CSU cross country to begin 2018 season in Wyoming Friday

The Colorado State cross country team will start the 2018 season at the Wyoming Invite Friday. The women's 5k is scheduled to begin first at 6 p.m. MT. The men's 5k will follow directly after at 6:30 p.m. MT.

"This will be a good test for us," Colorado State cross country head coach Art Siemers said in a release. "This meet will be a piece to our training for when we go up against the best teams in the country at the Nuttycombe in a month."

The Wyoming Invite, which will take place at the Little America Golf Course in Cheyenne, Wyoming will feature stiff local competition for each of the Rams' teams. Opponents include Colorado (ranked No. 7 in men's cross country, No. 2 in women's cross country), Air Force (ranked No. 16 in men's cross country), Northern Colorado and host Wyoming.

"Colorado will probably run part of their team, and Air Force usually runs their whole team," Siemers said. "Wyoming is much improved and will have their whole squad out there. Given that, this meet will be a good measure of where we are on both the women's and men's sides, and then we'll build off of that."

The CSU men's team enters this season ranked No. 9 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA), and as the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West. On the women's side, Colorado State is receiving 11 points in USTFCCCA national polling.

PHOTO: Courtesy of CSU Athletics