Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dawgs' efforts in Wisconsin earn them their first USTFCCCA national ranking this season...

NEW ORLEANS—The University of Washington men’s cross country team's (above/photo by Paul Merca) 14th place finish in the über-competitive Under Armour Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison was rewarded by the voters of the USTFCCCA’s Division I national cross country poll, as the Huskies made the national rankings for the first time this season, landing at number 21.

At the same time, the Washington State men’s squad, which was at one time ranked as high as #11, but got bounced all the way down to number 29 in the last released poll two weeks ago, rebounded all the way up to number 20, just ahead of the Huskies.

The nation’s top five men’s teams after the busy Wisconsin Invite and the adidas Pre-Nationals meet in Louisville over the weekend are Northern Arizona, BYU, Portland, Syracuse, and Pac-12 champs Colorado.

Other Pac-12 teams ranked in the national top-30 include #6 Stanford, #8 Oregon, and #14 UCLA.

On the women’s side, the Huskies dropped two spots to number 13. despite finishing seventh in Wisconsin last week.

The nation’s top five schools are defending national champs Oregon, followed by New Mexico, defending Pac-12 champ Colorado, San Francisco, and NC State.

Other Pac-12 teams in the national top 30 include #14 Stanford, #27 Utah, and #28 California.

The USTFCCCA will release two more polls—one after the conference championship weekend, and one after the regional championships.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA, and the Pac-12 Conference contributed to this report.

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