Men's Cross Country Tabbed No. 5 in National Poll

Oct. 15, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - This week's version of the national coaches Mondo Men's Cross Country Poll has picked the University of Oregon fifth for the third straight week.

The Ducks were also tabbed fifth in the weekly editions released on October 1st and 8th after winning the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 28. In prior weeks, they opened the year tied for ninth in the preseason poll, dropped to 10th in the first regular season poll (9/17), then climbed to ninth the following week (9/24).

The Ducks' win in the University of Minnesota-hosted meet was their first on the Les Bolstad Golf Course, as the men featured an impressive 14-second gap from their first through fifth runners. Sophomore Ryan Andrus (eighth, 24:42) led the way, followed by junior Brett Holts (16th, 24:48), All-America senior Jason Hartmann (19th, 24:50), redshirt junior John Lucas (21st, 24:50), and redshirt sophomore Eric Logsdon (32nd, 24:56). Other Duck finishers included junior Noel Paulson (88th, 25:30.4) and redshirt frosh Will Viviani (128th, 25:55). The Duck men finished with a 96-point tally, edging out No. 6 Eastern Michigan (105), and No. 9 Weber State (third, 166) in a field featuring 12, then-top 40 ranked teams.

This year's Men of Oregon squad returns six of last year's top seven from last year's 13th-place NCAA and third-place Pac-10 and West Regional finishers. Jason Hartmann was the conference and regional runner-up as a sophomore in 2000, and sixth and third in 2001, respectively. John Lucas and Brett Holts posted top-25 Pac-10 finishes both in 2001 (17th/21st), and 2000 (18th/19th). Noel Paulson was also a top-25 Pac-10 harrier finisher in 2000 (25th), and in 2001 his Pac-10 open race time in Arizona was the sixth-fastest of the eight Ducks on the course that day. Eric Logsdon scored in three of his final four races of 2001, including his Regional (41st) and NCAA (156th) debuts. Ryan Andrus figured as the team's third finisher in three meets in 2001, including top-25 Pac-10 and Western Regional finishes (23rd/27th).

Looking at this week's action nationally, most of the nation's top teams will preview the NCAA Championships course in the Pre-NCAA Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 19 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. The Duck women will match up against a field that features 32 of the top 38 teams that are ranked or are receiving votes this week, and the men's field features 28 of the top 42 squads. Each of the men's and women's races will be evenly split into two sections to better accommodate the huge fields on the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.

Meet results will be available at the web site.

taken from web site

Mondo Men's National Cross Country Poll (10/15)

Rk Team (1st-Pl) Reg Pts Prev1 Stanford (10) W 445 12 Arkansas (5) SC 435 23 Colorado M 415 34 N. Arizona M 413 45 Oregon W 384 56 E. Michigan GL 361 67 Georgetown MA 352 78 Wisconsin GL 335 109 Weber State M 324 910 BYU M 307 1111 Villanova MA 306 812 Colorado State M 284 1213 Minnesota MW 259 1314 N.C. State SE 255 1515 Providence NE 250 1416 Iona NE 207 1617 Indiana GL 204 1718 William & Mary SE 171 2019 C. Michigan GL 160 1820 Butler GL 130 2221 Michigan GL 129 1922 Arizona State W 127 2323 Duke SE 97 2524 Notre Dame GL 96 2425 Oklahoma State MW 82 2626 Montana State M 74 2727 Dartmouth NE 48 2128 New Mexico M 43 2829 Cal Poly SLO W 39 --30 Texas SC 35 29-tie

Also receiving votes: Alabama 24, Utah State 24, Princeton 13, Washington 12, Michigan State 6, Iowa 4, Nebraska 3, Ohio State 3, Portland 3, SMU 3, Brown 1, Miami of Ohio 1.

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