Broncos Picked Second, Fifth in WAC Pre-Championship Cross Country Poll

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's and women's cross country teams were picked second and fifth, respectively, in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference pre-championship coaches' polls as voted on by the nine head coaches in the league. Utah State was selected as the favorite to win the men's championship, while Idaho was picked to win the women's title.

Both the Bronco men and women are predicated to improve from their 2009 WAC championship results, according to the coaches' poll. The Bronco men finished in third at the 2009 championships and moved up one spot in this season's predictions. The Bronco women finished sixth at last year's meet, improving one spot this season in the predictions.

Utah State, the winner of the past five 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 31 points and one first-place vote. Fresno State claimed the third spot with 23 points. With 22 points, Idaho was voted fourth. New Mexico State (20) and San Jose State (10) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Louisiana Tech received seven points to finish seventh.

On the women's side, Idaho was selected first with six first-place votes and 62 overall points. 2009 champion New Mexico State followed closely in second with two first-place votes for 57 points. With 52 points, Utah State was picked to finish third. Fresno State received 40 points to capture the fourth spot, while Boise State was ranked fifth with 37 points. Nevada was selected sixth with 33 points, followed by Hawai'i in seventh with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Louisiana Tech (8) were picked to finish eighth and ninth, respectively.

The 2010 Western Athletic Conference cross country championships will take place at in Moscow, Idaho on Saturday, Oct. 30.

2010 Pre-Championship Men's Cross Country Coaches Poll

Rank Teams (1st Place Votes) Points

1. Utah State (6) 36

2. Boise State (1) 31

3. Fresno State 23

4. Idaho 22

5. New Mexico State 20

6. San Jose State 10

7. Louisiana Tech 7

2010 Pre-Championship Women's Cross Country Coaches Poll

Rank Teams (1st Place Votes) Points

1. Idaho (6) 62

2. New Mexico State (2) 57

3. Utah State (1) 52

4. Fresno State 40

5. Boise State 37

6. Nevada 33

7. Hawai'i 22

8. San Jose State 18

9. Louisiana Tech 8

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