When J.W. Hardy, who had made Northern Arizona a perennial national cross country power, took over at Boise State, you knew the goal was to do the same for the Broncos.
Hardy signed Boise State's teams up to participate in one of the top competitions in the nation--the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minnesota. While both Bronco teams finished 17th, they weren't the worst in the field and the experience will be invaluable as they bumped elbows with the best in the country.
Freshman Vince Hamilton led the Boise State men's team with an 8-kilometer time of 24:53. Boise State defeated seven teams, including Iowa, Arizona and Kansas State. North Carolina State won the men's competition.
Marisa VanderMalle paced the Bronco women, covering the 5-k course in 21:41. The Boise State women finished ahead of nine teams, including Oklahoma, South Carolina and Kansas State. California won the title with 128 points with fellow Mountain West team Colorado State 13th.