COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 2014 Mountain West cross country preseason poll was released Thursday, with the Colorado State Rams men's team selected to finish second, and women's program projected to take third.
The forecast mirrors what took place at the conference championships last fall. The men's team finish was the squad's best performance since 2005, while the women captured the third spot on the podium by just one point, overtaking host school Air Force down the final stretch.
For the men, reigning champion New Mexico was selected to repeat as champion with 49 points and seven first place votes. Colorado State received 40 points and one first place vote, followed by Air Force and Boise State in a tie for third with 35 points, Wyoming in fifth (23 points), Utah State in sixth (22), Fresno State in seventh (13) and San José State in eighth (7).
We just finished a great training camp in Grand Lake, Colo.," commented Head Coach Art Siemers. "Our teams put in the miles this summer and it showed. We are healthy and are looking forward to great things this season."
The Lobos were also predicted as the 2014 champions on the women's side. Their team tallied 97 points and seven first place votes. Boise State garnered 92 points and the remaining four first place votes, followed by the Rams in third with 82 points. Wyoming took the fourth spot (63), then Utah State (61), Air Force (58), Nevada (54), Fresno State (41), San Diego State (25), San José State (18) and UNLV (17).
The CSU men, who finished the 2014 campaign ranked No.26 in the country, return two all-conference winners in senior Andrew Goodman and redshirt sophomore Jefferson Abbey, while the women return former MW Freshman of the Year, Sanne Holland.
The Rams open the season hosting the CSU Invite on Sept. 5 at Hughes Stadium. For more information, click here.
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