July 13, 2016
Boise State recently completed another successful year of intercollegiate athletics, highlighted by team and individual conference championships as well as postseason appearances and All-America honors. The department finished the year No. 70 in the Learfield Directors' Cup, the third consecutive top-75 year-end ranking and the school's 10th in the 23-year history of the award. This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the year that was. The series continues today with the spring sports season.
Men's tennis continued their winning tradition, securing a 20-win season (20-10) and its fifth-consecutive appearance in the Mountain West title match. Women's tennis closed strong, winning eight of their final 11 matches to finish the season ranked No. 7 in the ITA Mountain Region, the highest year-end regional ranking since 2011.
Brenna Peloquin picked up two first-team All-America honors in the 5,000m and 10,000m for outdoor track and field, giving her a total of three All-America accolades in her freshman year. Beach volleyball carried over their momentum from the indoor season and logged wins over Oregon and twice versus Stanford.
Women's golf's Samantha Martin finished her career as the program's leader in career scoring average at 75.02, and men's golf combined for 447 birdies as a team -- the fourth most in school history. Softball was buoyed by the Mountain West Freshman of the Year Rebekah Cervantes and her league-best 13 home runs.
• The Broncos finished 20-10 overall, recording the program's 17th 20-win season.
• Boise State fell in the Mountain West championship match reaching its fifth-consecutive MW title match.
• Closed the season winning 13 of their final 16 contests and finished ranked 55th nationally and second in the region.
• Kyle Butters, Brian Foley and Toby Mitchell all earned All-MW honors.
• Butters was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and the ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year.
• Coach Greg Patton's 794 career wins ranks him fourth nationally all-time in NCAA history and first among active collegiate coaches.
• Won eight of their final 11 matches to finish the season ranked No. 7 in the Mountain Region, its year-end highest regional ranking since 2011.
• Freshman Hanna Kantenwein went 9-4 at the No. 1 position and was named All-Mountain West.
• Kantenwein checked in at No. 10 in the final regional rankings, the first Bronco freshman to earn a year-end regional ranking in singles since Boise State was aligned in the Mountain Region in 2010.
• Megan LaLone and Naomi de Hart earned All-Mountain West recognition in doubles.
• Eight members of the team were named Academic All-Mountain West and five earned the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award.
Outdoor Track and Field
• Picked up three individual conference titles at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships: men's 5,000m (David Elliott), men's 10,000m (Elijah Armstrong) and women's 10,000m (Brenna Peloquin).
• Elliott, Peloquin and Minttu Hukka went on to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, earning All-America honors in the process.
• Peloquin took eighth place in both the 5,000m and the 10,000m at nationals, making her the first freshman in Boise State history to earn three All-America honors in one season.
• 12 All-Mountain West honors at the conference championships.
• 10 Broncos qualified and participated in the NCAA Track and Field West Region Championships.
• After sitting out the collegiate season due to injury, Allie Ostrander returned to the outdoor track and took eighth in the 5,000m at the USATF Olympic Team Trials. She ran a 15:24.74 in the final, good for the Mountain West record.
• Finished the year at 5-6 overall, all on the road, recording the most victories in a season during its three year history.
• Won four exhibition matches during the season to give the team an unofficial mark of 9-6.
• Went 3-2 versus the Pac-12 with wins over Oregon and twice versus Stanford.
• Other wins came over the Portland Pilots and Sacramento State Hornets.
• The pairs of Kaitlyn Oliver/Maddi Osburn and Jaymee-Lee Bulda/Laney Hayes both went 8-3 during the campaign to set a new school record for wins in a season by a pair(s).
• Boise State's No. 2 pair of Sarah Baugh and Sierra Nobley also finished with a winning record of 6-5.
• The team's scoring average of 302.03 on the season was the second lowest in school history.
• Samantha Martin concluded her Bronco career as the school's career leader in scoring average (75.02), tournament wins (four), birdies (232), top-10 finishes (14) and finishes (29).
• Sammie Pless (77.05) and McKenzie Ford (77.45) concluded their collegiate careers owning the and fourth- and fifth-best career scoring averages, respectively.
• Martin took home medalist honors at the BYU Entrada Classic -- her school-record fourth tournament victory -- en route to her second-career MW Golfer of the Week honor.
• Martin (74.03) and junior Genevieve Ling (74.79) recorded the first- and fourth-best single-season scoring averages in school history in 2015-16, respectively.
• Senior Logan France led the Broncos with an eighth-place finish at the Mountain West Championships.
• France concluded his Bronco career with the most rounds played in school history.
• Junior Kyle Mitsunaga led Boise State with a scoring average of 74.39 on the season.
• As a team, the Broncos recorded 447 birdies, the fourth most in school history.
• The team combined to record five rounds of par-or-better, tied for the eighth-most in school history. Included was a 9-under 279, tied for the seventh-lowest single-round team score in school history.
• Shortstop Rebekah Cervantes was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year, the first in program history.
• Cervantes and senior first baseman Teauna Hughes were named to the All-Mountain West First Team.
• The Broncos went 3-1 at the Mary Nutter Classic in February, picking up wins over New Mexico and Stanford.
• Cervantes led the Mountain West with 13 home runs.
Stay tuned all week to relive the best of the last year in Boise State Athletics.