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Olympic sports roundup: Lobo runners prep for tough Notre Dame field

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 3-ranked University of New Mexico women’s cross-country team will get tested Friday during its customary trip to compete at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.

The Lobo women take the course at 11 a.m.; the Lobos also are in the 11:45 a.m. men’s race. UNM is in the meet for the 10th consecutive season.

The women’s race will feature five other teams ranked in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association coaches’ poll, including No. 1 Colorado and No. 9 Arkansas.

The men’s race will see four ranked teams run, with No. 4 Colorado and No. 11 Washington State in attendance.

UNM was represented lightly in its own Lobo Invitational, before race results could count toward NCAA Championship field consideration. But 11 Lobo women and eight Lobo men will be running today.

  • Eastern New Mexico’s Omer Almog is the Lone Star Conference’s male runner of the week. Western New Mexico’s Michael Anzures of Seboyeta and Kaycie Cormier are the league’s freshmen of the week.

MEN’S TENNIS: The Lobo Invitational, formerly known as the Balloon Fiesta Invitational, begins today at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium and Linda Estes Tennis Center. UNM begins doubles play Friday at 8 a.m. vs. Air Force and Denver. New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Abilene Christian also are in the field.

It will be a split squad for the Lobos, since three top players are competing at the ITA All-American regionals beginning Saturday.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: UNM (7-3, 2-0 Mountain West) tries to stretch its win streak to five games Friday at Boise State (6-4-1, 1-1). UNM’s last five-game streak came in 2012.

MEN’S SOCCER: The Lobo men (4-3-1, 0-1-1 C-USA) will be in West Virginia on Saturday to face a Marshall squad (5-3-1, 1-1-0) that boasts a new head coach and a scoring leader that is a freshman.