Women's Cross Country Climbs From No. 11 to No. 4 in National Poll

Oct. 1, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Awarded for its first place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday, the Arizona State women's cross country team made a quick ascent in the national rankings, climbing from 11th into a tie for fourth, according to the FinishLynx/NCAA Div. I Women's Cross Country National Poll released today.

The Sun Devils are tied with BYU with 270 points, sitting behind No. 1 Colorado (324 points), No. 2 Stanford (311) and No. 3 North Carolina State (293). Colorado received 12 first-place votes, with Stanford receiving one.

Despite a sixth-place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships, ASU was ranked 10th in the preseason poll before falling to 11th in last week's rankings.

The Sun Devils won their second Roy Griak title in three years Saturday, led by senior All-Americans Lisa Aguilera and Kelly MacDonald, who finished two-three, respectively.

ASU's men were ranked 22nd according to last week's MONDO Men's Cross Country Poll. This week's men's rankings will not be released until Tuesday. The Sun Devil men placed eighth at the Roy Griak Invitational.

Up next, the Sun Devils will host the first of two home meets, the ASU Invitational, Friday, Oct. 5, at Freestone Park in Gilbert, Ariz. The women's 5,000m begins at 4:45 p.m., followed by the men's 8,000m at 5:15 p.m.

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