Colorado Leads Pac-12 In Rankings
WALNUTE CREEK, Calif.— With the sweep of the Pac-12 Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships over the weekend, both COLORADO squads are the highest-ranked Conference teams, the men ranking fourth and the women ranking third in the country in the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Association's Coaches poll which was released this week. Four Pac-12 men's teams were ranked in the top 30 and six women's teams were ranked.
After winning the inaugural Pac-12 Championship, the men's team jumped two spots this week to No. 4, collecting 318 points. STANFORD dropped a couple of spots to No. 6 after placing second at the Pac-12 race. With OREGON's third-place showing at the championships, the Ducks climbed five spots to No. 17 and UCLA is 21 in the nation. The Bruins placed fourth at the Pac-12 Championships. WASHINGTON STATE, ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA are all receiv-ing votes.
The four ranked men's teams ties for third-best of any conference. The Big East and Big Ten have five teams each in the top 30, the most of any league.
On the women's side, the Pac-12's six ranked teams ties for the most of any conference. The Buffs climbed 13 spots in the polling, from No. 16 to No. 3 after capturing the first-ever Pac-12 crown. Colorado also received one first-place vote. Also ranked in the top 10 in the country are No. 6 WASHINGTON and No. 8 STANFORD. OREGON is 11th in the poll, tying a season high. ARIZONA dropped 11 spots to No. 16 and CALIFORNIA dropped to No. 26 in the country af-ter being ranked 10th in the previous poll. The Golden Bears were seventh at the Pac-12 meet, but were running with-out All-American Deborah Maier.
All teams are looking forward to the NCAA Regionals on Saturday, November 12. Colorado and UTAH will compete at the Mountain Regional meet in Provo, Utah, while the other 10 Pac-12 teams compete at the West Regional hosted by Stanford.
The NCAA Championships meet is scheduled for Monday, November 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.