The Wyoming Cowboy cross country team is ranked No. 16 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) preseason coaches’ poll. This is the first time in program history the Cowboys have been ranked in the preseason poll.

Wyoming is also the highest-ranked Mountain West team in the preseason poll, edging Colorado State (No. 17), Air Force (No. 27) and Boise State (No. 30).

“It’s great for these guys to get some acknowledgment in the preseason polls,” head coach Scott Dahlberg said in a statement. “Our goals are to continue from last year, keep progressing and hopefully finish higher than last year. With that being said, we have to keep a similar identity, and we need to stay in the process and make sure we’re not resting on our laurels, but also stay hungry. Right now, I think this is a good place to be.”

The Cowboys return four of their top five finishers from last year’s national championships, where the squad placed 12th. The four returners include 2018 Mountain West individual champion Paul Roberts, as well as all-region performers Christopher Henry and Harry Ewing. Daniel Hintz brings back national championship meet experience to the Cowboys, as well.

In other non-official preseason polls, the Cowboys were ranked 13th by The Stride Report and 20th by FloTrack.

The Wyoming cross country teams kick off the 2019 season at the Wyoming Invite in Cheyenne on Friday, Sept. 6 at the Little America Golf Course.

Source: GoWyo.com