XC: Cross country squads brace for WAC Championships

Virgilio Martinez leads the Mavericks into the WAC Championships this weekend.

Oct. 23, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men's and women's cross country teams have both been predicted to finish fifth at the Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships this Saturday in Ruston, La., according to a vote by the league's head coaches.

The men, currently the highest regionally-rated team in the conference (No. 8 in the South Central Regional Rankings), were picked behind Utah State (No. 14 in Mountain Region), New Mexico State (No. 15 in Mountain) and unranked Seattle and Idaho.

The Mavericks, who garnered one first-place vote and 48 total points, and UTSA (No. 11 in South Central) rounded out the top six.

On the women's side, the Mavericks (No. 14 in South Central) received 44 points to wind up fifth in the balloting. Unranked Idaho topped the list, followed by New Mexico State (No. 10 in Mountain), Utah State (No. 12 in Mountain) and UTSA (No. 7 in South Central).

"We're excited about our opportunity to compete on Saturday," head coach John Sauerhage said. "I believe that our men's and women's teams are primed to run their best races of the season. What that means in terms of our place in the standings, we will find out on Saturday morning, but we are eager to run."

Last month, the UTA squads swept the Louisiana Tech Mook 4 team titles on the same course, Lincoln Parish Park.

The women's race is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, while the men will race at 10 a.m.

Men's Cross Country Pre-Championship Poll
1. Utah State (4) 65
2. New Mexico State (2) 60
3. Seattle (2) 58
4. Idaho 50
5. UT Arlington (1) 48
6. UTSA 42
7. San Jose State 26
8. Texas State 24
9. Louisiana Tech 19

Women's Cross Country Pre-Championship Poll
1. Idaho (6) 68
2. New Mexico State (2) 65
3. Utah State 55
4. UTSA (1) 53
5. UT Arlington 44
6. Seattle 40
7. San Jose State 29
8. Texas State 25
9. Louisiana Tech 17




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