Tuesday, November 15, 2016

UW & WSU drop slightly in final USTFCCCA coaches poll...

NEW ORLEANS—In advance of Saturday’s NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, the USTFCCCA released on Monday its final regular season rankings.

The University of Washington women’s team (above/photo by Paul Merca) dropped to #7 after finishing second to Stanford at the NCAA West Regionals in Sacramento on November 11th. The Cardinal, who previously occupied the #7 spot, moved to #4, the spot previously occupied by the Huskies.

The nation’s top five teams include Pac-12 champ Colorado at #1, NC State at 2, followed by Providence, Stanford, and Michigan.

Other Pac-12 schools ranked include #12 Oregon, #27 Utah, and #30 UCLA.

On the men’s side, Washington State dropped two spots to #17 in the final regular season poll.

The nation’s top five teams include #1 Northern Arizona, followed by Colorado, BYU, Stanford, and Syracuse.

Other ranked Pac-12 schools include #8 UCLA, and #10 Oregon.


In addition to the Washington State men & Washington women, several athletes with Washington ties will run in Saturday’s NCAA championship race in Terre Haute.

Those athletes include Portland’s Nick Hauger (left/photo courtesy University of Portland), a sophomore from Spokane’s Shadle Park HS, who led the Pilots with his sixth place finish at the NCAA West Regionals; Gig Harbor’s Brenna Peloquin of Boise State; Eastern Washington's Sarah Reiter; Oregon’s Tanner Anderson from Spokane’s North Central HS; Miller Haller of Boise State from Edmonds/Woodway HS; Riley Campbell of Boise State from Tahoma HS in Maple Valley; Mt. Spokane grad John Dressel of #2 ranked Colorado: and Nathan Weitz of Spokane’s Shadle Park HS, who runs for #1 ranked Northern Arizona.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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