BOISE - The Boise State cross country program heads into Friday's Mountain West championships at Air Force with its best set of teams.
The Broncos are ranked No. 20 on the men's side and No. 25 on the women's side. They are behind only New Mexico among Mountain West teams. Both Lobos teams are No. 9.
The Broncos also have a women's championship contender in junior Emma Bates.
"This is what we've been working toward the last four years," senior Allan Schroeder said. "Everybody has this common goal to get to nationals. The fact that on the men's side and the women's side it's all starting to come together, it's great. It's better than expected."
Bates, who has had a terrific career on the track, won the Pre-National title two weeks ago in cross country. Teammate Marisa Howard finished third in the Mountain West last year, when Bates redshirted.
"I think we're going to go one and two," Bates said. She has two goals: to get the team to the national meet and to win the individual national title. "We're working harder than we ever have and running faster than we ever have," Bates said.
BSU VOLLEYBALL: Undefeated Colorado State beat the Broncos 25-19, 25-20, 25-13 at Bronco Gym. Aly Duffin led BSU (10-12, 4-8 MW) with eight kills, and Sarah Baugh chipped in 22 assists.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE VOLLEYBALL: The Crusaders swept Simon Fraser 25-10, 25-17, 25-17 in Nampa. Elayna Rice led NNU (13-5, 9-3 GNAC) with 13 kills while adding nine digs, and Kaitlyn Tuholski added nine kills and 14 digs.
NNU WOMEN'S SOCCER: Lexi Fesenbek scored the game-winner from 20 yards out during overtime to give NNU (2-11-3, 1-9-3 GNAC) a 1-0 victory over St. Martin's in Nampa.
NNU MEN'S SOCCER: The Crusaders lost to the University of Mary 2-1 in overtime in Bismark, N.D. Fredy Razo scored for NNU (3-7-5, 3-6-3 GNAC).