Monday, November 13, 2017

Husky men jump eight spots to number 12 in final regular season USTFCCCA poll...

Washington's (from l to r) Andy Snyder, Mahmoud Moussa,
Colby Gilbert & Andrew Gardner in action at the
NCAA West Regionals (Paul Merca photo)
NEW ORLEANS—The USTFCCCA released its final regular season national rankings Monday after the conclusion of the NCAA cross country regional meets around the country, and both University of Washington squads are in the top 30 going into this Saturday’s national championship meet in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Husky men jumped all the way up from #20 to #12 after their close second place finish behind West regional champ Portland Pilots at Jefferson Park GC in Seattle.

The Pilots, who have two runners with Washington ties on their top seven—junior Nick Hauger from Spokane, and Logan Orndorff from Duvall, are ranked number four.

The nation’s top five teams are defending national champion Northern Arizona, BYU, Syracuse, Portland, and Colorado.

Other Pac-12 teams ranked in the men’s national top 30 include Pac-12 champ Stanford at #6, #14 Oregon, #16 UCLA, and #27 Washington State.

The Washington women’s team dropped six spots from their previous #16 ranking to number 22 after finishing sixth at the NCAA West Regionals last Friday.

The nation’s top five teams entering the championship meet in order are defending Pac-12 champ 
Colorado; New Mexico, West regional champs San Francisco, West regional runner-up Stanford, and NC State.

Other Pac-12 teams in the national top 30 include #6 Oregon, the defending national champs; and, #23 Cal, which surprised the Dawgs at regionals by finishing fifth.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.     

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