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#1 In 2007 PreSeason Men's Cross Country Rankings
NEW ORLEANS - If the first Division I
menís poll of the season is a reliable indicator; this should be a
very interesting cross country season at the national level.
Wisconsin claimed the top spot in the
poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country
Coaches Association. The Badgers received five first-place votes to
tabulating 379 points.
Second-ranked Colorado picked up four
first-place votes. Third-ranked Iona and fourth-ranked Oregon received
one and three first-place votes, respectively.
Rounding out the top 10 are Arkansas,
Stanford, UTEP, Oklahoma State, Texas and North Carolina State.
The second 10 consists of Providence,
William & Mary, Notre Dame, Portland, Louisville, Georgetown, Alabama,
Minnesota, BYU and Northern Arizona.
Rounding out the top 30 are Michigan
State, UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Florida State, Iowa State, Michigan,
Princeton, Virginia and Florida (tied for 28th), and Washington.
The voting panel for the USTFCCCA Division
I women's poll consists of nine elected regional representatives, four
at-large members of the USTFCCCA and compiled by Don Kopriva.
Wisconsin started the 2006 season ranked
first in the nation and held its position heading into the NCAA Championships,
where the Badgers were defending their 2005 title. But top runner Chris
Solinsky finished a sub-par 73rd and the Badgers finished
second in the team race to Colorado.
While Solinsky graduated, Wisconsin still
has a strong, deep squad. Stuart Eagon finished third at last yearís
NCAA meet, and the Badgers expect to see results from their talented
group of sophomores.
Colorado returns four runners from the
seven-man team that won last yearís national title, including Brent
Vaughn (12th) and Stephen Pifer (20th). Colorado
coach Mark Wetmore expects as many as 10 or 12 underclassmen competing
for spots in his teamís top seven.
ďWe feel the same expectations and
aspirations every year, and thatís to be the best we can,Ē Wetmore
said. ďIf it adds up to a national championship, thatís wonderful.Ē
Iona, the third-place finisher at last
yearís NCAA meet, returns six of its top seven runners. Mohamed Khadroui
placed 13th at nationals as an Iona sophomore.
The fourth-ranked Ducks return five of
their top seven runners from a year ago after finishing tied for fifth
place at the NCAA meet a year ago.
The 2007 NCAA Division I Menís and
Womenís Cross Country Championships will be held Nov. 19 in Terre
Division I Menís Cross Country rankings
Sept. 11, 2007
(first-place votes in parentheses)