Pac-12 Cross Country maintains national-best 11 ranked teams in Week 2 polls
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12’s national-best 11 ranked cross country programs all held relatively steady in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week 2 rankings released on Tuesday.
The Pac-12’s combined 11 ranked teams are the most of any conference in the country, highlighted by six top-30 men’s programs, which are double the next closest league, and three of the five ranked women’s programs appearing in the top 5.
Only one of the 11 ranked teams moved from last week’s ranking as the WASHINGTON women dropped one slot to No. 17 during an idle week after climbing two spots from the Preseason to Week 1 polls.
The light week of competition – only four teams were in action – was highlighted by senior Addi Zerrener and redshirt junior Carlos Villareal posting individual victories to lead ARIZONA to team wins at the Wildcats’ Dave Murray Invitational, and WASHINGTON STATE freshman Emma Jenkins crossing first to pace WSU at the Cougar.
Poll movement could come next week as OREGON hosts its Bill Dellinger Invitational this weekend, featuring nationally ranked Portland in the field. Movement is certain to arrive in two weeks as racing heats up locally with the Stanford XC Invitational and the Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Wisconsin hosting several Pac-12 teams at the Nuttycombe Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 28, a tune-up event that will attract a strong national field ahead of the NCAA Championships returning to Madison in November.
The 2018 Pac-12 Championships will be hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 26. For the second straight year, the Championships will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks with racing starting at 11 a.m. PT.
The NCAA Mountain and West Regionals will be held Friday, Nov. 9 in Provo, Utah and Sacramento, Calif., respectively, with teams advancing to the 2018 NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The Pac-12 will be looking to add to its distinction as the winningest conference in NCAA Cross Country history this fall as current league members boast the most combined team national championships (28 – 16 men/12 women) and individual titles (28 – 25 men/3 women) of any league in the country.