Husky Women Debut 16th in Preseason XC Rankings

Sept. 13, 2004

SEATTLE - Fresh off a win at the season-opening Emerald City Invitational on Saturday, Washington's women's cross country squad debuted in a tie for 16th Monday in the preseason release of the FinishLynx Women's Cross Country Rankings, as determined by the 13-member executive panel of the U.S. Cross Country Coaches Assocation.

The preseason ranking is the highest for the UW women since entering the 1999 season ranked eighth, following a ninth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Championships. The 2004 Husky women return six of seven runners from the team's 19th-place NCAA Championships squad of a year ago, including NCAA team leader Lindsey Egerdahl.

Washington's 184 points in the preseason poll matched that of perennial NCAA contender Georgetown, which boasts the nation's longest active streak of NCAA appearances at 16 years. Defending NCAA champion Stanford was given the mantle of preseason No. 1, earning 10 first-place votes and 386 total points. Brigham Young and Providence, who finished second and third at the NCAA meet last season, were flip-flopped in the preseason poll, with the Friars earning the remaining three first-place votes and a 372-point total, one better than BYU's 371.

Four Pac-10 teams were among the top-25 announced Monday, including top-ranked Stanford, No. 8 UCLA, No. 16 Washington and 19th-ranked Arizona State. The Huskies placed fourth at the Pac-10 meet in 2003 and third at the NCAA West Regional, and enter the 2004 season riding a string of seven-consecutive NCAA Championships appearances, the seventh-longest active streak in the nation.

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