Thursday, February 2, 2017

Washington men's team moves up in latest USTFCCCA computer rankings; Cunliffe on Bowerman Watch list...

Some quick notes before we head to Bend, Oregon for Saturday’s USA Cross Country Championships, which is the selection meet for next month’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda:

Both University of Washington track teams remain in the USTFCCCA national top-25 computer rankings released earlier this week.

Thanks in part to Colby Gilbert’s (left/photo by Paul Merca) stellar 7:45.71 3000 meter run at last Saturday’s UW Invitational, the Husky men’s squad moved up five places to #20 in the latest computer rankings.

Gilbert’s run puts him at number one on the current NCAA Division I rankings at that distance, while fellow Husky Fred Huxham stands #22 in the national rankings after his 8:05.23 performance in the same race.

The nation’s top five men’s teams are Florida, Oregon, LSU, Arkansas, and Texas A&M.  

Other teams from the MPSF that are ranked include #8 USC, and #13 Stanford.

On the women’s side, the Huskies dropped two spots in the national computer rankings to #23.

The top five schools are Oregon, Arkansas, Georgia, USC & Florida.

The Huskies are the only other MPSF school ranked in the top 25.

Meanwhile, the USTFCCCA announced its February edition of the Bowerman Watch List, and Federal Way HS grad Hannah Cunliffe is on the initial list of ten women selected by the USTFCCCA.

Cunliffe, who competes at the University of Oregon, holds the collegiate lead in the 60 meter dash, after winning the East-West Challenge meet last weekend in New York, hosted by Columbia University, where she ran 7.13.

At the same meet, she ran 23.00 for 200 meters, where she was second behind Duck teammate and 2016 US Olympian Deajah Stevens, who ran a collegiate leading time of 22.65.

Cunliffe and Stevens are two of a record five women from the University of Oregon on the Bowerman Watch list.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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