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Cross country: Lobo women (again) picked to win Mountain West

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.

UNM opens the cross country season on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Lobo Invitational to be held at the UNM North Golf Course. There will be a community fun run at 7:45 a.m. to start the events and will end with the collegiate men’s and women’s race at 9:35 a.m.

Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll                               

Team                            Points

  1. New Mexico  (10)       100
  2. Boise State (1)                       90
  3. Air Force                   77
  4. Utah State                 67
  5. Colorado State                      63
  6. Nevada                     61
  7. San José State                      46
  8. Wyoming                  38
  9. Fresno State             25
  10. San Diego State      20
  11. UNLV                      18

Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll             

Team                            Points

  1. Boise State (6)                       61
  2. Wyoming (2)              54
  3. Colorado State                      47
  4. Air Force (1)              46
  5. Utah State                 41
  6. New Mexico              29
  7. San José State                      22
  8. Nevada                     13
  9. Fresno State             11
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