ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Coach Joe Franklin and the Lobo men’s and women’s cross country teams have put the University of New Mexico on the 2013-14 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup map.
Thanks to the UNM cross country women’s 10th-place finish and the men’s 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, the Lobos are in ninth place overall in the first Director’s Cup Fall Standings.
The standings include results from men’s and women’s cross country and women’s field hockey
New Mexico has 133.50 points, earning 67.5 from the women’s cross country finish and 66 from the men’s finish, and trail Division I leader Colorado by 38.50 points. The Lobos are the highest Mountain West team in the standings, leading Air Force (No. 31 overall) by 51.50 points.
UNM’s performances marked the first time in school history that both programs finished in the top 12 at an NCAA Cross Country championship meet.
Sammy Silva finished 12th and Charlotte Arter 18th, marking just the second time that the women’s team had multiple All-America performances. Luke Caldwell earned All-America honors for the second time with his 11th-place effort on the men’s side.
Colorado State (48.00 points, 49th place) and Boise State (27.00 points, 61st place) are the only other MW schools in the standings that include 74 schools that have earned points.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
The next Division I fall standings will be released Dec. 19.