Sept. 8, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Air Force and BYU's men's cross country teams were selected as Mountain West Conference Men's Cross Country preseason co-champions, while the BYU women are favored to win their seventh consecutive MWC crown in a vote by the league's coaches released today.
Air Force and BYU collected three first place votes and 23 total points apiece to capture the top spot in the men's poll, while Colorado State totaled 19 points for the third place nod. TCU claimed fourth place with 11 points, followed by New Mexico (nine points) in fifth and Wyoming sixth (seven points).
For the sixth straight season, the BYU women's team received all possible first place votes (eight) and gathered a perfect score of 64 to capture the top spot in the women's poll. Colorado State collected the other first place vote and was predicted to finish second with 56 points. Wyoming claimed the third spot with 45 points, followed by Air Force (40 points) in fourth and New Mexico (34 points) fifth. TCU was picked to finish sixth with 29 points, with Utah collecting 25 points to finish seventh. San Diego State (20) and UNLV (11) were picked eighth and ninth, respectively.
The BYU men collected their fifth conference crown in six years in 2004, while the BYU women won their sixth consecutive MWC title. The BYU and Air Force men's squads went on to finish fifth and 14th, respectively, at the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. The Cougar women garnered an eighth place finish at the NCAA Championship. The 2005 Air Force men's squad will be led by All-MWC second team members Nick Wilson and Mark Walter, while the BYU men will be led by 2004 All-American Josh Rohatinsky. Sophomores Heidi Magill and Julie Cameron-Meads, both 2004 all-conference honorees, will lead the BYU women's charge in 2005.