Skip to main content

2022 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships

Oct. 28, 2022 | Host: USC
UC Riverside Ag/Ops Course | Riverside, CA

10 nationally-ranked teams to highlight 2022 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships

Oct 18, 2022
Photo by David Hicks

SAN FRANCISCO – A combined 10 nationally-ranked teams, including four inside the top 10 and one No. 1, will headline next week’s 2022 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week 5 national rankings were released on Tuesday.

USTFCCCA MEN’S POLL (Week 5)
1. Stanford (+1, 11 first-place votes)
10. Colorado (-2)
15. Oregon (+9)
20. Washington (+6)

USTFCCCA WOMEN’S POLL (Week 5)
9. Stanford (-1)
10. Utah (+2)
11. Colorado (-4)
T12. Oregon (+9)
19. Washington (-10)
30. Oregon State

The league’s 12 women’s and nine men’s teams will converge on Riverside, Calif. next Friday, Oct. 28 for the Pac-12 Championships. Hosted by USC for the first time since 2009, this year’s title races will be contested at UC Riverside’s Agricultural Operations Course. The Championships will be televised live on Pac-12 Network with racing starting at 8:40 a.m. PT.

Among a men's field that included 12 of the nation's top 14 teams, Stanford won the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday for the first time since 2012 and second time overall to become the nation's top-ranked team for the first time since Nov. 16, 2010. Led by individual champion Ky Robinson, the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, three Stanford men placed among the top seven and all five scorers were in the top 30. Making his season debut, Robinson broke the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course record – since the course was altered in 2018 -- running 23:09.9 over 8 kilometers (4.97 miles).

It's the first time in four years the Pac-12 will have a No. 1 team heading into its Conference Championships, when the Colorado women headed to Stanford Golf Course as the nation's No. 1 in 2018.

No. 15 Oregon and No. 20 Washington were big movers in the men's poll, with the Ducks jumping a week's-best nine spots and the Huskies six. Then-No. 24 Oregon ran to a 12th-place finish at the Nuttycombe Invitational behind returning All-American Aaron Bienenfeld, who was 24th. Another returning All-American for the Huskies, Brian Fay, made his season debut and crossed in 34th to pace UW to 15th as a team. The Ducks picked up wins over six teams ahead of them in the previous USTFCCCA poll and the Huskies four. The No. 10 Colorado men were eighth at Nuttycombe.

The Pac-12 women’s race will feature a quartet of tightly-bunched teams in the rankings with No. 9 Stanford, No. 10 Utah, No. 11 Colorado and No. 12 Oregon. The Ducks have their best positioning in the polls since coming in at No. 9 on Sept. 25, 2019, while Utah is in the top 10 entering the Pac-12 Championships for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Utes were eighth in the Week 5 poll.

The Cardinal women were seventh at the Nuttycombe in Wisconsin and paced by junior Zofia Dudek, who made her season debut and placed 16th. Emily Venters was sixth to lead an eighth-place finish for Utah, the program's second-best team result at the stacked event (2016; 7th), while Colorado was eighth and paced by a top-five finish from Bailey Hertenstein. Oregon was 11th, Washington 16th and Oregon State 26th behind a pair of top-15 individual efforts from Kaylee Mitchell (4th) and Grace Fetherstonhaugh (14th).

The NCAA Mountain and West Regionals will be held Friday, Nov. 11 in Albuquerque, N.M. and Tacoma, Wash., respectively, with teams advancing to the 2022 NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, Nov. 19.

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.