Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dawgs up to number two in latest USTFCCCA poll...

The University of Washington women's cross country team has moved up a spot to the number two position in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll released on Tuesday.

Oregon, which opens up their season Saturday at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, remains number one in the polls, garnering 11 first-place votes.

The Huskies swept the Sundodger Invite two weeks ago with an impressive performance. Running without top performer Katie Follett, freshman Kendra Schaaf, the reigning Canadian Junior National Cross Country Champion, became the first woman to break 20-minutes at the course.

Florida State fell one spot this week to No. 3 as they finished fourth overall at the FSU Invitational this past weekend.

Minnesota follows the Seminoles at No. 4 in the poll following a great performance by their women. The Golden Gophers defended their 2007 Roy Griak team title again in 2008.

Rounding out the top five this week is fifth-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal hosted their own invitational over the weekend, winning with 43 team points. Stanford was led by standout freshman Laurynne Chetelat who finished fourth overall.

In Division II, Seattle Pacific dropped to seventh in the latest poll, while Western Washington's women's squad entered the top 25 for the first time this season with their #20 ranking.

On the men's side, Western Washington dropped to #16 in the current poll.

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