Air Force's Everson and Boise State's Ostrander Race to Victories at 2015 NCAA Regional Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Air Force senior Hannah Everson and Boise State Freshman Allie Ostrander raced to victories at the 2015 NCAA Regional Championships in both Albuquerque, New Mexico and Seattle, Washington respectively, sites of the Mountain and West Regional Championship, highlighting a day of top individual performances by Mountain West runners.
Everson, a third-place finisher at the 2015 Mountain West Cross Country Championships, completed the 6K course at UNM Championship Golf Course in 20:45.42. Ostrander, the 2015 MW Cross Country individual Champion, finished the 6K race in a time of 20:10.9 at Jefferson Park Golf Course. The No. 9 Broncos finished second in the team standings with 80 points and earned a trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, which take place on Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The University of Louisville will host the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships at Tom Sawyer State Park. The women’s 6K race will begin at 12 p.m. ET, followed by the men’s 10K at 1 p.m. ET.
The Broncos weren’t the only MW women’s team to earn an automatic bid to nationals. New Mexico’s women’s team, ranked No. 1 nationally in the final USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll, placed second in the team standings with 50 points. On the men’s side, No. 24 Boise State earned an at-large bid after placing fifth in the West Regional Championship.
Individually, Air Force teammates Kyle Eller and Patrick Corona will compete in the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Eller and Corona finished third (29:58.10) and fourth (30:00.18) at the Mountain Regional Championships to earn their spots and USTFCCCA All-Region honors by finishing in the top-25.
Colorado State’s Darby Gilfillan, Jefferson Abbey, and Jerrell Mock also qualified for the women’s and men’s national meet, respectively. Gailfillan finished fifth at the Mountain Regional Championship with a time of 21:10.8, while Abbey and Mock completed the men’s 10K race fifth (30:00.88) and sixth (30:01.50). All three Colorado State runners also earned All-Region honors for their finishes at the Mountain Regional Championship.
At the West Regional, Ostrander’s teammate Brenna Peloquin finished fourth with a time of 20:37.8, followed by fellow Bronco runner Minttu Hukka who completed the course fifth (20:42.2) to earn All-Region accolades along with Ostrander. Anna Holdiman finished 34th (21:22.0) and Charlotte Corless was 36th (21:22.7) to round out the scoring for Boise State. Other MW teams competing at the West Regional Championship were San José State (18th), San Diego State (25th), and UNLV (27th).
At the Mountain Regional, Air Force (7th), Colorado State (8th), Nevada (9th), Wyoming (10th) and Utah State (11th) also represented the MW in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Individually, New Mexico’s Calli Thackery (9th, 21:15.33), Courtney Frerichs (10th, 21:15.35), Molly Renfer (11th, 21:15.42), Rhona Auckland (12th, 21:15.53), and Whitney Thornburg (13th, 21:19.68), along with Nevada’s Emily Myers (17th, 21:22.63) received All-Region awards, as did Air Force’s Carina Gillespie (21st, 21:35.01).
Wyoming’s Amos Bowen finished 12th at the Mountain Regional on the men’s side with a time of 30:19.46. Teammate Aaron Derner placed 20th on the 10K course in 30:29.49. Both Bowen and Derner received All-Region honors, as well as Elmar Engholm of New Mexico, who finished 20th overall in 30:42.23. In the team standings, Air Force placed fifth, Colorado State was sixth and Wyoming seventh. Host New Mexico finished ninth and Utah State 10th.
Boise State sophomore Michael Vennard cracked the top-20 at the West Regional with a 17th-place finish (31:29.8) and was named an All-Region performer. The Broncos were fifth in the team standings, with San José State 14th and Fresno State 24th.