Oct. 30, 2009
RUSTON, La. -
The Louisiana Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams head to Reno, Nev. this weekend with both teams set to compete in the Western Athletic Conference Championships Saturday morning.
The men’s 8k race is set to begin at 10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. CT while the women’s 5k race will begin at 10:45 a.m. MT/9:45 a.m. CT. Both races will be ran at Washoe County (Nev.) Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno.
Louisiana Tech enters this year’s championship after taking the past two weeks off in preparation ... at Tech’s last meet, Josh Slocum paced Louisiana Tech with a time of 27:37 and a 26th place finish as the Bulldogs placed eighth at the Watson Ford Invitational at the Choctaw Trails on the campus of Mississippi College Saturday ... Slocum’s time gave him the top Bulldog time for the third time in four races this season and is his second-best 8k time of the season ... Matt Wolfe, placing second among the Bulldog runners, finished 38th overall with a time of 28:10 ... Jack Ramstad placed 40th at the meet with a time of 28:13 with Kyle Davis placing 46th and Jermaine Morris finishing 50th.
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. 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. Admission is free.