Four men's, six women's XC teams ranked

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Four men's and six women's cross country teams were ranked in the most recent United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches poll. The Pac-12 has two men's teams ranked in the top three. The Conference also has six women's teams ranked, leading all conferences.

Four Pac-12 women's squads are ranked in the top six with Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and Washington taking spots three through six. The Ducks lead the Pac-12, ranking No. 3 in the country. The Cardinal followed, ranked at No. 4, along with the Wildcats at No. 5, the Huskies at No. 6. and Colorado at No. 21. UCLA made its debut in the poll, ranking No. 24. The Bruins were last ranked in the poll in 2004 but return to the ranks after finishing 15th at the Wisconsin Invitational.

On the men's side, Colorado jumped five spots, ranking No. 2. The Buffs had not been ranked in the top two since 2007. Stanford also skipped five spots to land at No. 3. The Cardinal defeated six nationally ranked top-10 teams at the Wisconsin Invitational. Oregon is ranked No. 8 after a seven spot leap, and UCLA is ranked No. 15.

A handful of teams will compete this weekend before heading off the Pac-12 Cross Country Championship hosted by UCLA in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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