Colorado leads Pac-12 in cross country rankings
SAN FRANCISCO - COLORADO continues to lead the Pac-12 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) polling, with the CU men grabbing on to the No. 1 spot, while the women move up one to No. 3. In all, a combined 13 men’s and women’s Conference teams are among the top 30 in the national cross country polls.
Seven teams are ranked on the men’s side, with the Buffs and STANFORD claiming the No. 1 and 2 spots for the second-straight polling. Colorado has not relinquished the top spot in the polling for the 12th-consecutive polling, nor a single first place vote, for the 12th-consecutive poll, dating back to the final ranking in 2013 when it won the NCAA crown. OREGON is at No. 7 this week, slipping just one spot. Additionally, UCLA is No. 13, WASHINGTON is No. 21, ARIZONA STATE is No. 23 and CALIFORNIA is No. 29.
One additional women’s team entered the coaches’ top 30 this week, as Cal claims the No. 30 spot after receiving votes in the preseason poll. With Colorado’s No. 3 ranking, three women’s teams are in the top 10 as Stanford moves into No. 6 and Oregon is at No. 7. Washington is up a spot to No. 14. ASU continues to receive votes.
A few Pac-12 teams are in action this week, including the Huskies who will host the UW Sundodger Invitational on Saturday and ARIZONA hosts the Dave Murray Invitational on Friday.
At the conclusion of the regular season, league teams will come together to compete for the Conference crowns on Friday, October 30 at the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships hosted by WASHINGTON STATE in Colfax, Wash. The season will conclude at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 21 in Louisville, Ky.
The next release of the USTFCCCA Cross Country Coaches Poll is Tuesday, Sept. 22. For more information, visit www.ustfccca.org.