Cowboys Picked 5th, Cowgirls 7th in MW Cross Country Pre-season Poll
The Cowboys cross-country team was picked to finish in fifth place, and the cowgirls eighth place in the Mountain West pre-season cross country polls, voted on by conference coaches.
The fifth-place pick for the Cowboys is up one spot from their 2017 finish at the Mountain West Championships. The men’s harriers earned 22 points in the poll to tie with New Mexico, while San Jose State (13) and Fresno State (7) finished behind Wyoming. Colorado State was selected to win the conference with 46 points and four first-place votes, however it is close at the top of the poll with Boise State earning 44 points and three first-place votes, and Air Force earning 39 points and a lone first-place vote. Utah State placed fourth with 31 points in the poll.
The Cowgirls’ eighth-place pick matches their 2017 finish at the MW Championships. The UW women earned 39 points in the poll, finishing ahead of UNLV (21), Fresno State (19) and San Diego State (17). Defending national champion New Mexico was picked to win the conference with 99 points and nine first-place votes, however Boise State isn’t too far behind in the coaches’ minds with 92 points and two first-place votes. Utah State was selected third with 78 points, and Air Force polled in behind the Aggies with 67 points. Nevada and San Jose State both tied for fifth with 59 points, while the Colorado State women were picked seventh with 55 points.
The Cowboys return their top six runners from last season while bringing back redshirt senior Jonah Henry, the team’s top finisher at the 2016 MW Championships, and senior Ricky Faure from 2017 injuries. The Cowgirls lost their top two runners from a year ago, but return numerous athletes with race experience and welcome in a talented freshman class.
The Wyoming harriers will get their first look at conference foes Air Force and Colorado State when they host the Wyoming Invite on Friday, Aug. 31. The meet will be held at the Little America Golf Course in Cheyenne, Wyo., beginning at 6 p.m. (MT). Wyoming will also welcome Colorado and Northern Colorado for the season-opening meet.