Most of our members have no idea about the great history behind the club that they are a part of, so I have decided to share it with you all!
The “Boise State Track and Field Club” started out as “Bronco Track Club” and had some great athletes that competed for the club between 2002 and 2006, such as Olympians Jarred Rome (Boise State alumni) and Ian Waltz in the discus throw, javelin thrower Justin St.Clair, jumper Charlie Clinger, and top sprinters such as Antoine Echols, Ray Ardill and Corey Nelson. The club disappeared for a couple years until the fall of 2008 when distance coaches Brad Wick and Wijnand Rijkenberg decided to reestablish the club, and named it “Bronco Track & Running Club” (BTRC). After registration with the USA Track & Field Association (Snake River district) and being recognized by Boise State University as a Club Sport, BTRC was official.
In the Fall of 2009, the club changed its name once again, and became “Boise State Track and Field Club”, or as it’s commonly called for short, BSU Track Club. At this time, the club continued to grow, and finally consisted of both male and female members. That Fall, the Track Club competed as a full men’s cross country team for the first time at the Coyote Twilight Meet, in Caldwell.
It would take just two more years for the women to do the same, when they competed as a full women’s cross country team at the Bob Firman Invite in 2011, where they placed 2nd, only behind Boise State University’s varsity team. That year, BSUTFC became members of NIRCA, and competed in the Pacific Northwest Regional meet against the UO Running Club, where the women lost by just 2 points. Both teams competed in Nationals, in North Carolina. The women’s team placed 8th out of 26 teams, and had 2 All Americans, Jessie Ward and Alisa Kagukina.
So there’s our history! We’ve come far, and have a long way to go! 🙂