Air Force Men Picked Third in MWC Preseason Coaches' Poll


    Aug. 23, 2010

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force men's and women's cross country teams were projected to finish third and fifth, respectively, in the Mountain West Conference, the league office announced this afternoon (Aug. 23) with the release of the annual preseason coaches' poll. The men finished just one point shy of second, and just five points out of first.

    The men collected 19 points to take third, matching its preseason ranking during each of the last two years. With four of the six first-place votes, BYU claimed first in the preseason poll with 24 total points. New Mexico, the defending conference champion, was picked second with two first-place votes and 20 total points. Air Force was just one point shy (19) for third, while Colorado State claimed 13 points to rank fourth. TCU (eight points) and Wyoming (six) rounded out the men's field.

    On the women's side, Air Force collected 34 points to place fifth in the preseason poll. BYU claimed five of the nine first-place votes and 61 total points to finish first; edging out reigning conference champion New Mexico, who earned four first-place votes and 58 total points. Colorado State (50 points) and Utah (37) finished third and fourth, respectively, while Air Force rounded out the top five. TCU was picked to finish sixth with 29 points, while Wyoming was ranked seventh with 26. UNLV (20) and San Diego State (nine) rounded out the standings in the women's poll.

    The preseason coaches' poll was determined by the head coaches of every Mountain West Conference team (six men's coaches, nine women's coaches), with the coach not being allowed to vote for their own team.

    The Falcons, under the direction of second-year head coach Juli Benson, begin the 2010 season on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the UCCS Rust Buster Invitational in Colorado Springs.



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