NEW ORLEANS—The University of Washington men’s and women’s cross country teams are both ranked in the national top 30 in the first United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released Tuesday by the organization.
In the women’s poll, the Huskies (left/photo from UW/SU Open by Paul Merca) are ranked #14, while in the men’s poll, the Dawgs are ranked #21.
The national women’s top ten, in order are: New Mexico, Iowa State, Colorado, Michigan State, Georgetown, Stanford, Oregon, Providence, Arkansas & Wisconsin.
Cal at #30 is the only other Pac-12 school ranked in the national poll.
The men’s national top ten, in order, are: Colorado, Stanford, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Villanova, Oregon, Iona, Virginia, and Indiana.
Other Pac-12 schools in the national top 30 include UCLA at 13, Arizona State at 23, and Cal and 29.
Washington returns from its pre-season training camp at Seabrook on the Washington coast to compete in the Sundodger Invitational Saturday at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.
JESHUA ANDERSON RETURNS TO THE NORTHWEST
On his Instagram account, Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson (above, with Mark Macdonald/photo by Paul Merca) posted a video of himself going on a five mile run, stating, “Long Road to #Rio but I'm excited for the journey and the hard work I'll put in to get there! #RoadToRio #GoCougs #5milerun @markmacdonald247”
With that, Anderson is officially back training in the Pacific Northwest, and that he is reuniting with former Washington State hurdles coach Mark Macdonald, who was a key component in Anderson winning three NCAA 400 hurdles titles, along with the 2011 USA national crown. Anderson confirmed that in a message to paulmerca.blogspot.com
According to Anderson, he will be splitting his time between Seattle and Tacoma as he prepares for the 2016 US Olympic Trials.
For the last several years, Anderson has trained in the Phoenix area at ALTIS, formerly the World Athletics Center.
Macdonald is currently out of coaching at the collegiate level, after a short stint at Oregon State following his time at WSU.