- Micah Drew
- Allie Ostrander
By the time the field finished its last loop of the snow-dusted championship course in Madison, Wisconsin, Ostrander was a mere 15-seconds off the lead with about one kilometer to go in the six-kilometer race. She ultimately crossed the line in sixth place.
Ostrander's performance helped the Boise State women's team finish in sixth with 288 points, tying its best-ever finish from 2017.
The NCAA championships marked the end of a prosperous season for the Broncos which saw the men and women’s teams receive the highest national rankings in program history.
- Micah Drew
Boise State sophomore Emily Venters received All-American status with a top-40 finish (39th). The rest of the Bronco’s top five was rounded out by Maxine Paholek (89th), Alexis Fuller (104th) and Gracie Tostenson (121st).
The women’s race was dominated by the University of Colorado, which scored just 65 points to win over defending national champions New Mexico. The women of Oregon, Michigan and Stanford also finished ahead of the Broncos.
In the men’s 10-kilometer race the Boise State team finished 10th, its best result since 1996. At the start of the season, the men were ranked 24th in the preseason coaches poll and 9th going into the meet, an impressive jump by any standards.
“They all ran really tough today, we just lacked a little help on the back end,” said Ihmels. “We thought we had a chance to be in that fourth- to sixth [place] range and we were off that by just a bit.”