Aug 23, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The 2013 Mountain West cross country preseason poll was released Thursday, with the Colorado State Rams men’s and women’s programs both selected to finish third.
The New Mexico men’s and women’s programs were selected to win the 2013 Mountain West titles. The Lobos’ women’s team has won five consecutive MW cross country championships, while the men have won four straight titles. UNM’s men’s team received seven of the first place votes and 49 points, while the women’s team took ten of the first place votes and 100 points.
For the men, the Air Force Falcons take the second place preseason ranking with 42 points and one first place vote. Boise State and Colorado State share the third place ranking with 34 points respectively. Mountain West newcomer Utah State takes the fifth ranking, tallying 24 points, while Wyoming sits at the sixth place ranking having 20 points. Fresno State proceeds ranking seventh and taking in 13 of the votes, while another Mountain West newcomer, San Jose State, rounds out the voting with 9 points and the eighth place ranking.
Boise State comes in second place with 85 of the points for the women’s teams. Colorado State received one first place vote and 83 points. Air Force takes the fourth place ranking with 72 of the points, while Utah State (63 points) takes the number five slot. Wyoming (57 points) and Nevada (47 points) take the sixth and seventh place ranking, putting Fresno State (37 points) in the eighth place position. The UNLV Rebels take in 23 points, putting them into ninth place. San Diego State (20 points) finished 10th and San Jose State (18 points) finished 11th.
The Rams will return women’s team returns key athletes such as senior Whitney Henderson, who was awarded second team all-conference during her junior campaign, Kaitlin Hanenburg, who was presented with second team all-conference in 2012, and senior Hannah Pensack-Rinehart, who also was awarded second team all-conference during her 2012 season. Colorado State women earned a second-place finish at the 2012 Mountain West championships.
The men’s team will return senior Alex Muntefering, who was awarded first team all-conference during the 2012 campaign, senior Christian Meyer, who was presented with second team all-conference last season, junior Andrew Goodman, sophomore Jacob Morgan and senior Alex Balsiger, who all helped lead the Rams to a third-place finish at the 2012 Mountain West championships.
Colorado State will begin the season by hosting the CSU Invite on Sept. 6 at Hughes Stadium.
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