Husky Women's Cross Country Team Remains in National Rankings

Oct. 17, 2000

SEATTLE--After a successful weekend at the Michigan Interregional meet, the Washington women's cross country team fell two spots in the U.S. Cross Country Coaches' Poll.

Despite winning the women's team competition over No. 13 Michigan among others and boasting the individual winner at the Michigan meet, the Huskies fell to No. 6 in the Coaches' Poll released Oct. 16. The Huskies were ranked No. 4 in the Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 polls after topping then No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 3 Kansas State at the Stanford Invitational Sept. 30. The highest the Washington women had been ranked prior to the No. 4 ranking was No. 6 back in 1995.

The Husky men's team dropped out of the top 25 despite defeating No. 24 Michigan at the Wolverines home meet in Ann Arbor, Sunday. The previously 20th ranked Washington team finished third at the Michigan meet behind Texas and St. Francis College Sunday.

Both the men's and women's teams will take the weekend off before playing host to the Pac-10 Conference Championship meet Oct. 28 at Lincoln Park.

Coach Greg Metcalf says the rankings are not important to the teams until closer to the Regional and NCAA meets, and right now the team is focusing on preparing for the upcoming conference meet.

'All the rankings show is that we are in an incredibly tough conference and region,' Metcalf said. 'Four Pac-10 and West Regional teams are ranked in the top 10 on the women's side. It is good to be ranked but when it all comes out in the wash, the only rankings that count is where you end up ranked Nov. 20 in Ames, Iowa (after the national meet). Right now, we are just gearing up for the most important meet on our schedule so far, the Pac-10 Championships, Oct. 28 here in Seattle.'

Women's Rankings

1. Brigham Young

2. Stanford

3. Wisconsin

4. Arizona State

5. Colorado

6. Washington

7. Boston College

8. Arizona

9. Kansas State

10. Georgetown

11. Arkansas

12. Michigan

13. N.C. State

14. Colorado State

15. Yale

16. Minnesota

17. Providence

18. Weber State

19. Villanova

20. Marquette

21. Texas A&M

22. Brown

23. Wake Forest

24. West Virginia

25. Virginia

Men's Rankings

1. Colorado

2. Arkansas

3. Stanford

4. Providence

5. Northern Arizona

6. Wisconsin

7. BYU

8. Georgetown

9. Iona College

10. Arizona

11. Oklahoma State

12. Duke

13. Oregon

14. N.C. State

15. Weber State

16. Michigan State

17. Notre Dame

18. Penn State

19. Eastern Michigan

20. William & Mary

21. Villanova

22. Colorado State

23. Nebraska

t24. Indiana

t24. Princeton

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