Husky Women Re-Enter Top-25

Nov. 2, 2004

SEATTLE - Washington's women's cross country squad re-entered the top-25 of the FinishLynx Women's Cross Country Rankings on Tuesday, the UW's 60 points edging Oklahoma State for the No. 25 spot in the poll. The Huskies, who placed third at Saturday's Pac-10 Championships, debuted in a tie for 16th in September's preseason rankings, before dropping out of the poll for the first time on Oct. 19.

Pac-10 and defending NCAA champion Stanford remained atop the poll with 390 points, earning all 13 of the first-place votes cast by the elective panel of regional representatives. Last year's NCAA runner-up, Providence, sat 17 points behind the Cardinal in second, with Colorado rounding out the top three with a 366-point total.

Washington's No. 25 overall ranking was third-highest among Pac-10 schools, and fourth-best among teams from the NCAA's West Region. Only the top three teams at Nov. 13's NCAA West Regional Championships will be guaranteed spots at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

Wisconsin remained atop the MONDO Men's Cross Country Rankings for the third-straight week, earning 12 of 14 first-place votes and a 417-point total. Despite winning last weekend's Pac-10 title, defending NCAA champion Stanford was nearly surpassed for the No. 2 ranking by Arkansas, whose 399 points, including the remaining two first-place votes, fell just one short of the Cardinal's 400. Washington's men, fourth-place finishers at the Pac-10 meet, fell one spot to 35th, with nine total points.

Both Husky squads will take the weekend off before traveling to Fresno, Calif., for the NCAA Regional Meet. In addition to the 18 teams who will qualify automatically for the NCAA Championships at the six regionals throughout the country, 13 additional squads will be added to the NCAA field the following Sunday, based on performances at major competitions throughout the year.

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