Braden Finishes 7th In 5,000-Meter Final

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 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 (13:47.73) 

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.

Boise State 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 Forest Braden!




  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       

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