Husky Cross Country Teams To Play Host to Pac-10 Championships
Oct. 24, 2000
SEATTLE--The Washington men's and women's cross country teams will play host to the Pacific-10 Conference Championship meet at Lincoln Park Saturday.
The No. 6-ranked women's team will be vying for Washington's first Pac-10 women's cross country title since 1989, but competition will be tough as four of the nine competing women's teams are ranked in the nation's top 10.
Coach Greg Metcalf said the women's team is prepared to compete with the best for the title.
'These women believe they can run with anybody' Metcalf said. ' When the gun is fired off Saturday, they will not run behind anybody because they are expected to. We would love to win the Pac-10 title here in Seattle on our home course. We could finish anywhere from first to fourth. We should finish in the top three, but we could run well and someone else could have an off day. But according to the rankings and performances, Stanford is head and shoulders above the rest.'
The Husky men will aim to top last year's sixth-place finish, in a race where three of eight teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally and two, including Washington, having been ranked in recent weeks.
'Stanford is a really good team, I don't see anyone beating them, but we all put our shorts on one leg at a time, anything can happen on any given day,' Metcalf said. 'Polls don't really matter either. The Pac-10 is a crazy conference with several quality teams. There is a comfort level with the course since we are hosting the meet. This is the course we train and race on and there will be a lot of people out there supporting us. It will be a great atmosphere. Maybe we can reach down and find a little extra. Anything can happen.'
*Where They Stand
The women's team was ranked sixth in the NCAA coaches' poll released Oct. 16, behind Pac-10 competition Stanford and Arizona State. The women are currently ranked third among West Region teams. The men's team fell out of the top 25 in the last U.S. Coaches' poll. The men remain fifth in the West region.
*Where They Were
Last season, the Washington women finished third at the Pac-10 Championships behind Stanford and Arizona State. The men's team placed sixth at last year's meet in Long Beach, Calif.