Men's Cross Country Takes Over No. 1 Ranking
Oct. 6, 2009
New Orleans - The Stanford men's cross country team moved up to No. 1 in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll on Tuesday. The Cardinal had begun the season at No. 3, but after sweeping the Stanford Invitational, moved up to take the top spot.
A year ago, Stanford took the third place trophy and with much of the talent returning, the Cardinal has championship aspirations in 2009. Chris Derrick leads the squad that also has returning All-Americans Elliott Heath and Jacob Riley.
Oregon is the defending national champion and began the season at No. 1, but fell to No. 7 in today's poll after placing just third at the Oregon Dellinger Invitational last weekend.
On the women's side, Stanford climbed to No. 6 after also winning the Stanford Invitational. Washington remains No. 1 after taking home the NCAA title last season and winning the Notre Dame Invitational in their first meet of 2009.
Both the Stanford teams will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the NCAA Pre-Nationals from Terre Haute, Ind. The men won their race last year and will look to repeat that feat and hang onto their top national ranking.