Washington women take over No. 1

By Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- For the second time in as many polls, a Pac-12 team sits atop the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Coaches poll, which was released earlier this week. The WASHINGTON women are No. 1 in the country, leading five teams in the poll. On the men's side, four teams are ranked in the top-30, led by No. 5 COLORADO.

The Huskies overtook OREGON from the No. 1 spot, a place the Ducks held in the preseason poll two weeks ago. The UW women won the national title in 2008, finished as the nation's runner up a year ago, and were last voted as the top team in the country on November 17, 2009. The Ducks actually received more first-place votes, garnering five, one more than Washington received. But UW had more points, collecting 347, while UO had 345.

Also ranked in the women's poll is No. 8 STANFORD, which moves a spot up in the polling. With the Cardinal, the Pac-12 has three teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation. ARIZONA also made a move up, going from 14th to No. 12 in the nation this week. COLORADO is ranked 16th.

The top six spots in the men's poll did not change. The Buffs are followed by No. 22 OREGON, No. 26 WASHINGTON STATE and No. 29 UCLA. WSU also remained in the same spot as in the preseason poll, while the Bruins inched up one position. CALIFORNIA is receiving votes in the poll.

The 2012 cross country season began last weekend. A limited number of teams will be back competing this weekend, with Arizona hosting the Dave Murray Invitational, which ARIZONA STATE will also be running in. UTAH, USC women, the Huskies and WSU will also be in action this weekend.

For more on the national coaches poll, visit www.ustfccca.org.

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