Friday, May 27, 2016

Peloquin Qualifies for National Championships with 7th Place Finish at Regionals

Results: Women 10000 Meter Run (Prelim)
One round. 1 heat. Advance top 12 to Eugene

PlaceAthleteAffiliationTimeHeat (pl)
1Dominique ScottSRArkansas34:20.35q1 (1)
2Alice WrightJRNew Mexico34:21.95q1 (2)
3Katie KnightJRWashington34:22.87q1 (3)
4Kinsey GomezSRIdaho34:24.97q1 (4)
5Hannah EversonSRAir Force34:25.26q1 (5)
6Lauren LaRoccoSOPortland34:25.40q1 (6)
7Brenna PeloquinFRBoise State34:25.45q1 (7)
8Mackenzie CaldwellSOColorado34:25.58q1 (8)
9Liz BerkholtzSRMinnesota34:28.58q1 (9)
10Sharon LokediSOKansas34:31.38q1 (10)
11Kristen BuschSRBradley34:31.90q1 (11)
12Charlotte TaylorJRSan Francisco34:32.82q1 (12)
13Molly GrabillSROregon34:45.831 (13)
14Karis JochenJRTexas A&M34:53.411 (14)
15Kaitlyn FischerJRMissouri34:54.831 (15)
16Kelsey HildrethSONorthern Illinois34:55.851 (16)
17Emma HustonSRDrake34:59.491 (17)
18Christine HoffmannJRUC Davis34:59.961 (18)
19Caitlin BuschSRBradley35:07.341 (19)
20Gabi AnzaloneSRWisconsin35:10.731 (20)
21Erin HookerSOIowa State35:12.241 (21)
22Mary KriegeSRSanta Clara35:17.171 (22)
23Addi ZerrennerSOArizona35:23.261 (23)
24Cali RoperJRRice35:30.041 (24)
25Michelle LeeJRWisconsin35:39.011 (25)
26Maggie SchmaedickJROregon35:39.251 (26)
27Hailey WhettenJRWeber State35:41.721 (27)
28Brittany TretbarJROklahoma35:44.921 (28)
29CharLee LintonSRWashington St.35:51.171 (29)
30Anna FarelloJRPortland35:57.731 (30)
31Carrie VerdonSRColorado36:01.041 (31)
32Melanie TownsendSRNorthern Arizona36:03.971 (32)
33Kaylee FlanaganJRWashington36:04.381 (33)
34Sarah ReiterJREastern Washington36:14.241 (34)
35Amanda BomanSRPortland State36:21.781 (35)
36Darby GilfillanSOColorado St.36:26.061 (36)
37Kelsey BarrettSRSouth Dakota36:26.391 (37)
38Jocelyn CaroJRTexas Tech36:37.411 (38)
39Paige GilchristSONorthern Arizona36:44.341 (39)
40Savannah BerrySOUtah Valley36:44.431 (40)
41Yesenia SilvaJRBYU37:08.111 (41)
42Natalie ConnollyJRBYU37:26.431 (42)
43Lindy LongJRAir Force37:46.151 (43)
44Natalie BakerJROklahoma State37:46.271 (44)
Monika JuodeskaiteSROklahoma StateDNF1
Jamie KempferFRMissouriDNF1
Elena ArriazaJROklahomaDNF1
Michelle GayeSRSMUDNF1

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Nominees for 2015-16 Bronco Team of the Year

Unfortunately, it's pretty easy to pick the nominees for Bronco Team of the Year.  As you know from the last 10 years of Bronco of the Year voting, to be eligible, a team must either win a conference championship or be nationally ranked.  For the first time in a long time, only one Boise State team won a conference championship this past school year, and only two other teams were nationally ranked in the Top 25:

The Boise State Men's Cross Country Team
The Bronco men's team was ranked as high as #16 in the country during the season, but finished third in the Mountain West Conference.  Michael Vennard led the Broncos most of the season and finished fifth individually at the conference meet to earn All-Mountain West honors, while freshman Elijah Armstrong was ninth.  

Boise State finished fifth at the NCAA West Regional but had a strong enough resume to receive an at-large bid to the National Championships.  Although the Broncos were downgraded nationally after their #16 ranking, Boise State proved they deserved that #16 spot, finishing 16th at the Championships.

