Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Husky men's squad, Viking men & women and SPU women in top 25 of latest USTFCCCA poll...

NEW ORLEANS – In the first regular national indoor team computer rankings of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for NCAA Division I teams, the men of LSU moved to No. 1 despite losing to No. 3 Texas A&M in a dual meet between the schools Saturday.

On the women’s side, the top three spots remain unchanged as the University of Oregon lost little ground regardless of a light start to the season.

The Washington men dropped two spots from their #22 pre-season rankings, while the Husky women dropped out of the top 25, after being ranked #24 in the pre-season poll.

In Division II, the men of Lincoln (Mo.) are the new No. 1 team in the country thanks to a great start to the season and a change to Saint Augustine’s roster.

On the women’s side, No. 1 Grand Valley State remains in control by a wide margin thanks to a large number of distance qualifiers plus the nation’s best mile time delivered by junior Monica Kinney (4:43.64) last weekend. Ashland remains at No. 2 while Lincoln (Mo.) and Neb.-Omaha follow at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

The Western Washington men dropped one spot to #18 from their pre-season ranking of #17, while the Viking women's squad moved up one place to #12.

Seattle Pacific's women's squad is curiously ranked #21, a drop of one spot.

The USTFCCCA Division I complete rankings can be accessed here, while the Division II rankings are available here.

Western Washington and Seattle Pacific are among the squads expected to compete at Saturday's UW Invitational, hosted by the Huskies.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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