Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nominees for 2014-15 Bronco Male Athlete of the Year

The following great Broncos are the nominees for this year's Bronco Male Athlete of the Year:

Jay Ajayi, Football

Ajayi rushed 347 times for 1,823 yards (5.3 avg.) and 28 touchdowns and caught 50 passes for 535 yards (10.7 avg.) and 4 TD's to help Boise State to the Mountain West Championships and win over #10 Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.  Ajayi led the nation in touchdowns with 32, was second in rushing touchdowns with 28, was 5th in the country in all-purpose yards (168.43 per game) and 9th in the nation in rushing yards per game with 130.2.  Ajayi set new school records with 1,823 rushing yards in a season and 28 rushing touchdowns.  Jay was named All-Mountain West Conference and was named Second Team All-America by both USA Today and Fox Sports, Third Team All-America by the Associated Press, and Honorable Mention All-America by The Sporting News.  At the conclusion of the season, Ajayi was named as a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards

Jordin Andrade, Track & Field

Andrade set a school record (47.03) in the 400 meters during the indoor portion of the season when he finished second at the Mountain West Championships.  Andrade earned All-Mountain West honors with his performance.  Jordin then moved outdoors and won the Mountain West Championship in the 400-meter hurdles by 2 seconds with a time of 50.39.  Andrade collected his second All-Mountain West honor.  He received a third All-Conference award when he helped the Boise State 4 x 400-meter relay team to a second-place finish at the Championships with a time of 3:11.19.  Andrade moved on to the NCAA Regional Championships, where he won his heat and finished second overall in the 400 hurdles with a time of 49.67.  Andrade then finished second in the nation at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in the 400 hurdles, setting a new school record of 49.24 to earn First Team All-America honors.  Andrade recently competed at the USA Track & Field Championships, where he qualified for the semifinals and placed 14th in the 400 hurdles.

David Elliott, Cross Country, Track & Field

Elliott won the 8-kilometer race at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships, assuming the lead after 4k and never relinquishing it.  Elliott finished with a time of 23:38.7 to earn All-Mountain West honors and Male Athlete of the Year.  Elliott finished second in the 5,000 meters at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 14:31.45.  Elliott piled up points for the Broncos at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships, winning the 1,500 meters (3:52.30), placing second in the 5,000 (13:58.86), and taking 3rd in the 3000 (8:17.26).  Elliott won All-Mountain West honors in all three events.  David finished 2nd in the 1,500 at the NCAA Regional Track & Field Championships with a time of 3:42.12 to qualify for the NCAA National Championships.  Elliott then ran a time of 3:45.93 at those National Championships to finish 11th, just missing a spot in the national finals.

Grant Hedrick, Football
Hedrick steered his team to a Mountain West Championship and Fiesta Bowl win over #10 Arizona.  Along the way, Hedrick completed 294-415 passes for 3,696 yards and 23 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.  Hedrick finished the season with a 70.8% completion rate, best in the nation, and ranked 9th in the country with a passing efficiency of 157.2 and 14th in total offense with an average of 306.3 yards per game.  He also proved to be one of the best dual threats at QB in Bronco history, rushing 155 times for 592 yards (3.8 avg.) and 8 touchdowns.  Hedrick's 592 yards set a new school record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback, while is 3,696 passing yards are the fourth-most in school history. 

Derrick Marks, Basketball

Marks started all 32 games for Boise State and led the Broncos to the Mountain West Championship.  Marks averaged 19.4 points a game and shot 231-468 from the field (49.4%), 91-118 from the free-throw line (77.1%) and 68-156 from the three-point line for a career-high percentage of 43.6%.  Derrick grabbed 118 rebounds and had 96 assists, 59 steals and 14 blocked shots.  Marks was a key factor in Boise State receiving an at-large berth into the NCAA National Basketball Tournament.  At the conclusion of the season, Marks was named All-Mountain West Conference and Most Valuable Player in the conference.  Marks also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from the Associated Press. 

Garrett Patton, Tennis
Patton compiled a singles record of 24-10, including a blistering 15-3 mark at #1 singles and a doubles record of 21-15.  Garrett earned All-Mountain West Conference honors and led Boise State to its third consecutive Mountain West Championship and berth in the NCAA National Tennis Championships.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nominees for the 2014-15 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year

Here are the nominees for the 2014-15 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year:

Emma Bates, Cross Country & Outdoor Track & Field

Bates won the Mountain West Conference individual title with a time of 19:37.3.  Emma was named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and helped the Broncos take second as a team.  Bates then placed third at the NCAA Cross Country Championships with a time of 19:44.5.  Bates earned All-America honors and helped Boise State finish 11th.

