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REGIONAL CHAMPION LADY VOL HARRIERS CLIMB TO 14TH IN NATIONAL POLL
Megan Cauble

Megan Cauble

Nov. 15, 2004

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After securing the program's third-straight NCAA Championship bid with a third-consecutive NCAA South Regional title over the weekend, the University of Tennessee women were rewarded with a one-spot boost from 15th to 14th in Monday's FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll.

The Lady Vols collected 217 points to enter the national meet ranked among the nation's top 15 teams for the first time since 1990. They will be joined at the NCAA gathering in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22 by Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas and Georgia, who report in at 19th and 20th this week. UT held off UA by two points to win the SEC title on Oct. 30 and edged UGA by two on Saturday to seize a regional triumph.

Stanford, last season's national champion, will enter the NCAA meet as the prohibitive favorite after once again holding the poll's top spot with 13 first-place votes and 390 points. The rest of the top five remained the same, with Providence, Colorado, Michigan and Duke falling in line behind the Cardinal. Notre Dame, Arizona State, North Carolina State, Missouri and North Carolina round out the top 10.

Tennessee, now a school-best 111-5 and with a UT-record five meet victories under its belt in 2004, will try to improve upon national finishes of 28th in 2002 and 24th in 2003 during Clark's first two seasons at the Big Orange helm.

Rk.Team (First-place votes)Points
1.Stanford (13)390
2.Providence371
3.Colorado364
4.Michigan352
5.Duke336
6.Notre Dame318
7.Arizona State315
8.North Carolina State294
9.Missouri270
10.North Carolina253
11.Brigham Young250
12.Southern Methodist237
13.Michigan State233
14.Tennessee217
15.West Virginia211
16.Columbia185
17.UC Santa Barbara178
18.Villanova172
19.Arkansas168
20.Georgia150
21.Illinois145
22.Princeton105
23.Wake Forest99
24.Indiana84
25.Idaho75
26.Colorado State63.5
27.Oklahoma State48
28.Baylor44
29.Georgetown29
30.Washington21
 

 

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