Aug 26, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released the preseason regional NCAA Division I rankings Monday. In the Mountain Region, the Colorado State men’s team enters the 2013 ranked No. 6. Other teams in the Mountain West who are ranked in the Mountain Region include New Mexico (4), Air Force (5), Wyoming (8), and Utah State (12).
Colorado State’s women’s team has also earned a No. 6 preseason ranking. New Mexico (2), Air Force (8), Utah State (11), and Wyoming (15) join the Rams from the Mountain West.
The 2013 cross country team is looking to come back strong from its 2012 season with the return of the 2012 coaching staff and its 2013 seniors. Returning seniors include Kaitlin Hanenburg, Whitney Henderson, Alex Balsiger, Ben Larson, Christian Meyer and Alex Muntefering.
Hanenburg, Henderson and newcomer Chloe Phillips look to complete their years at Colorado State with a strong finish with the team. Hanenburg and Henderson are cross country veterans who aspire to help lead their team into victory this season. Henderson placed 8th at the 2012 Mountain West Cross Country Championships. Phillips is coming to the team with strong finishes in Berry/University of the South Invite (2012), Mississippi State Invite and Sewanee Invite (2009).
The men’s side of the team has plenty of returning talent as well, including Balsiger, Larson, Meyer and Muntefering. Muntefering placed fifth at 2012 Mountain West championships in the 2012 season, which aided the Rams during their season.
The cross country team will begin their season at home with the Colorado State Invite on Sept. 6. On Sept. 28 the team travels to St. Paul, Minn., to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational. Days later, top runners compete at Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 4 in South Bend, Ind., remaining runners will compete at the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 4.
The Rams will participate against their conference competitors at Pre-Nationals in Terra Haute, Ind., on Oct. 19. On Nov.1, the Mountain West championships are held in Colorado Springs, Colo. Once completed, the team will fight for a bid in Ogden, Utah, to compete NCAA Mountain Regional on Nov. 15. The Rams will wrap up their season with the NCAA Championship on Nov. 23 in Terra Haute, Ind.