Stanford Men Ranked No. 1 in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The STANFORD men's cross country team was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Cross Country Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday. On the women's side, WASHINGTON led five Pac-10 women's team, earning a No. 3 national ranking.

The Cardinal men placed 10th in the NCAA Championship last year and are anchored by 2009 Pac-10 Champion Chris Derrick, who enters his junior season. Oregon, who placed second in last year's NCAA Championship, was ranked third in the preseason poll. Also ranked in the men's poll is Arizona State, who takes the 19th spot. UCLA, California and Washington received votes.

On the women's side, the Huskies are at No. 3 after placing third at the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Ducks were fifth in the ranking and look to rebound from a ninth-place showing at last year's national championship. Stanford was ranked 12th, Arizona was 25th and Arizona State was 30th. Also receiving votes were the Golden Bears.

Pac-10 cross country teams take to the trails this weekend, beginning Friday, Sept. 3. The Pac-10 Men's And Women's Cross Country Championships will be held in Seattle on Saturday, October 30, 2010. The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on Monday, November 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Men - 1. Stanford; 3. Oregon; 19. Arizona State. RV: UCLA, California, Washington.
Women - 3. Washington; 5. Oregon; 12. Stanford; 25. Arizona; 30. Arizona State. RV: California.

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