Pac-12 Cross Country boasts seven top-10 teams in USTFCCCA Week 3 polls
SAN FRANCISCO – Significant jumps by the OREGON and UCLA men and OREGON STATE women highlight the 10 men’s and women’s programs in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week 3 national rankings released on Tuesday.
USTFCCCA WOMEN’S POLL (Week 3)
1. Colorado (-)
5. Stanford (-)
6. Washington (-2)
13. Oregon (-4)
24. Oregon State (RV)
RV: Utah, UCLA
USTFCCCA MEN’S POLL (Week 3)
3. Washington (-)
4. Colorado (-)
6. Stanford (-)
7. Oregon (+4)
20. UCLA (+4)
Of the Pac-12’s combined 10 ranked teams, a national-best seven appear inside the top 10 highlighted by a move into the top 10 this week by the men of OREGON.
The host Ducks won the Bill Dellinger Invitational, besting the likes of No. 2 BYU and then No. 7 Portland, to climb four spots to No. 7 for their highest in-season national ranking since Week 5 of the 2016 campaign. It marks the first time the Pac-12 has had four top-10 men’s teams since Week 6 of 2016.
The UCLA men also posted a strong showing at the Dellinger, placing third behind Oregon and BYU, to also improve four spots to a season-best national ranking of No. 20.
The Oregon State women finished fifth at the Dellinger, ahead of then No. 15 Furman and behind a quartet of top-20 teams in this week’s poll, to check in with their highest-ever ranking at No. 24, which also marks just the second in-season ranking in program history.
Defending NCAA women’s champion COLORADO stayed at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive poll. The Buffaloes will put their top billing on the line this weekend at the ultra-competitive Joe Piane Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
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.
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 (29 – 16 men/13 women) and individual titles (29 – 25 men/4 women) of any league in the country.