* University of Wyoming press release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of Wyoming Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams were picked to finish fifth in the Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll as voted on by the league's coaches and released by the conference on Thursday, Aug. 24.

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Following last year's performance at the Mountain West Championships, in which both Pokes teams turned in fourth-place finishes, Wyoming returns four of the top five finishers for both the men and women heading into this season.

Colorado State Women's and Air Force Men's Cross Country teams were named preseason favorites to win the 2023 Mountain West titles, as voted on by the league's head coaches. The Rams received 97 points and seven first-place votes, while the Falcons garnered 63 points and seven first-place votes.

On the women's side, New Mexico was picked to finish second after earning 88 points and three first-place votes. Colorado State was selected second in the men's poll after receiving two first-place votes and 56 points.

Rounding out the cross country poll on the women's side Utah State was selected third with 83 points and the final first-place vote. Boise State in fourth (72 points), Wyoming in fifth (63 points), Air Force in sixth (62 points) and Nevada in seventh (45 points). Following the Wolf Pack is Fresno State in eighth (29 points), San Diego State in ninth (27 points), UNLV in 10th (26 points) followed by San José State in 11th (13 points).

On the men's side, Utah State finished third (47 points), while Boise State was picked fourth (44 points). The Broncos were followed by Wyoming in fifth (37 points). New Mexico was selected sixth (31 points), Nevada in seventh (23 points), San José State in eighth (12 points) and Fresno State in ninth (11 points).

Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll 

Rk. Team Points 

1. Air Force (7) 63

2. Colorado State (2) 56

3. Utah State 47

4. Boise State 44

5. Wyoming 37 

6. New Mexico 31

7. Nevada 23

8. San José State 12

9. Fresno State 11

Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll 

Rk. Team Points 

1. Colorado State (7) 97

2. New Mexico (3) 88

3. Utah State (1) 83

4. Boise State 72

5. Wyoming 63 

6. Air Force 62

7. Nevada 45

8. Fresno State 29

9. San Diego State 27

10. UNLV 26

11. San José State 13

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will begin their season with the 2023 Wyoming Invite to be held in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Sept. 2nd at 9am.

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