Bruin Women Ranked No. 15 In Preseason Cross Country Poll

Sept. 5, 2002

LOS ANGELES - Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team is preseason rated No. 15 in the U. S., according to the first women's Div. I poll released today.

The Bruin women began their season last Saturday (Aug. 31) at the CS Fullerton 'Season Opener' Invitational, placing second behind Stanford, preseason rated No. 4 in the U. S. The first regular season poll will be released Sept. 16.

In 2001, UCLA's women qualified as a team to the NCAA Championships and placed 21st. From that squad, UCLA returns six of its top seven runners. The Bruins have qualified for the NCAA meet three times in the last four years.

The UCLA women are currently in training at Mammoth Lakes. UCLA's next competition is Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Big Wave Invitational in Honolulu, HI.

FinishLynx/NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL POLL
(Conducted by the Women's Cross Country Coaches Association)

2002 Preseason Poll (September 5, 2002)

Rk. Team (first place votes) Pts.
1. Brigham Young (12) 386
2. Georgetown 369
3. North Carolina State 358
4. Stanford 349
5. Colorado (1) 338
6. North Carolina 319
7. Yale 318
8. Boston College 286
9. Arkansas 281
10. Notre Dame 275
11. Duke 237
12. Michigan State 229
13. Northern Arizona 221
14. Providence 216
15. UCLA 201
16. Virginia 165
17. Minnesota 150
18. Colorado State 145
19. Arizona State 142
20. Marquette 140
21. Texas A&M 129
22. Villanova 123
23. Cornell 117
24. Georgia Tech 102
25. Arizona 77
26. Columbia 71
27. Toledo 48
28. Southwest Missouri State 43
29. James Madison 34
30. Weber State 28

Other Teams Also Receiving Votes: Penn State 24, Wisconsin 24, Washington 23, South Florida 20, Boston Univ. 19, Baylor 9, Oklahoma State 9, William & Mary 5, LaSalle 4, Texas 4, UC-Santa Barbara 4, Tennessee 2, Michigan 1.

THE FIRST REGULAR SEASON POLL WILL BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 16


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