May 17, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M. --- If a wheel is round and it rolls, there probably isn't a real need to reinvent it. With that analogy in mind, the 2010 cross country season was a major success for the New Mexico Lobos, so why mess with a good thing? Joe Franklin apparently won't be messing with it, as he has released his 2011 schedule for his defending Mountain Regional championship cross country teams, and the schedule looks a lot like his 2010 schedule, which worked well for the Lobos.
The schedule features a meet every other week, starting on September 3 and ending with the NCAA National Championships on November 22 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The opening highlight of the schedule as always is the Lobo College & High School Cross Country Invitational, held at the UNM golf course. That meet serves as host to over 1,000 runners.
The schedule from there mirrors the 2010 schedule, with trips to the Kachina Cross Country Classic at New Mexico State, and the Adidas Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend. The only change in the schedule is the fourth meet of the season, which is the University of Wisconsin Invitational on October 15 in Madison. That meet replaces the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota.
The Mountain West Championships are being hosted by TCU in their final year in the conference, and that will take place October 29, followed by the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships, hosted by follow MWC member Colorado State on November 13.
Head coach Joe Franklin, who has won MWC Coach of the Year Awards in both sports in each of the last years, feels he has a scheduling formula that works for his squad.
"We will use the same formula in 2011 that helped us qualify both teams to NCAA's in 2009 and 2010. We will run several high powered meets at Wisconsin and at Pre-NCAA's during the regular season to earn at-large qualifying points, then prepare for the important championship meets in late October and early November," said Franklin. "The 2011 schedule should help us develop the type of toughness that is needed to compete at the highest levels of NCAA competition."