Cross country preview: Rams head to Air Force for MW championships

Kaitlin Hanenburg

Kaitlin Hanenburg

Oct. 30, 2013

Mountain West Central | 2013 CSU Times | @CSURAMSTRACK | @MW_OlySports

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State cross country teams will put it all on the line at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships, hosted by Air Force, at Eisenhower Blue Course in Colorado Springs on Friday.

The men's 8-kilometer race begins at 10 a.m. MT, followed by the women's 6K at 10:45 a.m. Course maps, area maps, historical and season records, bib numbers and results will be posted online at Mountain West Central.

"We are confident heading into the Mountain West Conference championships, commented Head Coach Art Siemers. "Our women want to prove they belong among the best in the conference, and the men want to make history and win their first MWC title, and end New Mexico's streak of four straight titles."

After four weeks preparation since their last race at the Notre Dame Invitational, the men's team enters the championship race ranked second in the MW pre-championship coaches' poll. They trail top-ranked New Mexico by five points overall with 42, receiving two first-place votes from the coaches.

The Rams are ranked No. 22 in the nation in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Cross Country Coaches' Poll. The men will face stiff competition at the meet, with three additional nationally ranked teams from the Mountain West. New Mexico is ranked No. 9, followed by Boise State at No. 20 and Air Force at No. 28.



The women hold the fourth spot in the MW Pre-Championship Coaches' Poll with 62 points. No. 9 New Mexico holds the top spot with 99 points, followed by No. 25 Boise State with 89 and Air Force with 81.

Both teams will try and knock off New Mexico, who is favored to win the event. The Lobos' women have won five consecutive championships, while the men have taken the last four.

Junior Andrew Goodman has emerged as the Rams' top runner this season, after finishing 22nd at last year's MW championship. Goodman and senior Alex Muntefering, who placed fifth last year, will look to pace the squad as they did at the Roy Griak Invitational earlier this fall.

Senior Kaitlin Hanenburg will compete in her last MW championship race on Friday after leading the CSU women with a season-best 21:57.11 in the 6K at Pre-Nationals two weeks ago. She and fellow senior, Whitney Henderson, each had top-10 finishes for CSU in last year's meet.

As a team the women placed second at last year's meet, hosted by UNLV. The men took third.



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