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Boise State cross country wins Mountain West team, individual titles

Junior Yusuke Uchikoshi took first place at Friday’s 2016 Mountain West Men’s Cross Country Championships in Kuna. He is the second Bronco in three years to win the individual title.
Junior Yusuke Uchikoshi took first place at Friday’s 2016 Mountain West Men’s Cross Country Championships in Kuna. He is the second Bronco in three years to win the individual title. Photo courtesy of Boise State Athletics

Boise State runner Yusuke Uchikoshi added his name to the Mountain West record book Friday.

The junior took home the individual title with a time of 23 minutes, 48.8 seconds in the men’s 8K, helping the Broncos surge to their first-ever team championship Friday at the Mountain West Championships at Falcon Crest Golf Club.

He is the second Bronco in three years to win the men’s individual title, joining David Elliott in 2014.

Uchikoshi, who finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Jerrell Mock of Colorado State, was named the conference’s men’s cross country Athlete of the Year.

Boise State finished with 41 points, followed by Colorado State at 48.

“I’m pretty excited to get this title. This is my first title in the United States,” said Uchikoshi, who is originally from Japan. “The last kilometer, I was thinking to be patient and follow Colorado State. I decided that if I could follow the lead pack, I could make my move in the last 400 meters.”

Boise State coach Corey Ihmels was named the Men’s Coach of the Year.

The Broncos had three more men finish in the top 12: Michael Vennard (third; 24:07), Miler Haller (eighth; 24:14) and Rhys Park (12th; 24:24.30). Uchikoshi and Vennard were named all-Mountain West first team, while Haller and Park garnered second-team honors.

The champion Broncos were projected to finish second as a team behind Colorado State in a coaches’ poll released Thursday.

“The men did a fantastic job of battling,” Ihmels said. “It’s an exciting thing for our guys to come together as a group and start to run together as a team, and it’s starting to show in the results.”

The Boise State women had a successful Friday as well, as sophomore Brenna Peloquin took fourth in the 6K with a time of 20:27.4. The team took third place after being projected to finish second in the pre-championship poll.

Freshman Clare O’Brien (20:56.40) finished 12th and was named the Women’s Freshman of the Year.

New Mexico won its ninth straight women’s title with 42 points, followed by Air Force (53) and Boise State (86).

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