Katie Flaute and the Lady Vols will have to prove they belong amongst the Top 30
Sept. 3, 2003
The preseason FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll was released Wednesday, and Head Coach J.J. Clark's University of Tennessee squad learned that last year's NCAA South Region victory and NCAA Championships appearance wasn't enough to merit a vote from the Women's Cross Country Coaches Association pollsters.
The Lady Volunteers, who finished in a tie for 28th nationally in 2002, were absent in 2003's first set of rankings. Brigham Young, the defending national champion, collected 13 first-place votes to top the poll with 390 points, followed by perennial power Stanford at 371. Notre Dame (358), Colorado (351) and Villanova (330) rounded out the top five.
Defending Southeastern Conference champ Arkansas is the highest-ranked SEC school, chiming in at No. 15 with 212 points. Auburn and Kentucky drew votes, garnering 15 and two points, respectively.
The Lady Vols will soon have an opportunity to see where they stack up, as they play host to No. 14 North Carolina State and No. 23 Wisconsin in the Tennessee adidas Invitational on Sept. 12. Start time for the 5000-meter race is 5:45 p.m. at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville.
(Conducted by the Women's Cross Country Coaches Association)
2003 Preseason Poll
September 2, 2003
|Ranking||Team (first place votes)||Points|
|1.||Brigham Young (13)||390|
|14.||North Carolina State||216|
|25.||William & Mary||79|
|29.||Southwest Missouri State||24|
|Other Teams Also Receiving Votes: Cornell 18, Washington 17, Auburn 15, Baylor 12, Toledo 11, Minnesota 10, Dartmouth 5, Weber State 5, Yale 4, Kentucky 2, Florida State 1.|