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LADY VOL CROSS COUNTRY RISES TO 19TH IN FINISHLYNX/NCAA DIVISION I POLL
Brooke Novak

Brooke Novak

Sept. 21, 2004

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After opening the season with a victory two weekends ago at the Mel Brodt Invitational, the Lady Vol cross country team was rewarded with a spot in the nation's top 20. UT checks in at No. 19 this week in the first regular-season edition of the FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Poll.

The Lady Vols, who were 22nd in the preseason roll call, still remain behind Southeastern Conference foe Arkansas, which is 16th this week. Georgia continued to receive votes, garnering six this time after boasting 13 in the preseason rankings. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, lost the two votes it had previously received and dropped out.

The FinishLynx top 10 remained in the same order, with Stanford, Providence, Brigham Young, Notre Dame and North Carolina State holding fast to the top five positions. Colorado, Michigan, Princeton, UCLA and Villanova continue to fill the six through 10 spots.

With a 12-0 record from the season-opening triumph in Bowling Green, Ohio, Head Coach J.J. Clark's squad turns its attention toward meet number two of the 2004 campaign. The Big Orange women will be in Bethlehem, Pa., at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday to run in the 6,000-meter Paul Short Invitational. The Lady Vols were third a year ago in a field of 32 teams at the race, which takes place on Lehigh University's Goodman Campus.

FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll - Sept. 21, 2004

Rk.Team (First-place votes)Points
1. Stanford (10) 386
2. Providence (3) 376
3. Brigham Young (1) 365
4. Notre Dame 354
5. North Carolina State 332
6. Colorado 318
7. Michigan 309
8. Princeton 296
9. UCLA 287
10. Villanova 267
11. North Carolina 249
12. Wake Forest 235
13. Columbia 230
14. Missouri 227
15. Georgetown 200
16. Arkansas 194
17. Duke 188
18. Marquette 170
19t. Tennessee 135
19t. Idaho 135
21. Penn State 120
22. Arizona State 116
23. Michigan State 107
24. Texas Tech 84
25. Washington 81
26. Colorado State 62
27. Yale 59
28. Southern Methodist 38
29. Oklahoma 30
30. West Virginia 25
Additional Teams Receiving Votes: Virginia 16, Baylor 11, Purdue 10, William & Mary 8, Georgia 6, Indiana 5, Nevada 5, California 4, Dartmouth 2, Northern Arizona 2, UC Santa Barbara 1.


 

 

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