The Boise State Women's Cross Country Team
As the Bronco women prepared for the cross country season last fall, they were ranked way back at #20 in preseason polls.  They showed them.

Boise State finished a strong second to New Mexico for the Mountain West Conference championship.  Not only were the Lobos #1 in the nation, but are considered perhaps the best women's cross country team in the history of the sport.  Freshman Allie Ostrander finished 15 seconds ahead of New Mexico's Courtney Freichs to win the individual title, taking Freshman of the Year, All-Mountain West Honors and Mountain West Athlete of the Year recognition in the process.

Boise State rose as high as #6 in the October 6 rankings and came within one point of winning the NCAA Regional title.  Ostrander did her part by winning the individual 6K with a time of 20:10.9.  Boise State finished with 80 points, one away from Oregon's 79 (low score wins).

The Broncos thus automatically qualified for the NCAA National Championships as a team, where they finished 11th.  Boise State showed great promise, as freshman Ostrander finished second in the nation and fellow freshman Brenna Peloquin was ninth.  Both Ostrander and Peloquin were named All-Americans.

The Boise State Gymnastics Team
The Lady Broncos went through the regular season as the nation's only unbeaten team and achieved a school high of #9 national ranking.  Boise State extended that mark to a 15-0 record when they came from behind with a spectacular floor performance to win the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship.  The final score of 197.025 was the fourth highest in school history and the highest ever at a conference championship meet.

Sandra Collantes was named All-Mountain Rim in All-Around, Mackenzie Bennion and Ann Stockwell garnered All-Conference honors in Vault, Krystine Jacobsen and Diane Mejia were named All-Conference on Bars, Sarah Means took All-Mountain Rim on beam and Collantes and Maddie Krentz were named All-Mountain Rim on floor.  Shanni Remme was named Mountain Rim Freshman of the Year.

Boise State came into the Regionals very close to California as the second-best Regional team on the floor, yet judges at the Regionals gave the Broncos the fifth-best score out of six teams. By the time the judges figured out the talent level Boise State posessed, it was too late. Although the Lady Broncos were in second going into the final rotation (two Regional teams qualify for the NCAA National Championships), Cal passed them in the final event to earn the bid over Boise State.  Remme scored a 9.9 on balance beam to win the event and earn an individual bid to nationals.

The 18-2 season record (.900 winning percentage) is the best record in school history.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

David Elliott Wins 5,000

Unfortunately, it's more individual effort for the Boise State track teams at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.  But David Elliott finished off his conference career with a title in the 5,000.  Regionals are next for David.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Armstrong Wins 10,000!

Freshman Elijah Armstrong sprinted past Patrick Corona to win the Mountain West Championship in the men's 10,000.  Outstanding tactical race by Armstrong who had more in the tank at the end.

Coach Ihmels told me to keep an eye on Elijah this year and what a race he ran today.

Broncos 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th

past the halfway point in the men's 10,000.

Men's 10K About To Start

One of Boise State's best chances for a conference title at the MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships is in the 10,000--about to start.

Elijah Armstrong, Chandler Austin, Miler Haller, Louis McAfee and Rhys Park running for the Broncos.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Boise State Men's Tennis Program One of Eight in the Nation With 17 20-Win Seasons Since 1987

BOISE, ID--On the strength of last night's dramatic come-from-behind victory over San Diego State to give the Boise State tennis team its 20th victory of the season, legendary coach Greg Patton is largely responsible for guiding the program to 17 20-win seasons since 1987. Boise State is one of only eight teams in the nation to achieve that level of success in the last 30 years.

Duke, Georgia, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Stanford, USC and UCLA are the other elite tennis programs in the same company as the Broncos.

Patton, who has served two stints as the head man for the Broncos (1992-1998 and 2002 to the present), is responsible for 14 of those 20-win seasons, including the phenomenal 1996-97 season in which Boise State was 30-4 and was ranked #4 in the nation.

In addition, Patton has led Boise State to a 21-7 record in 1995, 24-8 in 1996, 24-9 in 1998, 24-8 in 2004, 31-8 in 2005, 21-7 in 2006, 30-6 in 2007, 21-12 in 2008, 24-9 in 2009, 26-7 in 2012, 20-12 in 2013, 28-5 in 2014 and 20-9 this season. Boise State posted its other 20-win seasons under Chris Langdon (20-7 in 1987 and 27-8 in 1988) and Jim Moortgat (23-7 in 2000).

