The 2013 Mountain West Cross Country Championships are expected to be filled with much excitement and could be one of the most competitive conference championships in recent years.
Starting with the men, New Mexico is the favorite and the pick to take home the Mountain West title. The Lobos are ranked number nine nationally and the men have won the last four conference championships. Just behind the Lobos are the Rams of Colorado State. The 22nd ranked Rams were picked second in the conference and are expected to give New Mexico their biggest challenge.
The Broncos were picked third by the coaches and are currently 20th in the nation. Boise State is looking to bring a team title back home, led by senior Allen Schroeder and junior Aaron Back.
Moving on to the women New Mexico is yet again expected to come away with the conference crown. Like their counterparts, the women have been dominant in the conference over the last several years by winning the last five conference championships. New Mexico is currently ranked ninth in the nation and are one of the top teams in the country.
Looking to end the reign of the Lobos are the Broncos. They were picked to finish second in the championships and have had a great season so far. They are led by a pair of juniors, Emma Bates and Marisa Howard. Bates just recently won the 2013 Pre-National Title and Howard had a third place finish in last year’s conference championships. Both Bates and Howard are favorites to come away with individual titles for the Broncos.
“Everyone is running faster than they ever have before,” Bates said. “We have just such a great attitude, positivity and just everything is going really well.”
The Broncos are also expecting to get performances from other members of their team such as senior Erin
“We know it’s going to take a great a day from our team to do it,” McLaughlin said. “But I think we are talented enough to do it”
“Both groups have done a great job so far,” head coach Corey Ihmels said. “Exceeded expectations on a lot of levels.”
The men’s and women’s cross country Mountain West Conference Championships officially get under way on Nov. 1. The men get going at 10 a.m. while the women start at 10:45 a.m. The championships are being held at the Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower Blue Course.