Sept. 17, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its first regular season Division I Regional Cross Country Rankings and National Coaches Poll this week. Minnesota remained No. 1 in the Midwest Region but slipped to No. 20 in the national poll.
The top three teams in the Midwest Region held steady from the USTFCCCA preseason rankings, as the Gophers are followed by Oklahoma State and defending regional champion Iowa State. Fourth-ranked Northwestern climbed one place ahead of Tulsa in the most recent poll to round out the top five.
Nationally, No. 1 Providence, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Duke remained atop the coaches poll. After receiving the No. 19 ranking in the preseason poll, the Gophers flipped places with Vanderbilt and fell one spot to No. 20. Minimal movement occurred overall as the main section of the cross country season is still a couple weekends away. No. 27 BYU was the lone team to break into the top 30 after opening the season unranked.
The USTFCCCA releases regional rankings on Mondays during the regular season with coaches polls to follow on Tuesdays.
Minnesota is off this weekend in preparation for the 28th annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28. The meet begins with the Suzy Wilson Women's Maroon III (Division III) Competition at 9 a.m. at Les Bolstad Course. The Gopher women race at 1:10 p.m. in the Jack Johnson Women's Gold (Division I) Competition.
USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Regional Team Rankings
Midwest Region: 2013 Week #1 — September 16
2. Oklahoma State
3. Iowa State
6. North Dakota State
8. Illinois State
9. Saint Louis
10. Kansas State
12. South Dakota
15. Southern Illinois
USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll
2013 Week #1 — September 17
2. Florida State
11. Penn State
13. Michigan State
14. William and Mary
16. New Mexico
18. Notre Dame
21. NC State
22. Oklahoma State
23. San Francisco
24. Boston College
26. Iowa State
28. West Virginia
Others Receiving Votes: Weber State 24, Connecticut 20, Syracuse 13, Florida 10, UC Davis 7, Georgia 5, North Carolina 4, Toledo 3.
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