Counting the two wins thus far in the Mountain West Championships this spring, Boise State has amassed an 89-36 record in conference tournaments dating back to 1982 and has played in 17 title matches since that time. The Broncos are 15-2 in conference championship matches, including a 13-2 mark under Patton.

Below are the collegiate tennis teams who have achieved two or more 20-win seasons since 1987:

1. Georgia 24
2. Duke 22
3. Stanford 20
3. UCLA 20
5. Ohio State 18
5. USC 18
7. Boise State 17
7. Pepperdine 17
9. Baylor 15
9. Texas 15
11. Illinois 14
12. TCU 13
12. Tennessee 13
12. Virginia 13
15. Clemson 12
16. Mississippi 11
17. North Carolina 10
18. Harvard 9
19. LSU 8
20. Florida 7
20. Kentucky 7
20. Notre Dame 7
23. Fresno State 6
23. Northwestern 6
23. Oklahoma 6
23. San Diego 6
23. Tulsa 6
28. Mississippi State 5
28. Texas Tech 5
30. BYU 4
30. California 4
30. Indiana 4
30. Wake Forest 4
34. Alabama 3
34. Florida State 3
34. Michigan 3
34. North Carolina State 3
34. Oklahoma State 3
34. Old Dominion 3
34. Rice 3
34. Washington 3
34. Wisconsin 3
43. Georgia Tech 2
43. Oregon 2
43. South Carolina 2
43. Vanderbilt 2

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rees Odhiambo Drafted in Third Round

Rees Odhiambo has been drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd Round of the NFL Draft, making the third Bronco to be drafted in the first three rounds.

Correa and Thompson Drafted in NFL Draft

Kamelei Correa and Darian Thompson both drafted tonight in the National Football League Draft.  Correa was taken by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2nd round while Thompson was drafted by the New York Giants in the third.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ivanov Earns Trip To Summer Olympics

Former Boise State wrestler George Ivanov has earned a trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ivanov, wrestling for Bulgaria, won the silver medal at the World Olympic Qualifier yesterday to grab a spot in the Summer Games.

Ivanov is the second Bronco wrestler to earn a spot in the Olympics, joining Charles Burton, who wrestler for the United States in 2000.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Dr. Carl Wieman at Boise State Thursday Night

Dr. Carl Wieman, who won the Nobel Prize in physics, will be speaking tomorrow (Thursday) at Boise State in the Distinguished Lecture Series.  Wieman offers a framework of relevant, effective education for students. 

Wieman, a professor at Stanford University, teamed with Eric Allin Cornell for the first true Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC).  In 2001, Wieman, Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle were awarded the Nobel Prize.

A BEC is a state of matter of a dilute gas of bosons cooled to temperatures very close to absolute zero (or -273.16 degrees Celsius).  Under those conditions, a large fraction of bosons occupy the lowest quantum state, at which point macroscopic quantum phenomena become apparent.

Bose-Einstein statistics theorizes the characteristics of elementary particles.  Bosons are one of two classes of particles.  Absolute zero is thought to be the lowest possible temperature.  A quantum state refers to a state of an isolated quantum system (a portion of the whole Universe which is taken under consideration to make analysis or to study for quantum mechanics pertaining to the wave-particile duality in that system and everything outside this system is studied only to observe its effects on the system).

Presented by the Boise State Honors College, Wieman will speak Thursday night at 7 in the Student Union Building.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Cal tops Boise State by 175/1000th's of a point

Despite the highly unusual low scores from Boise State on floor, Cal barely beats the Broncos for second by .175.

Boise State, 15th in the nation all season on floor in one of their best events, and very close to Cal for the second-best floor team at this Regional, finished 5th out of 6 teams today in the event.  Boise State opened the meet on floor and scored 48.850 despite no falls or slip-ups, their second-worst score of the season.  Only Boise State's score in their second meet of the season is worse than the score the judges gave them today.

Boise State in 2nd after 5 rotations

1.  Alabama 147.900   (49.300 average)
2.  Boise State 195.750 (FINAL SCORE) (48.9375 average)
3.  California 146.750 (48.9167 average)
4.  Kentucky 146.550 (48.8500 average)
5.  West Virginia 194.250 (FINAL SCORE) (48.5625 average) 
6.  Bowling Green 145.350 (48.4500 average)