-thousandths of a second to win the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.801. Clay, who was the silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games in the decathlon, was clocked at 6.806. Echols picked up his second win of the day in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.28. The Bronco men captured victories in two other events with Forest Braden winning the mile run with a time of 4:07.1 and Aiona Key placing first in the high jump with a mark of 6-11.75.

 2/6/2006 For the second time in three weeks, Boise State University's Mattias Jons was named the XBOX Live WAC Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

2/11/2006 - SEATTLE, Washington - Forest Braden recorded a NCAA automatic qualifying time in the men's 5,000-meter run and in the process smashed the Boise State record with a time of 13:47.73 at the Husky Classic in Seattle. The remainder of the Bronco team competed at the Idaho Sports Center in the Holiday Inn Team Invitational with Roger White finishing first in the triple jump with a mark of 46-10.25 and Cody Eaton placing first in the mile with a time of 4:17.83.

2/23/2006 NAMPA - Senior Keron Francis shattered the WAC record and won the league title in the heptathlon with 5,184 points.

2/24/2006 NAMPA - Keron Francis and Forest Braden captured WAC Indoor Championships for Boise State. Francis picked up his second individual title in two days when he won the men's long jump with a mark of 25-2.75. His leap was the second best in school history and the 11th best collegiate mark in the country this season. Braden successfully defended his title in the 5,000-meter run winning with a time of 14:33.47. The Broncos went one-two at 5,000-meters when Ty Axtman followed Braden across the finish line with a time of 14:39.39.

Three Broncos placed in the shot put led by Mattias Jons third place mark of 57-2.00. Staffan Jonsson was fourth at 55-0.75 and Erik Whitsitt was sixth at 53-3.75. Gerald Alexander, a starting defensive back for the Bronco football team, made his first appearance in a track meet of his collegiate career and came away with a fourth place finish in the high jump at 6-8.00. The men's distance medley relay finished the scoring with a fifth place time of 11:13.99.

2/25/2006  NAMPA - Led by a 33-point performance by Keron Francis, the Boise State men's track and field team won the 2006 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championship. The Bronco men scored 154 points to outdistance second place Cal State Northridge which scored 106. The title was the second in the past three years for head coach Mike Maynard and the men's team, which also won the team title in 2004.

After winning the heptathlon on Thursday and the long jump on Friday, Francis came back to finish second in the triple jump with a leap of 48-9.50 and tied for third in the pole vault with a mark of 13-11.25. The Bronco men started the day off by taking the top four places and scoring 28 points in the mile run. Ty Axtman led the Boise State charge with a winning time of 4:10.73. Forest Braden finished runner-up at 4:12.92 followed by Cody Eaton at 4:13.64 and Wijnand Rikenberg at 4:14.21. Rikenberg also placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.96. Boise State's other big point event of the evening was the men's weight throw where the threesome of Mattias Jons, Staffan Jonsson and Eric Matthias scored 20 points. Jons successfully defending his 2005 title winning the weight throw with a toss of 69-3.50. Jonsson was third at 53-2.00 and Matthias was fourth at 61-5.50.

True freshman Kyle Christoffersen won the 400-meters with a time of 48.64. Christoffersen also tied for fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 13-5.25.
Other Bronco scorers included Antoine Echols, second place in the 200-meter dash at 21.33; Bryan Rodie, third in the 800-meter run at 1:54.46; Sterling Small, fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.10; Andre Summers, fifth in the 200-meter dash at 22.02 and Brandon Christoffersen, fifth in the 3,000-meter run at 8:50.56. In the 4x400-meter relays the Bronco men placed fourth with a time of 3:26.67.

 2/25/2006 NAMPA - Keron Francis was named Co-Outstanding Performer of the WAC Indoor Championships and Bronco head coach Mike Maynard was named Outstanding Head Coach.

3/11/2006 - FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - Mattias Jons came away with a sixth place finish in the men's weight throw and earned the second All-American award in his Boise State University career at the 2006 NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships. Jons posted a throw of 70-6.50.

3/25/2006 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Ty Axtman, Staffan Jonsson, Wijand Rijkenberg and Simon Wardhaugh all came away as Boise State opened its 2006 outdoor track and field season at the Hornet Invitational on the Sacramento State campus. Jonsson's winning discus throw was a personal best 195-1, which was also a NCAA regional qualifying mark.

