Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Washington women ranked #15 in latest USTFCCCA coaches poll, while men drop out of top 30...

Washington cross country All-American Maddie Meyers
was second at the Sundodger Invitational on September 19th
(Paul Merca photo)
NEW ORLEANS—The Washington Husky women’s cross country team, who were idle last weekend, dropped one spot to number 15 in the latest USTFCCCA national coaches poll, released by the organization Tuesday.

New Mexico remains the country’s #1 women’s team, followed by Colorado, Providence, Stanford, and Oregon.

The only other Pac-12 teams ranked in the Division I top 30 is Cal at 30.

On the men’s side, the Huskies dropped out of the national top 30 from the previous poll, where they were ranked #28 after losing the Sundodger Invitational for the second year in a row to Washington State.

The country’s top five men’s teams are Colorado, Stanford, Syracuse, Wisconsin, and Oregon.

Other Pac-12 schools ranked include #11 UCLA, #18 Arizona State, and #25 Cal.

The Huskies host the Washington Invitational Friday at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Beacon Hill, with the men’s race featuring #5 Oregon, #11 UCLA, #12 BYU, and a revamped University of Portland team that was third at the NCAA meet last year

Portland could have Gig Harbor HS frosh Conner Peloquin, the surprise winner of the Sundodger open meet available, though coach Rob Conner indicated at the Sundodger meet that he planned to redshirt Peloquin this season.

On the women’s side, the two nationally ranked teams confirmed to face the #15 Huskies for the Washington Invitational are #5 Oregon and #23 BYU.

All five Washington Division I schools will be in attendance at the Washington Invitational, which starts at 3:15 with the women’s 6k and 4pm for the men’s 8k.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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