Huskies Soar to No. 20 in MONDO Men's Cross Country Rankings

Nov. 4, 2003

SEATTLE - Sparked by an outstanding third-place finish at Saturday's Pac-10 Championships in Pullman, Washington's men's cross country team jumped seven spots to 20th in Tuesday's MONDO Men's Cross Country Rankings, the team's highest ranking in more than three years.

Washington received 167 points in the rankings, which are voted on by members of the executive committee of the U.S. Cross Country Coaches Association. The Huskies were last ranked in the top-20 in October of 2000, when they climbed to No. 18 after a win at the season-opening Sundodger Invitational.

Defending national champion Stanford, which won its fourth-straight Pac-10 title last weekend, remained atop the rankings with 479 points, earning 15 of a possible 16 first-place votes. Wisconsin, which received the remaining No. 1 nod, was second at 464, and Colorado ranked third at 439.

The Huskies were the fourth-highest ranked team from the West Region, trailing only Stanford, No. 12 Oregon and No. 15 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Oregon defeated Washington by just two points at last weekend's conference meet, which saw the Huskies upset a pair of top-15 teams for their best conference finish since 1994.

Washington will have to contend with many of the same foes at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 15. The top two teams at the regional earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 24, which the Huskies are trying to reach for the first time since 1993.

The Husky women re-entered the national rankings after a week away, equaling Virginia Tech for 37th with four points. Stanford earned top billing again, receiving 10 of 13 first-place votes for a score of 387, just ahead of the 380 points of No. 2 BYU.

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