Thursday, July 21, 2016

Boise State Broncos #1 Gymnastics Academic Team in the Nation

BOISE, ID--The Boise State gymnastics team finished the 2015-16 academic year with the highest team grade point average (GPA) in the nation, according to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women. The Broncos posted a team GPA of 3.8087 to finish superior to every other collegiate gymnastics team. The No. 1 ranking surpasses the school record of #3 set in 2014-15.

Fourteen of the 15 members on the team earned NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honors. In order to qualify for Scholastic All-America honors, student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA for the 2015-16 academic year.

“I could not be more proud of this team,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “They have worked tirelessly in the classroom to achieve the No. 1 ranking. The way they represent our university on a national level is outstanding.”

Five Broncos achieved a 3.9 GPA or higher--Ann Stockwell (3.97 psychology), Lianne Josbacher (3.96, English), Abby Webb (3.94, biology), Shani Remme (3.91, kinesiology) and Paige Urquhart (3.90, biology).

Sarah Means (3.88, mathematics), Alex Esmerian (3.85, health sciences), Sandra Collantes (3.82, psychology) and Diana Mejia (3.80, health sciences) all finished with GPA's of 3.8 or higher.

Bronco gymnasts which achieved a 3.5 or higher include Molly McFarland (3.75, kinesiology), Mary Frances Bir (3.75, health sciences), Marissa Wossner (3.72, kinesiology), Maddie Krentz (3.62, mechanical engineering) and Krystine Jacobsen (3.61, communication).

The Bronco team set a school record with a national #8 ranking, were the only undefeated collegiate gymnastics team in the nation in the regular season, and finished .175 short of qualifying for the NCAA National Gymnastics Championship.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Boise State Freshman Allie Ostrander Qualifies for 5K Final at U.S. Olympic Trials

EUGENE, OR--Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander finished fourth in the second heat of the women's 5K at the U.S. Olympic Trials this afternoon to qualify for the final Sunday. Ostrander, running competitively for the first time since she was injured with a tibial stress fracture in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 11, crossed the finish line in 15:27.13, just eight-tenths of a second behind first place Molly Huddle, who broke the tape in 15:26.33.
Ostrander (in her white Boise State jersey) in sixth in this photo...

Ostrander began the race near the back, content to draft from the other runners and conserve energy without running a longer distance on the outside. With about three laps to go, she began moving outside, positioning herself for a run at the nation's elite female runners. One by one, Ostrander began to pass them and was in fourth at the bell lap. She briefly moved into third, but with the top six in the heat automatically qualifying, settled for fourth.

The heat was much faster than the first heat, as Ostrander's time was fourth overall as well. Katie Mackie finished second, followed by Shelby Houlihan, Ostrander, Marielle Hall and Abbey D'Agostino, the six automatic qualifers form the heat. Ostrander was the only collegiate runner in either heat going up against seasoned professionals.

Ostrander thus qualifies for the U.S. final of the 5K this Sunday, set for 5:28 p.m. Mountain Time.  The top t
hree finishers in that race will make the U.S. Olympic Team, provided they have met or exceeded the Olympic qualifying standard. Ostrander, by virtue of her 5K time of 15:21.85 at the UW Invitational in Seattle on January 30, has already done that. If she finishes in the top three Sunday, she will make the U.S. Olympic Team.

The women's 5K final will be broadcast nationally on NBC-TV.

Click this link to replay the race.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

List of Women's 5K Qualifiers at U.S. Olympic Trials

5KMolly Huddle14:48.14Eugene OR (USA)05/27/16
5KEmily Infeld15:00.91New York NY (USA)02/20/16
5KAbbey D'Agostino15:03.85Heusden (BEL)07/18/15
5KNicole Tully15:04.08Stanford CA (USA)05/01/16
5KMarielle Hall15:06.05New York NY (USA)02/20/16
5KShelby Houlihan15:06.22New York NY (USA)02/20/16
5KKim Conley15:09.31Seattle WA (USA)01/29/16
5KShalane Flanagan15:10.02Eugene OR (USA)06/28/15
5KLauren Paquette15:14.45Stanford CA (USA)05/01/16
5KMolly Seidel15:15.21Birmingham AL (USA)03/11/16
5KStephanie Garcia15:16.56Stanford CA (USA)05/01/16
5KKatie Mackey15:16.60Stanford CA (USA)05/02/15
5KAshley Higginson15:18.53Stanford CA (USA)05/02/15
5KJessica Tonn15:18.85Stanford CA (USA)05/02/15
5KGabe Grunewald15:19.50Portland OR (USA)06/12/16
5KAllie Ostrander15:21.85Seattle WA (USA)01/29/16
5KJessica Tebo15:21.88Eagle Rock CA (USA)05/20/16
5KKellyn Taylor15:22.10Eagle Rock CA (USA)05/20/16
5KAlisha Williams15:23.11Portland OR (USA)06/12/16
5KErin Finn15:23.16Birmingham AL (USA)03/11/16

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Peloquin Gets Third All-America Honor of Freshman Season

A phenomenal freshman season for Boise State's Brenna Peloquin.  She finished ninth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Thursday she finished eighth in the 10,000 and tonight, another eighth-place finish in the 5,000.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

BREAKING--Brenna Peloquin 8th in the Nation in 10,000 at National Outdoor Track & Field Championships

EUGENE, OR--Boise State freshman Brenna Peloquin finished 8th in the women's 10,000 meter run tonight at the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 32:58.78.

