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Wake Up, Bronco Nation: Track and Field; Softball gets going; NFL Combine looming

February 12, 2016

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What a week, everyone. Lots of news dropped yesterday what with football, academic stuff, basketball debacles, the usual. But now that it is Friday (AND VALENTINES DAY ON SUNDAY) we can sit back, relax, and enjoy the weekend.

But, until then, on to the links!

Broncos Track and Field team getting after it

There are some Broncos going up to Seattle for the Husky Classic, including Allie Ostrander running the 3,000 meters. Broncos are only participating in running events while in Seattle. The men's and women's 5,000 meters on Friday and the 3,000 meters and mile on Saturday. So look for some news regarding Ms Ostrander just dominating fools who are silly enough to try and surpass her. You can have access to the Husky Classic online here to watch some of the events. You have to subscribe in order to watch.

Also, Ostrander made Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd.

The other contingent of Broncos are in Boise for the Boise State Challenge. Chassity Love is participating in three events: 400 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and the 4x400 meter relay. You can keep track of the Boise State live feed here.

Softball had a bit of a rocky start yesterday

Below is a bit of an introduction to the team.

The Broncos dropped their first game of the year against Creighton.

Then, unfortunately, dropped their second game of the year in five innings.

Rough go of it for the first two games to start 0-2 on the season. While the team struggled last year (12-42 overall; 4-20 MWC) the hope is to make some strides this year. Maybe they can pick up some momentum this year and go on a run. At least get to .500 on the season. It's a pretty long season, and they're just getting started, but perhaps if they can get a good run going they can challenge for higher than the 9th place they were predicted to finish.

They have another double-header tonight facing off against Maryland (2:30 p.m.) and San Diego (5:00 p.m.). Then they cap the weekend off on Saturday against some guy named Bradley (9 a.m.).

Broncos headed to the NFL combine

Darian Thompson improved his draft dramatically with a really good showing at the Senior Bowl. He even has talk of sneaking in to the first round.

Boise State S Darian Thompson met with 15 general managers and had a personal interview with an NFL HC at the Senior Bowl and leaves the week "a winner," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Not sure how he was not already a possible first-rounder, but seeing Thompson on Sundays is going to be a natural progression.

Correa has not participated in any football-related events yet. But that's because he's considered the 10th best OLB in the draft (107th overall), per CBS Sports projections. That would be good for a third or fourth round pick. Look to the combine for him to showcase his athleticism and improve his grade. My guess? He gets drafted in the second round after he wows scouts, coaches and GMs with his awesomeness.

Rees Odhiambo getting some NFL love too.

Odhiambo is a legitimate NFL athlete, however, so if the broken ankle which cut short his final season on the blue turf is cleared, he could generate middle round consideration.

If it were not for the unfortunate injuries, Odhiambo would probably be hire on the draft boards. A big, athletic type who has a lot of upside and is coachable would be desirable for any coach. The combine will, hopefully, be a chance for Odhiambo to shine.

Bronco gymnasts head on down to San José

Broncos look to keep their win streak going against the Spartans today. The meet kicks off at 8 p.m. so should be somewhat of a late finish. Look for Sandra Collantes to lead the Broncos to victory! You should read a little bit more about Ms Collantes.

Bronco basketball looks to rebound on Saturday versus Wyoming

Tomorrow's games are going to be rebound games. For both teams. The women's game was a big enough loss that it was more of a "flush" game. The men's? The men have been in a bit of a slump for some time, so an emotional heart-breaking loss doesn't exactly help. But hopefully they can find some sort of groove and move past it.

Now that the Mountain West conference has decided to make an already bad replay situation worse for the men's team, the national media is getting involved. Deadspin broke down the video. Hopefully the MWC decides to release another statement of how bad they goofed this and at least issue an apology to the men's basketball team. They play at Taco Bell Arena.

The women? Well, they got worked over by Colorado State pretty good. A 32 point beat-down. So it will not be so much of an emotional thing to get over as just trying to find the winning way again.

Both teams begin play at 2 p.m.

Duncan is pretty smart

And a first teamer at that! While fall sport Broncos were getting their accolades for hitting the books, Nick Duncan also got recognized for having his priorities straight while in school. This is a pretty big deal considering Broncos making this list is kind of rare, last time it happened for a Bronco was 2010.


Meet Doug.

This guy sets down his camera, sets it for two seconds, then runs as far as he can before the picture snaps. Check and see his pictures here.