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Boise State Game Balls for week of June 5th

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And with this OBNUG Game Balls, we will be done until the fall. This featured the last competition that Boise State-affiliated athletes competed in while under the Bronco-banner.

So how did our athletes fare?

Game Ball One:

Minttu Hukku

The one cool thing about the NCAA Outdoor nationals is that all three Broncos represented came away with All-America Honors.

Ms. Hukku earned hers in the steeplechase, and while she is a sophomore, she was eligible as a freshman in this meet (not sure of the particulars on that one). She finished the 3,000 meter race in 10:36.67. That was for 11th place in her heat, 20th overall.

And all that was good enough for an All-America Honorable Mention.

Congratulations Ms. Hukku on a solid representation and look forward to handing out more Game Balls in the years to come.

Game Ball Two:

David Elliott

Mr. Elliott is no stranger to success on the track and the NCAA outdoor nationals were no different.

The Bronco senior participated in the 1,500 meter run. While his time of 3:49.93 is really good it was, unfortunately, “only” good enough for 18th place overall. But that still also gives him All-America Honorable Mention. And that is more than a lot of people can walk—er—run away with.

Congratulations Mr. Elliott. May you have many successes going forward.

Game Ball Three:

Brenna Peloquin

Saved the best for last on this one.

Ms. Peloquin competed in two events as a senior. And rocked them both.

Her first race was the 10,000 meter. It was an intense race as she was in third for a good chunk of the event. But Dominique Scott, a senior out of Arkansas, turned on the rockets and totally smoked the competition (she beat second-place finisher Alice Wright of New Mexico by a cool 11 seconds). But Ms. Peloquin was the only Bronco to put any points on the team board by finishing 8th with a time of 32:58.78.

(Courtesy of Boise State Athletics)

Peloquin is almost a full head shorter than everyone else.

Interestingly enough, the Mountain West was pretty well-represented in the top eight of this race nabbing second, third, and eighth. The SEC was the only other conference to have more than one top eight finisher.

But guess what? Ms. Peloquin was not done for the weekend.

And she did what she, apparently, does well: get All-America honors and Boise State team points.

Ms. Peloquin took eighth in the women's 5,000 meter race with a time of 16:07.32. Dominique Scott won another race by putting up a time of 15:57.07 which was only three seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Anyway. Congratulations Ms. Peloquin on an impressive freshman campaign. Boise State is going to be very set in this category for some years.