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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s and women’s cross country teams were selected as the favorites to win their respective 2013 Mountain West titles as voted by the league’s coaches last week.
The vote marks the third straight year both teams were picked to sweep the conference championships.
The women’s squad has won five consecutive conference titles, while the men have won four years in a row.
UNM’s men’s squad seized the top spot in the preseason poll by earning 49 points and seven of the eight first-place votes. The men return their entire conference lineup, including MW Athlete of the Year Luke Caldwell, and add a bevy of new talent.
Air Force scored the final first-place vote and 42 total points to place second, while Boise State and Colorado State registered 34 total points apiece en route to sharing third.
Utah State (24 points), Wyoming (20), Fresno State (13) and San José State (9) rounded out the nine-team poll.
On the women’s side, the Lobos captured 10 of the 11 first-place votes and 100 points total to earn the top position in the women’s poll.
The Lobo women had more turnover in their roster than the men, but will feature, among others, three runners from the 2012 team that finished 10th at the NCAA Championships.
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