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Boise State cross country team earns historic finish

Allie Ostrander finished in fourth place Saturday to lead the Boise State women’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, Ky., its best finish in program history.
Allie Ostrander finished in fourth place Saturday to lead the Boise State women’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, Ky., its best finish in program history. for the Statesman

The Boise State women’s cross country team earned its best finish in program history, taking sixth at the NCAA Championship on Saturday morning at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.

The Broncos totaled 264 points behind Allie Ostrander’s fourth-place run in 19 minutes, 31.2 seconds.

New Mexico won the women’s team title with 90 points, and Lobos sophomore Ednah Kurgat claimed the individual championship, tackling the 6-kilometer course in 19:19.5.

“The women did a fantastic job,” Boise State coach Corey Ihmels said. “It wasn’t our best race of the year, but they all ran solid and we finished higher than we were ranked. Our goal is to be a top-10 program, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for this program.”

Also scoring for the Broncos were Emily Venters (53rd, 20:22.1), Clare O’Brien (77th, 20:32.0), Minttu Hukka (100th, 20:42.8) and Alexis Fuller (122nd, 20:53.7).

In the men’s 10-kilometer race, the Broncos finished 19th (475 points) for the second consecutive year, led by Addison Dehaven (31st, 29:53.1) and Miler Haller (36th, 29:58.3). Both Broncos earned All-American honors along with Ostrander.

Northern Arizona won the men’s team championship (74 points), and Syracuse senior Justyn Knight (29:00.1) was the individual champ.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @byrachelroberts

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