Boise State Men's Cross Country Picked to Finish Second, Women Picked Seventh in 2009 WAC Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls

DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference announced its men's and women's cross country pre-championship coaches' polls, as voted on by the nine head coaches in the league. Boise State's men's team was picked to finish second while the women were picked as seventh. Utah State was selected as the favorite to win the men's championship, while New Mexico State was picked to win the women's title.

Utah State, the winner of the past four men's WAC championships, was picked to win the men's title. The Aggies received six first-place votes and 36 points. Boise State captured second place with 27 points with one first place vote. Fresno State claimed the third spot with 26 points. With 18 points, Idaho was voted fourth. New Mexico State (17) and San Jose State (14) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Louisiana Tech received nine points to finish seventh.

On the women's side, New Mexico State was selected first with seven first-place votes and 58 overall points. 2008 champion Utah State followed closely in second with two first-place votes for 55 points. With 46 points, Idaho was picked to finish third. Nevada received 45 points to capture the
fourth spot, while Fresno State was ranked fifth with 37 points. Hawai'i was selected sixth with 31 points, followed by Boise State in seventh with 26 points. San Jose State (18) and Louisiana Tech (8) were picked to finish eighth and ninth, respectively.

The 2009 Western Athletic Conference cross country championships will take place at Washoe County's Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 31.

 2009 Pre-Championship Men's Cross Country Coaches Poll
 Rank   Teams (1st Place Votes)         Points
 1.     Utah State (6)                                 36
 2.     Boise State (1)                               27
 3.     Fresno State                                   26
 4.     Idaho                                               18
 5.     New Mexico State                          17
 6.     San Jose State                              14
 7.     Louisiana Tech                               9

 2009 Pre-Championship Women's Cross Country Coaches Poll
 Rank   Teams (1st Place Votes)         Points
 1.     New Mexico State (7)                    58
 2.     Utah State (2)                                 55
 3.     Idaho                                                46
 4.     Nevada                                            45
 5.     Fresno State                                   37
 6.     Hawai'i                                             31
 7.     Boise State                                     26
 8.     San Jose State                              18
 9.     Louisiana Tech                                8

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