LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University cross country team will head to Moscow, Idaho this weekend for the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
The NM State women are looking to repeat as WAC Champions while the men are looking to improve upon their fourth place finish from a year ago.
"I would like the women to repeat, which they are capable of," assistant coach Paul Harkins said. "The men are capable of being a top three team."
The WAC announced its pre-championship poll this week and the Aggie women were picked to finish second behind the University of Idaho while the men were picked to finish fifth.
"I think it will help the women being picked to finish second, there's no added pressure of repeating while being the underdog," assistant coach Meaghan Harkins said. " I expect the men to come out fighting after being picked to finish fifth, and I think they will surprise some people."
The men's and women's teams will travel with nine runners. The women's squad will include junior transfer Madelyn Stoltze from Moorpark College in Moorpark, Calif.
"Madelyn has only ran in two meets this year and I expect her to finish in our top five," Meaghan Harkins said. "She's like our hidden weapon."
In addition to Stoltze helping the women's squad, coach Paul Harkins expects the men to finish better than its fifth place pick by the WAC coaches. "I expect ferocious efforts from the men," Paul Harkins said.
The WAC Championships are this Saturday, Oct. 30, in Moscow, Idaho. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (MT) with the women's 5k, and the men's 8K will follow at 11:45 a.m. (MT).