Mark Wetmore's men's cross country team is getting the respect you would expect the defending national champions to receive.

In a unanimous vote, the CU men's team was named No. 1 in the USTFCCCA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Buffs received all 12 first-place votes (360 points) in the poll.

Picking the Buffs No. 1 appears an easy choice as they return all seven athletes from their title team and add senior Jake Hurysz, a 2012 All-American that redshirted in 2013.

Hurysz is joined by fellow All-Americans seniors Morgan Pearson and Blake Theroux, junior Pierce Murphy and sophomore Ben Saarel.

This is the first time since 2009 (Oregon) that the preseason No. 1 team was a unanimous choice. Behind the Buffs this year are Northern Arizona (339) and Oregon (336). Oklahoma State (319) and Stanford (307) round out the top 5.

The CU women's team was picked eighth to start the season after a seventh-place finish at NCAAs in 2013. Michigan is the preseason No. 1 with 342 points. Pac-12 Conference foes Oregon (330 points, second) and Stanford (314, fourth) are ahead of the Buffs (277 points) in the women's poll.

Colorado opens the cross country season Saturday with the time trial on CU's South Campus at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course. The women's 5.8K race is at 8:30 a.m. and the men's 8K will follow at 9:15 a.m. Parking and admission are free.



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