Men's Harriers Ranked 13th in Preseason National Poll

Sept. 12, 2001

EUGENE - With two weeks to go before their first meet of the year, the University of Oregon men's cross country team is ranked 13th in the Mondo Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll.

The Ducks are one of four Pacific-10 Conference schools in the poll, including Stanford (second), Arizona (ninth), Arizona State (21st), with another NCAA Western Regional rival, Portland, ranked 17th. Colorado, last year's runner-up, leads the poll with 397 points, ahead of Stanford (second, 379), Arkansas (third, 342) and Providence (fourth, 334).

The Ducks feature one of the top young squads on the West Coast, led by junior Jason Hartmann (Rockford, Mich.), a two-time All-American (37th in '99 and 35th in '00), and the returning Pacific-10 Conference and Western Regional Championships runner-up. Other potential varsity members include freshmen Seth Pilkington (Roy, Utah), Ryan Andrus (Orem, Utah) and Eric Logsdon (Canby, Ore.), sophomores Noel Paulson (Aumsville, Ore.), John Lucas (Eagle Point, Ore.) and Brett Holts (Bend, Ore.), and senior Adam Bergquist (Boulder, Colo).

Last season the Ducks finished second in the Pacific-10 Championships as a team, and fourth at the Western Regional Championships. Hartmann and former Duck harrier Michael Kasahun represented the squad at the NCAA Championships with 35th and 65th-place finishes.

In the FinishLynx Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll, the Ducks were unranked as three Pac-10 teams were ranked among the top 10 - Stanford (third), Arizona (eighth) and Arizona State (10th) - with another in the top 25 (Washington, 19th). Returning champion Colorado led the poll with 298 points, ahead of Boston College (second, 278), Stanford (third, 273) and BYU (fourth, 269).

The Oregon women's squad is equally young after graduating its top three from last season's 28th-place NCAA finishers. Junior Carrie Zografos (Portland, Ore.), and sophomores Tara Struyk (Edmonton, Alberta) and Laura Harmon (Vancouver, Wash.) appear the likely team leaders, with juniors and returning letterwinners Eri Macdonald (Honolulu, Hawai'i) and Erinn Gulbrandsen (Chico, Calif.) other likely top-five possibilities. Several newcomers, including sophomore transfer Magdalena Sandoval (Los Alamos, N.M.) and freshman Sara Schaaf (Klamath Falls, Ore.), could make immediate varsity contributions.

The Duck men were originally scheduled to open their season this Friday in a triangular against Portland and Portland State, Sept. 14, in Portland but the meet was postponed indefinitely due to the tragedies on the East Coast. The women's scheduled home opener on Sept. 15, the New Balance Festival of Champions at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore, was also postponed to an unspecified later date.

Men's rankings are determined by a voting panel of the executive committee of the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. Women's voting is conducted by the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association.

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Preseason Division 1 Collegiate Cross Country Polls (9/12/01)

2001 Mondo Men's Division I Coaches Poll

1. Colorado (13) 3972. Stanford (3) 3793. Arkansas 3424. Providence 3345. Notre Dame 3276. Wisconsin 3157. Villanova 2898. Northern Arizona 2539. Arizona 2379. Georgetown 23711. North Carolina St. 21612. William & Mary 20013. Oregon 19414. Iona College 14815. BYU 14516. Indiana 13817. Portland 12818. Weber State 11519. Michigan 10720. Minnesota 10021. Arizona State 9422. Alabama 9223. Wake Forest 6824. Air Force 5925. Oklahoma State 56

Also receiving votes: Eastern Michigan 52, Dartmouth 36, Ohio State 26Michigan State 24, Penn State 20, Texas 16, Colorado State 8, Duke 6, Northern Iowa 6, Washington 6, Florida 5, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 3, Missouri 3, Nebraska 3, Iowa 2, Princeton 2, St. Francis (PA) 2, Cal-Irvine 1 �2001 Women's Division I Coaches Poll

2001 FinishLynx Women's Division I Coaches Poll

1. Colorado (9) 2982. Boston College (3) 2783. Stanford 2734. BYU 2695. Wisconsin 2516. North Carolina 2307. Yale 2188. Arizona 2139. North Carolina State 19210. Arizona State 18911. Georgetown 18512. Arkansas 18213. Providence 15414. Missouri 13315. Marquette 11116. Colorado State 10417. Texas A&M 10018. Minnesota 8119. Washington 7720. Weber State 6921. Wake Forest 6222. Villanova 5023. Columbia 4524. Michigan 4425. Duke 26

Also receiving votes: Kansas St. 23, Michigan St. 9, South Florida 7,Boston Univ. 6, Georgia Tech 6, West Virginia 5, Northern Ariz. 5,Bucknell 3, TCU 2.
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