No. 1 Huskies Cruise To Pre-National Title Defense

Courtesy: Mike Bruscas, Washington Media Relations

October 18, 2009   

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Yet another dominant performance was authored by the No. 1-ranked Washington women’s cross country team today, as they churned to a big win at the Pre-National Meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, the site of this year’s NCAA Championships. The 14th-ranked men’s team also had one of its best Pre-National finishes in years, taking fifth behind four top-10 teams.

The defending NCAA Champion women ran their winning streak to nine-straight races, and captured the Pre-National title for the second year in a row. Three Husky All-Americans placed in the top-five of the women’s white race, led by the second-place finish of sophomore Kendra Schaaf, and Washington easily handled three top-10 teams and 10 teams ranked in the top-30.

The UW posted 59 points, outpacing 9th-ranked Florida, which was second with 89 points. No. 5 Princeton was third with 126, No. 15 Syracuse took fourth with 191, No. 18 Illinois was fifth with 206, and eighth-ranked Minnesota came in sixth with 214.

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