The University of New Mexico women’s cross country team enters the 2019 season ranked as the Mountain West preseason favorite as voted on by the conference coaches, the league announced Thursday.
Earning 10 first-place votes and 100 points, the Lobos finished 10 points ahead of Boise State, with the Broncos picking up the remaining first-place vote.
It’s the ninth straight year that the Lobo women were picked as the preseason favorite.
The Lobo women are coming off of a NCAA runner-up finish and their 11th-straight league title as well as the NCAA Mountain Region title, their first since 2010.
UNM boasts some of the nation’s best runners in Weini Kelati and Ednah Kurgat, both of which who were named All-Americans last season with a runner-up and fifth-place finish, respectively, as well as an NCAA scorer in Adva Cohen, who just finished out of All-American contention.
The men’s team is picked to finish sixth with 29 points. Leading the men is the 2018 Mountain West Freshman of the Year in Reece Donihi and redshirt senior Jared Garcia. The team will also rely on contributions from Kristian Uldbjerg-Hansen and Max Wharton as scorers going in to the season.