Emma then concluded her Bronco career in outdoor track & field, finishing fourth in the 1,500 at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 4:33.08.  She then advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships, where Bates finished 3rd in the 5,000 (15:52.74) and 4th in the 10,000 (34:29.05).  At the NCAA National Championships, Emma finished 9th in the 5,000 with a time of 15:56.72, and 10th in the 10,000 (33:50.14).

Mackenzie Flannigan, Outdoor Track & Field

Flannigan captured Mountain West championships in both the 100 and 200 meters, with times of 11.44 and 23.31.  At the NCAA Regional Championships, Mackenzie ran a school record 11.40 to place 13th, just one place shy of qualifying for the National Championships.  Flannigan also placed 13th in the 200 with a time of 23.44.

Marisa Howard, Cross Country & Outdoor Track & Field

Howard was 2nd at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships with a time of 19:53.4 to earn All-Conference honors and help the Lady Broncos finish 2nd.  Marisa finished 28th in the nation at the NCAA National Championships, helping Boise State to an 11th-place showing.  Howard earned All-America honors for her performance.

Howard joined Flannigan as a double winner at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships, taking the 5,000 with a time of 16:08.10 and the steeplechase in 9:57.56.  Howard was 5th at the NCAA Regional Championships in the steeplechase with a time of 9:59.55 to advance to the NCAA National Championships.  Marisa was the only female All-America performer at Nationals, setting a new Boise State school record in the steeplechase to take fourth place with a time of 9:37.84.

Kelsey Morris, Gymnastics

Morris finished second in the all-around competition at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships with a score of 39.225.  Morris earned All-Conference honors and helped the Lady Broncos capture the conference title.  Morris advanced to the NCAA National Championships, where she finished 26th in the all-around competition with a mark of 39.075.  Morris helped Boise State to a national ranking of #15.

Ciera Perkins, Gymnastics
Perkins won the individual vault competition with a score of 9.90 and finished 2nd in floor exercises and 4th in the uneven bars with scores of 9.875 to help Boise State win the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship and finish the season ranked 15th in the nation.  Perkins was named 2nd Team All-America in both the vault and uneven bars.

Deanna Weaver, Basketball

Deanna started all 33 games for Boise State, leading the team with a 12.7 scoring average.  She connected on 149-373 shots (39.9%), 44-63 free throws (69.8%) and 76-181 three-point tries (42.0%).  Weaver grabbed 166 rebounds, third on the team, and has 79 assists and 40 steals.  Deanna earned All-Mountain West honors at the conclusion of the regular season.

Weaver then helped Boise State capture the Mountain West Tournament Championship and automatic berth in the NCAA National Championship.

Samantha Wicks, Swimming & Diving

Wicks finished second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:58.06, 2nd in the 100-yard backstroke (52.64), and 5th in the 100 freestyle, and and helped Boise State to one Mountain West relay title (400-yard freestyle) and three second-place relay finishes (200 freestyle, 200 medley, and 400 medley).  Wicks earned seven All-Conference honors for her efforts at the championships in helping Boise State to a second-place finish.

At the NCAA National Championships, Wicks finished 31st in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.16, 36th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.78) and 48th in the 100 freestyle (49.56).

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Marisa Howard Finishes 4th in Steeplechase

Marisa Howard scored the first points for the Boise State women at the NCAA National Track & Field Championships, finishing 4th in the steeplechase:

PlaceNameAffiliationTimeHeat (Pl)
1Colleen QuigleyJRFlorida State9:29.321 (1)
2Courtney FrerichsJRUMKC9:31.361 (2)
3Leah O'ConnorSRMichigan State9:33.381 (3)
4Marisa HowardSRBoise State9:37.841 (4)
5Erin TeschukJRNorth Dakota State9:42.151 (5)
6Rachel JohnsonSRBaylor9:42.931 (6)
7Elinor PurrierSONew Hampshire9:53.691 (7)
8Maddie Van BeekSRNorth Dakota State9:54.421 (8)
9Emily RitterSRRider9:54.721 (9)
10Laura Rose DoneganSONew Hampshire9:59.451 (10)
11Heather DemorestSRMontana State10:01.681 (11)
12Victoria VoronkoSREastern Michigan10:08.051 (12)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jordin Andrade Finishes 2nd in the Nation in 400 Hurdles

Jordin Andrade captured second place today in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.  Andrade ran a blistering 49.24 and scored 8 points for the Bronco men.

David Elliott Finishes 8th in 1,500

David Elliott scored the first point for the Boise State men in an NCAA Track Championship in years, finishing 8th in the 1,500 today.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Andrade Wins Heat in 400 Hurdles

Two Broncos will race for national championships Saturday, as Jordin Andrade joins 1,500-meter man David Elliott.

