Monday, November 18, 2013

Washington drops to #20 in final USTFCCCA regular season poll as top spots shuffle...

With championship Saturday a few days away, the USTFCCCA released its final Division I regular season rankings Monday.

Some shuffling occurred in the top spots for both men and women, as Northern Arizona University, which has Spokane's Nathan Weitz (left/photo by Mike Scott) on its squad, moved to the number one spot after beating previous #1 Colorado in the Mountain region championship on Friday.

Occupying the #2 position is defending national champ Oklahoma State, coached by former Olympia prep standout Dave Smith, while Colorado drops to #3.

West region champ Stanford moves to #4, while Oregon goes to #5 to round out the Pac-12's representation in the national top 30.

The University of Portland is the only other team from the West region represented in the national rankings, as the Pilots are #11.

On the women's side, Providence reclaimed the national #1 spot after a convincing win at the Northeast regionals, while previous #1 Arizona dropped to #2 by a slim one-point margin.

Arkansas, Florida State, and Colorado round out the top five women's teams.

From the Pac-12, Stanford is ranked #12, and Oregon is ranked #17, while the University of Washington tumbled all the way down to #20 after their fifth place finish in the West regionals last week.

The Dons of San Francisco, who finished fourth in the West regionals, are ahead of the Huskies in the national poll at #19.


Puget Sound's Kathryn Flyte, who finished fifth, along with Whitman's Skye Pauly, who placed 11th in the NCAA West regionals in Claremont, California, were chosen by the NCAA Division III Track & Field Committee to compete in Saturday's NCAA D3 cross country championships in Hanover, Indiana as at large-competitiors.

However, Whitworth's women's team, which placed third in the West regional meet, were not selected by the committee as an at-large squad to run in the national championship meet.

The NCAA will provide live streaming video of all three national championship races Saturday via

NOTE:  The NCAA and the USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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