Aug 27, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – The University of Minnesota women's cross country team has been voted preseason No. 19 according to the National Coaches Poll, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday.
The Gophers are the highest ranked team from the Midwest region and the fourth Big Ten Conference team, behind No. 11 Penn State, No. 13 Michigan State, and No. 17 Michigan. Minnesota was projected to win the NCAA Midwest Regional, earning the No. 1 ranking in the USTFCCCA preseason regional rankings.
The women’s preseason No. 1 has gone on to claim the team title in each of the past three years. Providence earned the top spot in this year's poll after ending the 2012 season with an NCAA runner-up finish.
The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Minnesota opens the 2013 season with its annual Intrasquad Meet this Friday before kicking off the regular season with the Oz Memorial at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 6.
|USTFCCCA NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL COACHES’ POLL|
|Rank||Institution (FPV)||Points||Region||Conference||Cross Country Coach (Yr.)||2012 Final|
|1||Providence (11)||359||Northeast||Big East||Ray Treacy (30th)||2|
|2||Florida State||343||South||ACC||Karen Harvey (7th)||4|
|3||Oregon (1)||334||West||Pac-12||Robert Johnson (2nd)||1|
|4||Duke||321||Southeast||ACC||Kevin Jermyn (10th)||7|
|5||Washington||317||West||Pac-12||Greg Metcalf (12th)||9|
|6||Georgetown||283||Mid-Atlantic||Big East||Michael Smith (2nd)||12|
|7||Arizona||278||West||Pac-12||James Li (12th)||6|
|8||Stanford||276||West||Pac-12||Chris Miltenberg (2nd)||3|
|9||Arkansas||238||South Central||SEC||Lance Harter (24th)||18|
|10||Cornell||234||Northeast||Ivy||Artie Smith (15th)||13|
|11||Penn State||223||Mid-Atlantic||Big Ten||Beth Alford-Sullivan (15th)||14|
|12||Villanova||221||Mid-Atlantic||Big East||Gina Procaccio (14th)||20|
|13||Michigan State||219||Great Lakes||Big Ten||Walt Drenth (10th)||16|
|14||Colorado||196||Mountain||Pac-12||Mark Wetmore (19th)||24|
|15||New Mexico||195||Mountain||Mountain West||Joe Franklin (7th)||10|
|16||William and Mary||188||Southeast||Colonial||Jill Miller (2nd)||21|
|17||Michigan||184||Great Lakes||Big Ten||Mike McGuire (22nd)||5|
|18||Notre Dame||143||Great Lakes||ACC||Tim Connelly (26th)||15|
|19||Minnesota||129||Midwest||Big Ten||Sarah Hopkins (1st)||22|
|20||Vanderbilt||123||South||SEC||Steve Keith (8th)||27|
|21||Oklahoma State||112||Midwest||Big 12||Dave Smith (5th)||26|
|22||NC State||109||Southeast||ACC||Laurie Henes (8th)||NR|
|23||San Francisco||95||West||West Coast||Helen Lehman-Winters (11th)||NR|
|24||Weber State||69||Mountain||Big Sky||Paul Pilkington (7th)||17|
|25||Boston College||68||Northeast||ACC||Randy Thomas (22nd)||19|
|26||Iowa State||56||Midwest||Big 12||Andrea Grove-McDonough (1st)||11|
|27||Texas||54||South Central||Big 12||Mario Sategna (1st)||25|
|28||Princeton||48||Mid-Atlantic||Ivy||Peter Farrell (36th)||NR|
|29||West Virginia||47||Mid-Atlantic||Big 12||Sean Cleary (7th)||NR|
|30||Butler||23||Great Lakes||Big East||Matt Roe (7th)||29|
Others Receiving Votes: Georgia 21, Connecticut 19, North Carolina 14, UC Davis 13, Harvard 11, Toledo 7, Florida 4, Syracuse 3, Northern Arizona 2, Texas A&M 1
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