BOULDER -- The big question hanging over Colorado's men's and women's cross country teams this season is one members of both teams know, but one that so far hasn't been formally discussed.

Can these two teams again sweep both NCAA titles?

The last to do it was Colorado in 2004, both under current coach Mark Wetmore.

"You'd be surprised how little we talk about that," Wetmore said after a race under an overcast sky and the first hint of fall temperatures. "I don't have any pep talks or rah-rah speeches in me. They know what's on the line. They know the kind of work it takes, and they know rah-rah stuff lasts 20 or 30 seconds and then there's 24 minutes (of racing) to go. They look into each other's eyes in early July, make an agreement and go to work."

Wetmore is at liberty to say that with both teams, who are now both older and wiser than they were a year ago. Both he and coach Heather Burroughs tell them in practice that they are among the best teams -- and perhaps the best combined -- they've ever seen at CU.

Saturday's 30th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout -- the team's lone home meet this season -- showed the pieces are there, even if the day was mostly for knocking away cobwebs after a long summer of training. The men are ranked No. 1 in the country in the latest coaches poll, and the women are ranked second behind New Mexico.

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