Women's Cross Country Checks in at Season-Best No. 17 in National Poll

Oct. 16, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico women's cross country team registered its highest rank of the season in the most recent edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings released Tuesday. The women check in at 17th in the nation and are the only Mountain West institution ranked.

The Lobos finished a respectable 11th place at the highly competitive Wisconsin adidas Invitational over the weekend, behind a strong effort by ace Josephine Moultrie. Moultrie finished ninth individually with a 19-minute, 56-second time, while Charlotte Arter (44th, 20:25) and Lacey Oeding (63rd, 20:37) also had strong performances in the women's 6-kilometer race.

"They're running very well." New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. "We can run better, but some kids were off. That happens in our sport and we're a better team than we showed at Wisconsin."

In spite of the off weekend, the women recorded their highest ranking since last November when the Ruth Senior-led Lobos checked in at 11th on Nov. 15, 2011.

New Mexico also are ranked second in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region ranking released Monday. The Lobos have occupied the second slot for six straight weeks, dating back to the preseason edition.

The Lobos' men squad was also ranked in the national poll, as they were tabbed 12th. This makes UNM one of only eight Division I institutions with both their men and women teams ranked in the top 20, joining Arkansas, Duke, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Stanford and Texas.

New Mexico will return to action on Oct. 26 as they head to the MW Cross Country Championships hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev.