Men's Cross Country Ranked 25th in Latest National Poll
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/08/2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico men's cross country team claimed the rank of 25th in the most recent edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings released Tuesday.

The men remained in the national polls for the fifth straight week, staying in the top 25 as one of three ranked Mountain West institutions.

The Lobos placed sixth at the highly competitive Notre Dame Invitational over the weekend, as Luke Caldwell raced to a runner-up finish.

Caldwell, who earned MW Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for his performance, paced the men at Notre Dame. Patrick Zacharias and Adam Bitchell also helped the Lobos to sixth in the team standings, with Zacharias finishing 28th (24:56.4) and Bitchell 29th (24:59.1).

New Mexico has held steady in the polls throughout the season, reaching a season-high rank of 17th back in September.

However, the Lobo men are one of three MW teams in the polls, joining No. 15 Colorado State and No. 19 Boise State. This is the first time the MW has put three teams in top-25 since Oct. 3, 2005, when BYU ranked fourth , Air Force 26th and Colorado State 30th.

The men also occupy the fifth spot in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region ranking released Monday. This is the second straight week the Lobos were ranked fifth in the regional rankings.

New Mexico’s women’s squad was also ranked in the national poll, as they were ranked seventh. This makes UNM one of only 10 Division I institutions with both their men and women teams ranked in the top 25, joining Arkansas, Colorado, Georgetown, Minnesota, Oregon, Princeton, Providence, Oklahoma State and Villanova.

New Mexico will return to action on Oct. 18 as they head to the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis.