Another Milestone for UW Cross Country: Both Teams To End Season in Top-25

Nov. 18, 2003

SEATTLE - Just one day after learning that both Washington's men's and women's squads earned at-large invitations to Monday's NCAA Cross Country Championships, the Huskies received word Tuesday that both squads are listed at No. 22 in the final national cross country rankings, marking the first time since October of 2001 that Washington has put both teams in the top-25 in the same week.

Buoyed by a third-place performance at Saturday's NCAA West Regional Championships in Portland, the Husky women shot up 15 places in the FinishLynx Women's Cross Country Rankings, improving to 22nd overall with 128 points - 104 points more than its total in the previous ranking, released Nov. 4. Pac-10 and regional champ Stanford fell to No. 2 after four weeks atop the poll, with Brigham Young earning nine of 12 first-place votes and 386 points to eclipse the Cardinal, who earned the remaining three votes and 380 total points.

The Cardinal held on to the top spot in the MONDO Men's Cross Country Rankings, however, earning 15 of 16 first-place votes and 479 points, ahead of Wisconsin's one first-place vote and 464 points. The Huskies used a strong fourth-place showing at Saturday's West Regional to earn 128 points and remain among the top-25 at No. 22, down two spots from Nov. 4.

The West Region boasts eight men's teams among the top-37 in the Nov. 18 rankings, joining the Great Lakes Region as the most well-represented in the national polls.

Washington's cross country teams will both compete Monday at the NCAA Championships in Waterloo, Iowa, marking the first time since 1989 - and just the third time in school history - that both Husky teams will travel to the meet in the same season.

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