Cal Women Leap To No. 10 in XC National Poll

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Among all the Pac-12 teams, the CALIFORNIA women's cross country squad makes headlines in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches' Poll, which was released today. The Golden Bears jump to No. 10 in the country after being unranked last week. In all, six women's teams are ranked in the top 20 in the nation, while four men's squads can be found among the top 30.

Cal tied for first place at the prestigious Griak Invitational, beating seven ranked teams, including then-No. 10 ARIZONA. The Bears had been previously receiving votes. COLORADO and STAN-FORD remain in the top 10 in the nation. The Buffs claimed the No. 4 spot, also garnering a first-place vote. The Cardinal are sixth in the polling. The Wildcats dropped slightly to No. 11 this week and OREGON stayed put at No. 17. WASHINGTON is No. 20.

There has not been much change to the men's poll. Stanford and Colorado maintain their rankings at No. 3 and No. 7, respectively. UO dropped slightly to No. 8, after being ranked sixth last week. ARIZONA STATE makes its first appearance in the top 30 this year, tying for No. 29. The move into the top 30 came after the Sun Devils placed fourth at the Griak Invitational last weekend. Although not ranked, UCLA is also receiving votes in the poll this week.

Both Oklahoma State men, the two-time defending NCAA cross country champion, and the Georgetown women stayed atop the polls. Each have been ranked No. 1 in the country since the preseason.

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

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