Forest Braden was a bright light for the Boise State track team last night. The Bronco senior finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. With his finish in the top eight, Braden earned his third All-America award. (Photo by Foto208.com--all rights reserved.)
Senior Forest Braden became the first Bronco to place in the
top eight at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento,
and thus earned All-America honors.
Braden finished seventh in the 5,000 meters last night with a time of
13:54.73 to earn two team points for the Broncos. Chris Solinsky of Wisconsin
won the event in 13 minutes, 35.12 seconds.
Braden is the first Boise State
distance runner to be named a three-time All-American. He was honored in 2004 in both cross country
and at the NCAA Nationals in the 3,000 meters.
He is a seven-time Western Athletic Conference
Champion who was the WAC Indoor Championship Outstanding Performer, the 2006 WAC
Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the 2007 WAC
Outdoor Championship High Point Scorer with 28 points. Braden also holds school records in the
outdoor 5,000 meters (13:45.44), and the indoor 3,000 (7:58.08) and 5,000
Braden is also the school record holder in the outdoor 5,000-meter run with
a time of 13:45.44 set in 2004, and indoors in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs
with times of 7:58.08 and 13:47.73, respectively, set in 2006.
became the first Western Athletic Conference team to score in the event, with
most of the finals set for today in Sacramento.
Congratulations to All-American
1 Chris Solinsky SR Wisconsin 13:35.12 10
2 Bobby Curtis JR Villanova 13:39.88 8
3 Wesley Korir JR Louisville 13:40.47 6
4 Josh McDougal JR Liberty 13:41.03 5
5 Tonny Okello SR South Alabama 13:41.08 4
6 Obed Mutanya SR Arizona 13:42.81 3
7 Forest Braden SR Boise State 13:54.73 2
8 David Nightingale JR Princeton 13:55.15 1
9 Patrick Smyth SO Notre Dame 13:55.53
10 Austin Ramos SO UCLA 13:56.32
11 Hari Mix SO Stanford 14:01.21
12 James Strang SO Arkansas 14:03.40
13 Jacob Gomez SR Stanford 14:03.79
14 Edwin Henshaw JR Tulsa 14:08.59
15 Brent Vaughn JR Colorado 14:23.06
16 Matt Clark JR Clemson 14:23.88
17 Wesley Smith JR NC State 14:27.20