Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Huskies move up slightly in latest USTFCCCA national poll...

NEW ORLEANS--The University of Washington cross country teams moved up slightly in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA) poll released Tuesday by the organization.

Coming off a solid performance at last Saturday's Washington Invitational at Jefferson Park Golf Course, where the Washington men finished sixth and the women third, the Dawgs moved up three spots to #25 in the men's poll, and one spot to #14 in the women's poll.

The national top five men's teams are Colorado, Oregon, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma State and Portland.  

Northern Arizona won the Washington Invitational, while Portland finished ninth, despite sitting several of their top runners Saturday.

One of the biggest moves in the national poll came from the Bruins of UCLA, whose performance at the Washington Invitational nearly resulted in an upset of Northern Arizona.  The Bruins moved up 11 spots from their previous ranking of #20 to #9.

The other nationally ranked team from the Pac 12 is Stanford at #7.

The top five women's teams in the current poll are Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Georgetown, and Arkansas.

Other Pac 12 teams ranked in the national top 30 include #6 Stanford, #7 Colorado, and #25 Arizona State.

Washington State's men's team, which won the Stanford Invitational, did not receive any votes in the latest poll.

In other news from the USTFCCCA, Villanova's Patrick Tiernan was selected as the Division I athlete of the week after winning the Washington Invitational by 20 seconds.

Tiernan and Northern Arizona's Futsum Zienasellassie (4th at NCAAs last fall) and Matt McElroy were together through 5000 meters before the Aussie sophomore made his decisive move. 

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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