Washington Still No. 1 but Villanova, Florida, Princeton Gaining Momentum

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

November 4, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS (November 3, 2009) – The Washington Huskies remained the top-ranked team in the women’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association  Division I Cross Country Coaches’ Poll as they have been all season but have taken a bit of a hit this week in the voting. The No. 1 Huskies have been the unanimous ranked team receiving all 12 first-place votes in every poll this season, until this week.

Washington, which won its second-straight Pac-10 cross country title, fell out of favor with the voters losing two votes to second-ranked Villanova. The Wildcats won their second-straight Big East cross country title. It marked the first time Villanova won back-to-back cross country titles since the 1993-94 seasons.

Climbing up to No. 3 in the poll this week was the Florida Gators. The Gators improved two spots from No. 5 last week after winning their first SEC cross country title since 1997. The Gators placed all five runners in the top ten.

Coming in at No. 4 this week is Princeton, which scored a perfect 15 points in the Ivy League Heps en route to its fourth-straight conference cross country title.

Oregon follows Princeton at No. 5, moving up three spots in the poll this week. The Ducks finished only seven points behind top-ranked Washington but did have the individual champion, Nicole Blood, who ended an individual title drought of 17 years for the Oregon women at the Pac-10 cross country championships.

Moving up to No. 8 in the poll was Texas Tech, which climbed six spots in the rankings following its impressive victory at the Big 12 Championships.

No. 11 Penn State also improved several spots this week climbing seven spots in the poll this week. The Nittany Lions posted a history making performance at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships at the last weekend, winning the program’s first team title by narrowly defeating conference foes Illinois and Minnesota, ranked No. 13 and No. 17 respectively.

To view the complete women’s rankings visit – www.ustfccca.org/rankings/division-i-rankings.