Lobo Cross Country Teams Picked to Finish Second in MWC Coaches Polls
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/24/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 24, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico men's and women's cross country teams were picked to finish second in the 2010 Mountain West Conference Preseason Cross Country Coaches polls on Monday. Both Lobo teams will be defending their 2010 MWC championships. The women's team earned 58 points and received four first-place votes, and trails preseason favorite BYU by only three points. The Lobo men picked up 20 points and received two first-place votes, finishing four points behind the Cougars of BYU.

Joe Franklin is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Lobos and is coming off of a year in which he won MWC Coach of the Year for both the men's and women's teams. He believes the team he has this season is the best he has ever had, not only at UNM, but during his entire coaching tenure.

"Our goal every year is to compete, and give whoever is at the top a race," said Franklin. "BYU is one of the best teams out there and they're the hands down favorite this year. It is our goal and motivation to stay on their heels and give them competition."

After sweeping both men's and women's championships last season, Franklin's expectations are high and he has no doubt the teams can fulfill them.

The season is set to kick off on Saturday, Sept. 4 with the running of the 11th Lobo Invitational, held at the UNM North Golf Course. In addition to the collegiate races, the event will include interscholastic races, as well as a Community Fun Run.

The 2010 MWC Championships will be hosted by Wyoming at the Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie on Oct. 29.

2010 MWC Men's Cross Country Coaches Poll
Rank - Team - Points (1st place votes)
1. BYU - 24 (4)
2. New Mexico - 20 (2)
3. Air Force - 19
4. Colorado State - 13
5. TCU - 8
6. Wyoming - 6

2010 MWC Women's Cross Country Coaches Poll
Rank - Team - Points (1st place votes)
1. BYU - 61 (5)
2. New Mexico - 58 (4)
3. Colorado State - 50
4. Utah - 37
5. Air Force - 34
6. TCU - 29
7. Wyoming - 26
8. UNLV - 20
9. San Diego State - 9