Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Elijah Armstrong Signs with Boise State

The Bronco cross country and track teams got a huge boost with the announcement that Pocatello High School senior Elijah Armstrong has signed a National Letter of Intent to go to Boise State. 

Armstrong ranks ninth in the nation, and he finished sixth at the 2013 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, earning All-America honors as a junior. 

“In Elijah, we have one of the top distance recruits in the country,” said head coach Corey Ihmels.  “His resume speaks for itself but beyond that he is someone who has goals and aspirations that very few are able to comprehend let alone achieve. He is a very humble young man and won’t accept anything but greatness.”

In addition to capturing four consecutive individual cross country championships, Armstrong also won three state titles in the 1,600-meter, two in the 3,200, and one in the 800-meter.  Armstrong holds state records in both the 1,600 and 3,200, and he ranks in the Top 25 in the nation in the 1,600 (22nd with a time of 4:09), 3,200 (19th at 8:55), and the 5,000 (3rd with a time of 14:28). 

“I have always set very high goals and will continue to do so,” added Armstrong. “I want to be the very best runner that I can be and hopefully win NCAA titles and also represent Team USA in the World and Olympic games. I want to help Coach Ihmels and the team put Boise State on the map as one of the premier distance running programs in the country.”

Armstrong is getting ready for the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional this Saturday at the Eagle Island Cross Country Course.  He will also compete in the Foot Locker West Regionals December 6, and hopes to qualify for the National Championships in San Diego on December 13. 

“Elijah is an addition to Boise State Athletics that won’t settle for anything less than the best,” said Ihmels. “He not only adds to our outstanding class from last year but sets the standard for years to come.”

Armstrong brings a 4.0 GPA from Pocatello High School to Boise State. 

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