Peloquin, who earned All-America honors last fall with a ninth-place finish in the NCAA National Cross Country Championships, added another All-America honor tonight in the 10,000. Peloquin beat her personal best in the event and ran the second-fastest 10,000 time in school history. Brenna ran a 33:03.48 in the 10,000 at the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 1 in the first 10,000 of her career and finished ninth at the NCAA West Regionals two weeks ago with a time of 34:25.45.

The freshman from Gig Harbor, Washington, was among the top two runners for the vast majority of the race entering the final mile. As runners jockeyed for position, it appeared that she was stepped on a couple times and faded to eighth. But Peloquin gamely sprinted to the finish to take eight. Peloquin, the only freshman in the national final, also beat all but two sophomores and finished ahead of seven seniors and eight juniors.

Monday, May 30, 2016


Chase Cord, a 6-3 quarterback from Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Arizona, has committed to Boise State, according to his Twitter account.

Cord chose Boise State over Utah, Colorado, Oregon State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia, among others.
Cord tore up defenses last year by passing for 2,286 yards and 33 touchdowns and running for 933 more yards and 12 TD's to lead Sunrise Mountain to an 11-1 record last fall.

The commitment of Cord allows him the possibility of redshirting this fall and being able to take the reins from current Bronco quarterback Brett Rypien when he graduates after the 2019 season.  The Broncos have a home-and-home series scheduled with Florida State in 2019 and 2020 and against Oklahoma State in 2018 and 2021.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Elliot Qualifies for 1,500 Meter Nationals....Barely

David Elliott finished second in his heat by 7/1000th's of a point, just enough to qualify for the NCAA National Championships beginning June 8 in Eugene.

Results: Men 1500 Meter Run (Prelims)
Advance top 2 places. plus next best 4 times to Eugene

PlaceAthleteAffiliationTimeHeat (pl)
1Izaic YorksSRWashington3:43.14Q3 (1)
2Dillon MaggardSOUtah State3:43.37Q1 (1)
3Sam PrakelSOOregon3:43.38Q4 (1)
4Andy TrouardJRNorthern Arizona3:43.61Q4 (2)
5Matthew MatonFROregon3:43.62Q1 (2)
6Matt DorseyJRAir Force3:43.65q4 (3)
7Josh KerrFRNew Mexico3:43.67Q3 (2)
8Alex RogersFRTexas3:43.77q3 (3)
9Chase HorrocksJRBYU3:44.06q4 (4)
10Blake NelsonSRWashington3:44.08q3 (4)
11Jack BruceSOArkansas3:44.144 (5)
12Nick HarrisJRColorado3:44.391 (3)
13Jeff ThiesSOPortland3:44.401 (4)
14Derek WiebkeJRMinnesota3:44.754 (6)
15Ferdinand EdmanSRUCLA3:44.814 (7)
16Will CrockerSRMissouri3:44.831 (5)
17Chris BrewerSROregon3:45.143 (5)
18Adam CottonSRNew Mexico3:45.233 (6)
19Marcus DicksonSOBYU3:45.334 (8)
20Zach HansenSRSt. Mary's (Cal.)3:45.744 (9)
21Jacob BurchamJROklahoma3:45.964 (10)
22Blake HaneySOOregon3:46.41Q2 (1)
23David ElliottSRBoise State3:46.46 (3:46.452)Q2 (2)
24Justin BrinkleySRStanford3:46.46 (3:46.459)2 (3)
25Zach PerrinSOColorado3:46.972 (4)
26Jeff LautenslagerSOBoise State3:47.242 (5)
27Ugis JocisJRWichita State3:47.283 (7)
28Ethan MoehnFRArkansas3:47.701 (6)
29Johnathan StevensSOWashington3:47.722 (6)
30Austen DalquistFRArkansas3:47.752 (7)
31Bryce McAndrewSRNorth Texas3:48.041 (7)
32Shyan VaziriSRUC Santa Barbara3:48.743 (8)
33Brady TurnbullSRTexas3:48.902 (8)
34Liam MarkhamSRIllinois3:49.232 (9)
35Thomas CoyleSOStanford3:49.422 (10)
36Alex RibaSOTexas A&M3:49.611 (8)
37Bernie MontoyaSOArizona State3:49.664 (11)
38Chris WaldenSRCalifornia3:51.693 (9)
39Hugh NicklasonFRSan Francisco3:51.902 (11)
40Patrick PerrierFRStanford3:52.421 (9)
41Cameron GriffithFRArkansas3:53.603 (10)
42Joshua ThompsonJROklahoma State3:53.901 (10)
43Jesse ReiserFRIllinois3:54.011 (11)
44Ryan HersonSRArizona State3:54.133 (11)
45George BaierJRUC Santa Barbara3:56.012 (12)
46Matthew FayersJROklahoma State3:57.763 (12)
47Bryce BastingSRIllinois4:05.091 (12)
Anass ZouhrySRCal St. NorthridgeDNF4