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MWC Releases Preseason Poll

Aug. 20, 2007

LAS VEGAS - UNLV women's cross country was picked to finish ninth in the Mountain West Conference in a vote by the league's coaches released Monday.

This will be the second season for the Rebels under cross country head coach Tony Houchin and UNLV opens its season at the UC Irvine Invite on Sept. 8.

Defending league champion BYU received seven first-place votes and gathered a score of 63 to capture the top position in the women's poll. Colorado State collected the remaining two first-place votes and was selected to finish second with 55 points. New Mexico claimed the third spot with 44 points, followed by Wyoming (43 points) in fourth, and TCU (30 points) in fifth. Air Force and Utah tied for sixth with 26 points each, while San Diego State (24) and UNLV (13) were picked eighth and ninth, respectively.

UNLV will run in five regular-season meets before competing in the 2007 MWC Cross Country Championships, held in San Diego, Calif., on Oct. 27. The Rebels finished ninth at the 2006 MWC Cross Country Championships.

Mountain West Conference Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll (First place votes in parenthesis)

1. BYU (7)               63
2. Colorado State (2)    55
3. New Mexico            44
4. Wyoming               43
5. TCU                   30
6. Air Force             26
   Utah                  26
8. San Diego State       24
9. UNLV                  13



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