With today's ranking of the Boise State women's tennis team in the Top 25, the Broncos have set yet another school record in athletics. For the first time in school history, five different Bronco teams have been ranked in the Top 25 in the same school year.
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. Coach Greg Randall's wrestling squad has generated major national attention. This talented young team that captured their second consecutive Pac-10 Conference title in dominating fashion last night is ranked as high as #6 in the country by Wrestlingreport.com. That ranking approximates where the Broncos will finish in the upcoming NCAA National Championships.
Coach Mike Maynard's men's track team which scored a thrilling Western Athletic Conference title Saturday is currently #20 in the U.S. Track & Field Coaches' poll. That ranking also represents the best guess at where Boise State will finish in the NCAA Championships.
The Bronco gymnastics team, coached by Neil Resnick and Tina Bird, has been ranked in the Top 25 this season as well.
And then came the historic news that the Boise State women's tennis team, coached by Mark Tichenor, is now #25 in the nation. That is the women's highest ranking ever, and the fifth Bronco team this year to be honored as one of the top 25 teams in the country in their respective sport.
The men's tennis team has been within an eyelash of cracking the Top 25 themselves but thus far hasn't been able to.
The previous record was four Top 25 teams. It happened twice. Last year, the gymnastics team finished 16th, the wrestlers were 24th at the NCAA Championships, the football team was ranked as high s #17 and the men's tennis team made it to #22. 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 and the men's tennis team reached #16.
But can these teams finish? 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.
All eyes will be on Boise State this spring to see if the Broncos can do it.