New Mexico Ranked No. 1 In Preseason Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Defending national champion New Mexico enters the 2016 cross country season as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation according to the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Preseason National Coaches’ Poll, which was released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Lobos collected nine of a possible 12 first-place votes and are the first program since 2010 to win the national title and enter the following season as the top-ranked squad in the country. The reigning Mountain West champion Lobos return three All-Americans from 2015, including Alice Wright, Rhona Auckland, and Calli Thackery.  

Joining UNM in the top-10 preseason rankings are the Boise State Broncos. Boise State was tabbed sixth after finishing 11th at last year’s NCAA meet. The Broncos return last season’s MW champion and national runner-up Allie Ostrander as well as fellow standout sophomore and 2015 All-American Brenna Peloquin

On the men’s side, Boise State and Colorado State were both ranked in the top-25 with the Broncos coming in at No. 16 followed by the Rams in the No. 25 position. Boise State finished 16th at the national meet last season, while CSU placed a pair of runners, Jefferson Abbey and Jerrell Mock, in the top 20 at the event. 

The 2016 cross country season begins on Friday, Sept. 2. The 2016 Mountain West Championships will be hosted by Boise State University at the Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna, Idaho on Friday, Oct. 28 and will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network.