Menís Harriers Ranked 17th in Preseason USTFCCCA National Poll
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/26/2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico men's cross country team debuted at No. 17 in the preseason National Coaches Poll, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday.

The men opened their campaign ranked in the USTFCCCA preseason poll for the seventh consecutive year and are the highest ranked Mountain West institution.

“It’s a great honor to be considered one of the top teams in the country,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “The men work very hard and to garner notice from other coaches in the country is humbling.”

Led by returning All-Mountain West runners Adam Bitchell and Elmar Engholm, among others,  the men claimed their highest preseason rank since 2010, when they were tabbed 14th.

The Lobo men have been ranked in 18 consecutive polls dating back to the final rankings of the 2011 season.

The men’s team, which finished 11th at the 2013 NCAA Championships, also claimed fourth in the men’s version of the USTFCCCA Mountain Region’s preseason rankings released Monday.

New Mexico’s women’s squad was also ranked in the national poll, as they were ranked 11th. This makes UNM one of only 10 Division I institutions with both their men and women teams ranked in the top 20, joining Arkansas, Colorado, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Providence, Stanford, Syracuse, Villanova, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Both teams will make their season debuts next weekend, Sept. 6, in Albuquerque at the Lobo Invitational.