MADISON, Wis., Sporting Alert – No. 1 New Mexico leads a very loaded women’s field for the Wisconsin adidas Cross Country Invitational on Friday, while the second-ranked Syracuse heads the men’s field.
NEW MEXICO READY TO GO
The Lobos, who have raced in just one competitive scoring meeting so far this season, will head to Madison, Wis., looking to test its credentials against some of the nation’s best women’s programs ahead of the national championships next month.
“If you can go into the meet and place in the top 15, you have a shot to get done what you need to to get to the national championships,” head coach Joe Franklin said on the school’s official athletics website.
“They’re very capable of that. They’re training very well.”
Four other top 10 programs will lineup against the top-ranked New Mexico side in the battle for the women’s 6k team crown.
No. 3 Providence, No. 6 Boise State, No. 8 Iowa State and No. 10 Washington will be hoping to spring a surprise on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.
The lineup will also see every team from No. 11 through No. 25, which include the likes of No. 11 Arkansas, No. 12 NC State, No. 13 Michigan State and No. 14 Wisconsin – facing the starter’s gun.
New Mexico finished sixth behind the champion Michigan State last year.
The Lobos packed in well on its way to winning at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational two-weeks-ago, and Franklin wants his squad to repeat that same race strategy on Friday.
“The expectation is run with each other,” Franklin said. “Don’t worry about what’s going on around you.
“Don’t worry about any peripherals. Just run with each and do what they do every day.”
On the men’s side, the No. 2 ranked Syracuse leads six top 10 teams hunting the 8k team title.
The other top 10 programs on the list are No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Iona, No. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 BYU.
The Orange raced away with last season’s team crown after scoring 85 points to dominate the event.
Wisconsin adidas XC Invitational
Women (6K): 11:00 a.m.
Men (8K): 11:45 a.m.
Women (6K): 12:30 p.m.
Men (8K): 1:10 p.m.
Photo by New Mexico Athletics