3/27/2006 Following a winning performance in the first outdoor track and field of the season, Boise State's Staffan Jonsson was named the XBOX Live WAC Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

4/8/2006 - EUGENE, Oregon - Mattias Jons and Nate Putnam came away with individual victories at the Pepsi Team Invitational on the University of Oregon campus. Jons won the men's hammer throw and Putnam also had a season best in winning the men's javelin with a throw of 224-3. Putnam's throw surpassed the west regional qualifying standard. The University of Washington was first in the men's team scoring with 178 points. Oregon was just two points back in second place with 176 points followed by the University of Minnesota with 172 1/3 and the Bronco men with 84 points.

4/10/2006 - Boise State's Nate Putnam was named the men's XBOX Live WAC Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

4/15/2006 - SACRAMENTO, California - Keron Francis posted the second best collegiate mark in the men's javelin this season at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, recording a throw of 242-3 in winning the event. Freshman Simon Wardhaugh won the men's hammer with a toss of 189-0.

4/17/2006 Boise State senior Keron Francis was named the Xbox Live WAC Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

4/21/2006 - EUGENE, Oregon - Mattias Jons set a Boise State record in the men's hammer and Antoine Echols qualified for the NCAA west regional in the men's 200-meter dash as both came away winners at the annual Oregon Invitational. Jons posted the third best collegiate hammer mark in the country when he posted a throw of 230-8 in winning the event. Jons' throw marked the first time in his career he went over the 70-meter mark in the hammer. Echols won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.18. He became the eighth member of the Boise State men's team to qualify for the regional championships.

4/25/2006 Mattias Jons was named the Xbox Live WAC Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week following his record breaking performance at the Oregon Invitational.

5/6/2006 - EUGENE, Oregon - Wijnand Rijkenberg and Ty Axtman qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and in the process produced two of the all-time marks in their respective events at the Oregon Twilight track and field meet at Hayward Field. Rijkenberg qualified for the NCAA West Regional with a time of 3:46.02 in the men's 1,500-meter run. Rijkenberg's time ranks second on Boise State's all-time list right behind the time of 3:45.9 set by Steve Collier in 1978. Axtman advanced to Regionals when he posted a time of 14:04.46 in the men's 5,000-meter run. His time is the third fastest outdoor mark in Bronco history behind the record of 13:51.60 set by Cormac Smith in 1996, and the second fastest all-time mark of 13:45.44 set by Forest Braden in 2004.

5/9/2006 Wijnand Rijkenberg picked up one more athlete of the week award for Boise State, as Rijkenberg was named the WAC's male student-athlete of the week when he ran a NCAA regional qualifying time of 3:46.02 in the 1,500-meter run.

5/13/2006 - HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The Boise State men's track and field team followed the 2006 Indoor Western Athletic Conference title with the 2006 WAC Outdoor Championship in a dominating effort as the Broncos scored 186 points. Utah State was second with 127 and Idaho was third with 124. Junior Ty Axtman was WAC's High Point Performer of the Championship. Axtman was voted the Outstanding Performer by the league coaches. Bronco Head coach Mike Maynard was named the WAC's Men's Coach of the Year.

5/26/2006 - PROVO, Utah - Mattias Jons won the hammer throw and teammate Simon Wardhaugh finished second at the NCAA West Regional Track & Field Championships. Jons took the regional title with a mark of 225-0 while Wardhaugh tossed the weight 216-4.

5/27/2006 - PROVO, Utah - Keron Francis won the men's javelin in the final day of the NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships. Francis captured his first regional title with a throw of 236-00.
Scott Viafore will join Francis in the javelin's competition at nationals after finishing fourth with a season best throw of 217-4.

6/9/2006 - SACRAMENTO, California - Despite setting a Boise State University record, Mattias Jons came up a few feet short in his quest for a national championship as he placed second in the men's hammer at the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

6/10/2006 - SACRAMENTO, California - Keron Francis earned his second career All-America award and Boise State tied for 16th place in the nation at the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.




11/13/2005 - LARAMIE, Wyoming - Led by Tyler Sherfey's first place finish in the 149 pound weight division, five Boise State University wrestlers placed among the top four in their respective weight classes at the annual Cowboy Open on the University of Wyoming campus.

11/18/2005 - LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Boise State wrestling team opened its 2005-06 dual match season with the University of Nebraska handing the Broncos a 27-9 loss at NU Coliseum.

