The University of New Mexico women’s cross country team slipped two spots to a tie for fourth in the latest national coaches poll after the Lobos finished seventh last Friday at the Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Arkansas, BYU, and Colorado are the top three in order. Other Mountain West schools ranked are Boise State (11th) and Air Force (21st).
Lobo Weini Kelati won the race and teammate Ednah Kurgat finished fifth at Notre Dame. Another top Lobo runner, Adva Cohen, missed the meet to compete for Israel at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Cohen finished 11th in her 3,000-meter steeplechase heat. Kelati, named Monday the national cross country athlete of the week, picked up league honors Tuesday as well.
UNM is back in action on Oct. 18 at the Nuttycombe Invitational, which has 18 ranked teams in the field, including No. 1 Arkansas and Stanford, the team tied with the Lobos at No. 4.
(Click here for the press release from the coaches.)