Iowa State Climbs 20 Spots to Crack Top Ten; Top Five Remain Unchanged

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

September 29, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS (September 29, 2009) – Iowa State, ranked 28th in the Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll, climbed 20 spots on the heels of a first-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational to move into the women’s top ten in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s Cross Country Top 30 Coaches’ Poll, the USTFCCCA announced Tuesday. Washington remained the top-ranked team earning all 12 first-place votes and 360 points.

Iowa State’s Lisa Koll finished as runner-up to Minnesota’s Megan Duwell in the Women’s Gold Race, finishing the 6,000-meter course with a time of 21 minutes, 12 seconds in a field of 193 runners. Koll’s second-place performance led Iowa State to the team title with 31 points, equaling the all-time meet low score previously set by Minnesota.

Top-ranked Washington was idle over the weekend as was No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State, and No. 4 West Virginia. No. 5 Villanova opened its season on Thursday, September 24th at Haverford competing in the Main Line Invitational. The meet was non-scoring but the Wildcats did occupy the top seven places and nine of the top 13.

Washington and Florida State will be in action this weekend at the Notre Dame Invitational, while Oregon will host the Bill Dellinger Invitational. West Virginia will travel to the Paul Short Run and Villanova will have runners in action at both the Dellinger Invite and Paul Short Run.

Other teams making moves this week in the women’s top 30 are Penn State at No. 22 (up four spots), No. 23 BYU (up two spots), and No. 24 Notre Dame (up five spots).

The Big East and Big Ten Conferences each had six schools represented in the women’s top 30 this week.

To view the complete 2009 USTFCCCA Division I Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Poll Top 30, click here.