Cross Country Ranked Again Heading into NCAA Regionals

Oct. 30, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico men's and women's cross country teams remained ranked in the most recent edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings released Tuesday. The men check in at 16th in the nation, while the women are tabbed at 17th.

After sweeping the conference team titles for the fourth straight year at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships last weekend, New Mexico — the lone MW institution ranked — continue their stay in the national polls.

"It is a great honor going into the NCAA Championships," New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said Tuesday.

With the NCAA Regional Championships next month, the Lobos look to be in good shape if the rankings are any indication. New Mexico is just one of five Division I institutions with both their men and women teams ranked in the top 20, along with Arkansas, Michigan, Oregon, and Stanford.

The Lobos are also the only non-BSC school with both teams ranked throughout the entire regular season, spanning six weeks from Sept. 11 to Tuesday.

Both New Mexico squads also rank in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region ranking released Monday, with the women at second and the men at third.

The Lobos will put those regional ranks to the test in two weeks at the Mountain Region Championship on Nov. 9 in Fort Collins, Colo.