Sept. 30, 2008
Week 1 National Rankings
NEW ORLEANS - For the first time in school history the University of New Mexico men's and women's cross country teams are both ranked in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association top-30 poll, which was announced this afternoon. The women's team vaulted up to No. 18 - their first appearance in the national rankings since 1987 - following their impressive performance at Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 27. The men's team, meanwhile, maintained its top-30 status, checking in at No. 29.
The women of New Mexico sit atop the NCAA Mountain Region rankings for the first time in program history, while the men's team is fourth in the region. The Lobos are one of three Mountain West Conference teams ranked among the women's top-30, along with No. 17 Colorado State and 23rd-ranked BYU. New Mexico and No. 15 BYU are the lone MWC men's teams in the national rankings.
Oregon is the top-ranked team in both the men's and women's polls. The UO men are the defending national champions while the women were second at the NCAA Championships last year.
The UNM women rejoined the national rankings after a finishing third and knocking off No. 20 Duke at the Griak Invitational. The Lobos place their top four runners in the top-25 with seniors Michelle Corrigan and Carolyn Boosey finishing eighth and 10th, respectively.
New Mexico was ranked among the nation's top-20 for five consecutive years between 1983-87, climbing as high as 10th in the national poll in 1983.
The UNM men opened the season with an impressive performance at the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque on Sept. 6. While the meet was not officially scored, the Lobos dominated Conference USA favorite UTEP despite holding several starters out of the lineup.
A flu bug slowed the Lobos considerably at Minnesota, but New Mexico still finished sixth in the field of 25.
The men's and women's teams return to action on Friday afternoon against a loaded field at the Notre Dame Invitational. The team then has a week off before the Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
The voting panel for the USTFCCCA Division I Men's National Poll consists of the elected executive committee and regional representatives of the USTFCCCA and is conducted by Don Kopriva.