11/19/2005 - OMAHA, Nebraska - Boise State University's Casey Phelps won the championship in the 197-pound weight class at the Kaufman/Brand Open hosted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

12/3/2005 - LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Led by a fourth place finish in the heavyweight division by Andy Patrick, the Boise State University wrestling team scored 54.5 points and placed 13th at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

12/18/2005 - RENO, Nevada - Boise State University wrestlers Tyler Sherfey and Casey Phelps each came away with third place medals in their respective weight classes at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

1/4/2006 - BOISE - The Broncos started the New Year by posting a shut out against the University of Wyoming by a count of 39-0.

1/11/2006 - FRESNO, California - Boise State began a four-day road swing through California with a 36-3 win over Menlo College and a 32-13 victory over Fresno State. The victories improve the Broncos dual match record for the season to 3-1.

1/12/2006 - BAKERSFIELD, California - A major decision victory by K.C. Walsh in the final match of the evening propelled Boise State to a 20-19 win over Cal State Bakersfield in the Broncos first Pac-10 Conference dual of the 2005-06 season. 

1/13/2006 - FULLERTON, California - Freshman Cory Fish opened Boise State University's wrestling match at Cal State Fullerton with a pin and the Broncos rode that early momentum to a 31-7 victory in Pac-10 Conference action.

1/14/2006 - SAN LUIS OBISPO, California - Boise State University split the final two wrestling matches of its four-day swing through California defeating Purdue 19-14 before falling to Cal Poly 24-14 in a Pac-10 Conference match.

1/20/2006 - BOISE - The Boise State wrestling team came up one point short in its dual match against Oregon as the Ducks posted a 17-16 Pac-10 Conference win over the Broncos.

1/22/2006 BOISE - Oregon State won the first three matches and went on to hand the Boise State University wrestling team a 25-10 Pac-10 Conference loss.

2/4/2006 DAVIS, California - Boise State snapped its three match losing streak with a 26-14 dual victory over UC Davis. The Broncos improved to 7-4 on the season and evened its Pac-10 Conference record at 3-3. .

2/10/2006 - BOISE -Boise State completed its 2005-06 home schedule by pitching a shut out against Portland State in a 46-0 Pac-10 Conference win.

2/17/2006 - IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Boise State wrestling team won four individual matches but came up short in team points as 11th ranked University of Iowa posted a 24-13 win. The Broncos finished the regular season with an 8-5 record in overall dual matches.

2/26/2006 - STANFORD, California - Johnny Nunez placed fourth in the 165-pound weight class after losing to Ray Blake of Stanford, 18-2. Cory Fish placed fifth at 125 pounds when he shut out Marcos Orozco of UC Davis, 5-0. K.C. Walsh rounded out the Boise State wrestlers who placed finishing sixth at 184 pounds after losing to Ryan Halsey of Cal Poly, 4-1, at 184 pounds

2/27/2006 - STANFORD, California - Casey Phelps and Andy Patrick each placed third in their respective weight classes and in the process gained an automatic trip to nationals following the consolation finals at the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Wrestling Championships.

2/27/2006 - STANFORD, California - Scott Jorgensen and Ben Cherrington each won PAC-10 Championships for Boise State at the league wrestling championships. Jorgensen won his third straight league title at 133 pounds when he shut out Tommy Vargas of Cal State Bakersfield, 4-0.
Jorgensen improved his overall season record to 23-8. Cherrington won his second Pac-10 Championship in two different weight classes when he pined number two seed Brian Stith of Arizona State in the third period in the 157-pound classification.

Jorgensen and Cherrington's wins helped the Broncos to a third place finish in the team standings with 97 points. Arizona State successfully defended the team title with 118 points. Cal Poly was a close second with 115.5 points.

2/27/2006 - STANFORD, California - Boise State University's Ben Cherrington and Tyler Sherfey have been named the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Wrestling of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, respectively.

3/18/2006 - OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma - Boise State senior Ben Cherrington won the NCAA National Championship match at 157 pounds. Cherrington defeated Brian Stith of Arizona State, 7-3, in the championship match. Cherrington finished his 2006 senior season with a perfect record of 20-0. Boise State had three other wrestlers still wrestling in the consolation bracket but all three lost in the fifth round of consolation - at 133 pounds, Scott Jorgensen lost to Mack Reite of Minnesota (5-0); Tyler Sherfey lost to Mark DiSilva of Central Michigan (3-2) at 149 pounds; and Casey Phelps lost a 3-2 contest to B.J. Padden of Nebraska at 197.

Boise State placed 24th in the nation at the NCAA Championships.

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