Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Huskies move up one spot in USTFCCCA poll despite Sundodger loss; Cheadle D3 national athlete of the week...

NEW ORLEANS--Despite a surprising loss to in-state rival Washington State at the Sundodger Invitational last Saturday, the University of Washington men's team moved up one spot to #26 as the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association released its national rankings Tuesday.

On the women's side, the Huskies, who won the Sundodger Invite, dropped one spot in the national poll to #15.

The top five men's teams in the national polls were unchanged--Colorado, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Stanford.

Other Pac-12 men's teams in the national top 30 include UCLA at 23.

The top five women's squads in the poll also remain unchanged from the one released two weeks ago--Michigan, Oregon, Michigan State, Stanford, and Georgetown.

The only other Pac-12 team in the women's top 30 is Colorado at #7.

This is the final edition ahead of the September 26 date marking the beginning of the "countable season," during which results will count toward at-large consideration into the NCAA Championships.

The national Division II poll releases Wednesday.

On Monday, the USTFCCCA announced that Roosevelt HS/Seattle graduate Lucy Cheadle was the Division III national athlete of the week after winning the Wheaton (Ill.) Gil Dodds Invitational last Saturday.

Cheadle, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis,  won the 6k race in 21:03, crushing the field by almost a minute.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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