Boise State is poised to break yet another school record in athletics.
The Broncos have never had more than three teams finish in the top 25 of their respective sports in the same school year. Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier has positioned Boise State to do just that this spring. For the third time in school history, four Boise State teams have been ranked in the top 25.
Coach Chris Petersen's football team was ranked as high as #7 in the nation before settling for #11 in the final Associated Press poll. That was the only fall sport in which the Broncos finished in the top ten. But the action has really heated up this winter heading into the spring sports. Coach Greg Randall's wrestling squad has generated major national attention. The defending Pacific-10 Conference champions are now ranked #6 in the country by Wrestlingreport.com which represents an approximation of where the Broncos will finish in the upcoming NCAA National Championships.
Coach Mike Maynard's men's track team was ranked in the top 25 in the initial poll this season and is currently #20 by the U.S. Track & Field Coaches. That ranking also represents the best guess at where Boise State will finish in the NCAA Championships. The gymnastics team, coached by Neil Resnick and Tina Bird, is currently #25 in the country on Troester.com.
The Broncos are not stopping at the record however. Two more teams, the men's and women's tennis teams, are approaching the top 25. The men's team currently sits at #26 in the College Tennis Online rankings prior to this weekend's matches against #11 Stanford and #29 Vanderbilt. The women's team was #41 in last week's College Tennis Online rankings but lost to #11 Clemson before beating #39 Louisville.
The record for top 25 finishes by Boise State is three. In the 2004-05 school year, the football team finished in the top 15, the gymnastics team was #20 and the track team was 14th.
Twice the Broncos had four different teams ranked in the top 25 during the year. Last year, the gymnastics team finished 16th, the wrestlers were 24th at the NCAA Championships, the football team was ranked as high as #17 but finished 29th and the men's tennis team was ranked as high as #22 before finishing 36th. In 2005-06, the track team finished 16th, the wrestling squad was 24th at the NCAA Championships, the football team was ranked as high as #18 before finishing out of the top 25 and the men's tennis team got as high as #16 before finishing 27th.
All eyes will be on Boise State this spring to see if the Broncos can do it.