National-best 11 Pac-12 Cross Country teams in USTFCCCA Week 2 polls
SAN FRANCISCO – Seven Pac-12 Conference cross country teams appear in the top 10 to lead a national-best total of 11 men’s and women’s programs in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week 2 national rankings released on Tuesday.
USTFCCCA WOMEN’S POLL (Week 2)
1. Colorado (-)
4. Washington (-1)
5. Stanford (+3)
9. Oregon (+1)
27. UCLA (-3)
30. Utah (-4)
RV: Oregon State
USTFCCCA MEN’S POLL (Week 2)
3. Washington (-)
4. Colorado (-)
6. Stanford (+1)
11. Oregon (-)
24. UCLA (-1)
The Pac-12’s combined 11 ranked teams are tied for the most of any conference (Big Ten – 11), with seven of the Conference’s 11 ranked programs inside the top 10, more than double the next closest leagues (Big Ten – 3, WCC – 3).
STANFORD, under the direction of first-year head coach J.J. Clark, provided the most positive movement among Pac-12 programs as the Cardinal women, runners-up to No. 3 ranked Arkansas at the John McNichols Invitational, improved three spots to No. 5, while the Cardinal men moved up one spot to No. 6 after finishing second to three-time defending NCAA champion and current No. 1 Northern Arizona at the McNichols in Terre Haute, Ind., site of this fall’s NCAA Championships.
Defending NCAA women’s champion COLORADO stayed at No. 1 for the third consecutive poll, its longest stretch since appearing atop the first five polls of the 2017 season. The OREGON women were the only other positive mover this week as the Ducks jumped one spot to No. 9.
The 2019 Pac-12 Championships, originally set to be contested at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore., will now be held at Ash Creek Preserve in nearby Monmouth, Ore., with Oregon State remaining as host institution. Extensive flooding of the Willamette River and Trysting Tree this spring prompted the shift. The Championships will be televised live on Pac-12 Network for the third consecutive year with racing starting at 11 a.m. PT.
The NCAA Mountain and West Regionals will be held Friday, Nov. 15 and hosted by Pac-12 programs Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah and Washington State in Colfax, Wash., with teams advancing to the 2019 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 23.