David Elliott in 1,500 at NCAA National Track Championships

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bronco Coach of the Year

Tina Bird and Neil Resnick, Gymnastics
Bird and Resnick helped Boise State to a #15 national ranking and the Mountain Rim Conference Championship.  The Broncos were highly decorated at the championship, with Kelsey Morris (All-Around), Ciera Perkins (Vault and Floor), Maddie Krentz (Vault), Krystine Jackobsen (Uneven Bars), Diana Meija (Uneven Bars) and Ann Stockwell (Vault) all earning All-Conference honors.  Boise State advanced to the Regional Championships, where they placed fourth.  Morris was selected as an at-large competitor for the NCAA Championships, and she placed 26th.

Bryan Harsin, Football
In his first season as Head Coach, Harsin rescued the Broncos from the depths of the past two years.  Despite losing one of the school's all-time leading receivers early in the season (Matt Miller), Harsin led Boise State to nine consecutive victories, including a 28-14 win over Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship and a 38-30 victory over #10 Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.  Boise State finished the season ranked #15.  Running back Jay Ajayi, center Marcus Henry, defensive end Kamalei Correa and safety Darian Thompson were named All-Mountain West Conference.  Ajayi also earned 2nd Team All-America honors from USA Today, while Thompson was selected 2nd Team All-America by CBS  Harsin was named as a national finalist in three Coach of the Year Awards:  the Bear Bryant, the Eddie Robinson, and the Dodd.   

Corey Ihmels, Cross Country
Ihmels led the Boise State women to a second-place showing while the Bronco men took fourth at the Mountain West Championships.  Emma Bates and David Elliott won individual titles and were named Female and Male Athlete of the Year and All-Mountain West.  Marisa Howard also earned All-Mountain West honors for the Bronco women, while Emma Hyyppa was named Women's Freshman Athlete of the Year and Andrew Rafla was honored as Men's Freshman Athlete of the Year by the conference.  Ihmels then took his team to the Cross Country National Championships, where the women finished 11th in the nation.  Bates finished third in the country, and both she and Howard earned All-America honors.

Greg Patton, Men's Tennis
Patton took a team that went 12-15 in the regular season into the Mountain West Championships.  Boise State proceeded to beat Fresno State 4-0, then they upset top seed New Mexico 4-2 and topped Nevada 4-3 to win their fourth consecutive Mountain West championship.  Garrett Patton earned All-Mountain West honors in singles, and Thomas Tenreiro and Lewis Roskilly were tabbed All-Conference in doubles.  The Broncos earned the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Championships, where they lost 4-0 to South Florida.

Gordy Presnell, Women's Basketball
Presnell guided the Lady Broncos to a 22-11 mark, including a Mountain West championship with a 66-60 win over New Mexico.  During the season, guard Deanna Weaver was named All-Mountain West Conference, while in the tournament, Brooke Pahukoa and Yaiza Ortego Rodriguez were both named to the All-Tournament team and Pahukoa was chosen as the Most Valuable Player.  Boise State earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, where they lost 72-61 to #15 Tennessee.  Weaver was chosen to the All Region 17 Team in a vote by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Leon Rice, Men's Basketball
After an early-season injury to leading scorer Anthony Drmic, Rice guided the Broncos to a 25-9 record, including a Mountain West Conference championship in the regular season.  Guard Derrick Marks earned All-Mountain West honors, while James Webb III was named Top Newcomer of the Year and Rice earned Mountain West Coach of the Year honors.  Boise State was upset in the semifinals of the Mountain West postseason tournament by Wyoming.  Forward Nick Duncan was named to the All-Tournament Team.  Boise State earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the opening round to Dayton.  During the year, Rice helped Boise State to its highest ranking in school history--#25.  Marks was named to the All-District 17 team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, while Rice was named District 17 Coach of the Year.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Murray Qualifies in 5,000

Tessa finished 6th in a fast heat of the 5,000, beating the time she need to have by 10 seconds.  Bates and Murray both advance to Nationals!

Bates Qualifies for Nationals in 5,000, Murray Has to get one of two next fastest times

Bates finished 3rd in her heat, while Tessa Murray was sixth.

Flannigan Misses by 5/100th's of a second

How hugely disappointing for Mackenzie.  So she misses by 3/100th's in the 100 and 5/100th's in the 200 of making Nationals.  Flannigan finished 13th, just one spot out of the 12 that are going to Eugene.

Flannigan Finishes 4th in Heat

Mackenzie is going to be close to making the field.  She didn't automatically qualify by reaching the Top 3 in her heat, but the next three best times also make it to Eugene.  We should have an answer shortly, since hers was the last heat in the 200.

Flannagan will race in third heat of 200

Mackenzie needs to finish third in her heat to advance to the National Championships.  Her heat should get underway in about 15 minutes.