Boise State's Peloquin Wins at Wisconsin Invitational

Release courtesy of Boise State Athletics.

MADISON, Wis.Brenna Peloquin was sensational in her second major meet of the season, capturing the title at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational thanks to a time of 20:00.8 on the 6-kilometer course. Peloquin took down New Mexico’s Alice Wright (20:01.9) and Notre Dame’s Anna Rohrer (20:03.4) in the last 400 meters, securing her second cross country victory of her collegiate career.

 “I’ve always said that one race doesn’t make you a champion, and one race doesn’t make you a loser,” Peloquin told FloTrack after the race. “Going into this race today of course I wanted to win, but the conditions aren’t always right on the given day. I just go into a race trying to race to what I’m capable of on that day.”

The sophomore from Gig Harbor, Wash., ran a smart race in what was a windy day in Wisconsin. Peloquin spent the majority of the race amongst the leaders in the top five, but she made sure to also have a runner or two in front of and beside her to block out some of the wind.

She made her move late in the race over the course of the last 800 meters, but was effective in eventually dropping Wright and Rohrer in the latter half of the homestretch.

“Yeah I have high expectations for myself, but every race I just try to race the people I am with,” Peloquin said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m in fifth or I’m in 55th, I just need to race the people around me. If I race the people around me and give everything I have on the day, I can be happy with that."

With Peloquin’s victory on Friday, the Broncos have the last two Wisconsin Invitational women’s individual champions with Allie Ostrander capturing the title in 2015. Boise State is the only school to have two different back-to-back winners in the meet’s history.

As a team, the women finished in 18th place with 404 points. Three other Broncos finished in the top 100; Gracie Tostenson (81st – 21:14.8), Sarah Hastings (88th – 21:17.1) and Clare O’Brien (95th – 21:21.8).

Kyra Lopez was the fifth scorer for Boise State, taking 139th place with a time of 21:50.2.

The men were led by two exceptional performances from Yusuke Uchikoshi and Miler Haller, both of which finished in the top 40. Uchikoshi took 33rd thanks to a 24:27.1, and Haller was right on his heels crossing the line in 24:27.9 for 36th on the 8-kilometer course.

Chandler Austin (25:06.3) was 109th, Andrew Rafla (25:11.3) finished in 117th and Rhys Park (25:11.4) was the fifth scorer in 118th.

Six additional men and women raced for the Broncos in the “B” races that preceded the invitational races. Riley Campbell (25:15.3) was the top finisher for the men in ninth, and Jordan Jacob (22:10.0) buoyed the women for 31st place.

Boise State will compete again when they host the Mountain West Cross Country Championships in Kuna, Idaho at Falcon Crest Golf Club on Friday, Oct. 28. The women’s race will go off at 10 a.m. (MT) and the men will follow at 10:45 a.m. Admission and parking are both free.