Nov. 3, 2009
The Mountain West Conference champion New Mexico men climbed seven spots to No. 12 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll. It's the highest national ranking in program history. The previous best for the Lobo men was No. 14 to open the 1989 season. The UNM women maintained their No. 20 ranking after capturing their second straight MWC crown over the weekend.
The previously 19th-ranked New Mexico men knocked off seventh-ranked hosts BYU, 29-34, while the women cruised past the 21st-ranked Cougars, 24-45, at the Oct. 31 MWC Championships in Orem, Utah. It was the men's sixth conference cross country title, but first since 1988 (Western Athletic Conference).
The UNM women debuted at No. 22 in the preseason poll, while the men's team opened at No. 26 in the preseason. The 2008 season marked the first time in school history that both the men's and women's cross country teams were ranked among the nation's top-30 in the same season.
New Mexico returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 14 when they host the NCAA Mountain Region Championships starting at 10:45 a.m. at the UNM North Golf Course. Annually one of the premier regional fields in collegiate cross country, the Mountain Region currently boasts four nationally ranked teams on both the men's and women's sides. All four ranked men's teams are among the top-15 in the nation, while the women's field will include a pair of top-10 teams.
The top two finishing teams at each regional championship automatically advance to the NCAA Championships (Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.) with usually the next two to three teams in the standings eligible for at-large bids.
New Mexico In The 2009 USTFCCCA RankingsPreseason (Sept. 15): Women - No. 22, Men - No. 26
Week 1 (Sept. 29): Women - No. 25, Men - No. 24
Week 2 (Oct. 6): Women - No. 21, Men - No. 21
Week 3 (Oct. 13): Women - No. 21, Men - No. 21
Week 4 (Oct. 20): Women - No. 20, Men - No. 19
Week 5 (Nov. 3): Women - No. 20, Men - No. 12