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Lady Vols 29th in USTFCCCA National Cross Country Poll
Leah Soro

Leah Soro

Sept. 30, 2008

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Boosted by its performance two weekends ago at the Tennessee Invitational, the Lady Vol cross country team moved into the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Poll on Tuesday, grabbing the No. 29 position.

The Lady Vols, who have posted a 12-1 won-lost record on the strength of a victory at their home meet on Sept. 19 and the Belmont Opener on Sept. 5, earned 36 points to move from the receiving votes category at No. 31 to a spot in the top 30 poll.

Oregon held on to the No. 1 spot in the nation, tallying 359 points and 11 first-place votes, followed by Washington and Florida State, who switched spots since the first poll two weeks ago. UW has 345 points and one first-place nod, while FSU has 337 points. Rounding out the top ten are Minnesota (317), Stanford (309), Princeton (291), Arizona State (281), Michigan State (276), West Virginia (268) and Illinois (258).

Joining UT among SEC schools appearing in the poll are Arkansas at 11th and Florida at 14th. In the NCAA South Region, Florida State, Tennessee and Florida are the top three teams this week. The Lady Vols jumped over UF to take the No. 2 spot.

The Big Orange will get its new ranking tested this weekend, as the Lady Vols travel to the Brooks Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. UT will face No. 9 West Virginia, No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 16 Baylor among others in the 6,000-meter race at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus Course.

The voting panel for the USTFCCCA Division I Women's National Poll consists of the elected executive committee and regional representatives of the USTFCCCA and is conducted by Jesse Rosen. Future poll dates include: Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.

USTFCCCA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll
Rk.Team (First-place votes)Points
1.Oregon (11)359
2.Washington (1)345
3.Florida State337
4.Minnesota317
5.Stanford309
6.Princeton291
7.Arizona State281
8.Michigan State276
9.West Virginia268
10.Illinois258
11.Arkansas243
12.Wisconsin221
13.Providence203
14.Florida188
15.Michigan176
16.Baylor162
17.Colorado State152
18.New Mexico135
19.Rice117
20.North Carolina State112
21.Texas Tech110
22.Georgetown102
23.BYU100
24.Northern Arizona88
25.Boston College79
26.Duke66
27.Iowa58
28.North Carolina53
29.Tennessee36
30.Stony Brook31

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado (30), Penn State (27), UC-Riverside (14), Villanova (9), Nebraska (6), Notre Dame (6), Portland (4), SMU (4), Tulsa (4), Akron (1).

 

 

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