Nine Pac-12 Cross Country Teams Ranked

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Five women's and four men's Pac-12 teams are ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason national cross country coaches' poll for the 2011 season released today. COLORADO and STANFORD had both their men's and women's teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

The Buffs are the highest-ranked women's team in the poll, coming in at No. 4. CU, who has won a pair of NCAA cross country titles, the last coming in 2004, placed sixth at the 2010 NCAA Champi-onships. The Cardinal, which captured the 2010 Conference title, is No. 7 in the polling, followed by ARIZONA at No. 8, WASHINGTON at No. 11 and OREGON at No. 16. With five teams ranked in the top 16, the 2011 Pac-12 Championship meet could be as exciting as the 2010 meet which saw the top four teams finish within six points of one another, the closest in Conference history. CALI-FORNIA also received votes in the poll.

On the men's side, defending Conference champion Stanford received one first-place vote and is No. 2 in the polling. The Cardinal was fourth at least year's national meet, the highest Conference finisher. The Ducks are fourth and Colorado is seventh. ARIZONA STATE snuck into the top 30, coming in at No. 29. The Huskies received votes in the poll, but did not crack the top 30.

Headlining the preseason cross country poll on the men's side is Oklahoma State, the two-time de-fending NCAA Champion, while Georgetown is the top-ranked team on the women's side.

The NCAA collegiate campaign gets underway this Friday, Sept. 2 with UCLA and the Huskies kick-ing off the action. The Wildcats, ARIZONA STATE, Cal, Stanford, UTAH and WASHINGTON STATE also run in meets this weekend.

For the full poll, visit www.ustfccca.org.

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