Strong preseason rankings for men's and women's cross country

PROVO, Utah – The 2012 collegiate season begins this weekend for the BYU men’s and women’s cross country teams with strong preseason rankings at the regional and national levels.

In the women’s regional poll, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) allotted BYU a third-place finish behind Weber State and Colorado. In the national poll, the women were selected to finish 28th.

In the men's regional poll, the USTFCCCA gave BYU the top seed above Mountain Region rivals New Mexico, Colorado and Northern Arizona. The men’s team finished first in last year’s regional championships above the same three teams.

In the national poll, the men are predicted to finish third behind Wisconsin and Oklahoma, an improvement on last year’s fourth-place finish.

For more updates and information on rankings throughout the season, visit http://www.ustfccca.org/rankings/division-i-rankings.

Women's Mountain Region Poll
Rank School Location Conference 2011 Finish
1 Weber State Ogden, Utah Big Sky 3
2 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12 1
3 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast 4
4 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky 7
5 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West 1
6 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Pac-12 8
7 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas Big 12 6
8 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West 5
9 New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M. WAC 10
10 Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West 12
11 Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho Big Sky 9
12 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West 13
13 UTEP El Paso, Texas USA 14
14 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky 11
15 Montana Missoula, Mont. Big Sky 16
Women's National Poll
Rank School Votes First-place votes
1 Oregon 345 4
2 Washington 343 5
3 Georgetown 337 2
4 Florida State 334 1
5 Iowa State 289 --
6 Vanderbilt 277 --
7 Providence 270 --
8 Stanford 267 --
9 Syracuse 246 --
10 Villanova 226 --
11 Arkansas 222 --
12 Michigan 218 --
13 Colorado 210 --
14 Arizona 204 --
15 Princeton 196 --
16 Boston College 193 --
17 Michigan State 178 --
18 Virginia 163 --
19 Weber State 150 --
20 San Francisco 133 --
21 West Virginia 124 --
22 Notre Dame 112 --
23 Toledo 103 --
24 Oklahoma State 82 --
25 NC State 76 --
26 Texas 72 --
27 Minnesota 37 --
28 Brigham Young 35 --
29 Wisconsin 31 --
30 Cornell 25 --

 

Men's Mountain Region Poll
Rank School Location Conference 2011 Finish
1 BYU Provo, Utah West Coast 1
2 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West 4
3 Colorado Boulder, Colo. Pac-12 2
4 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. Big Sky 3
5 Weber State Odgen, Utah Big Sky 6
6 Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah Big Sky 5
7 Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. Mountain West 8
8 Utah State Logan, Utah WAC 7
9 Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. Mountain West 10
10  Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Mountain West 9
11 UTEP El Paso, Texas USA 11
12 New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M. WAC 12
13 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. Big Sky 13
14 Utah Valley Orem, Utah Great West 14
15 Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho Big Sky 15
Men's National Poll
Rank School Votes First-place votes
1 Wisconsin 357 10
2 Oklahoma State 345 1
3 BYU 338 1
4 Oklahoma 299 --
5 Colorado 297 --
6 Texas 291 --
7 Portland 282 --
8 Iona 278 --
9 Stanford 251 --
10 Florida State 231 --
11 NC State 226 --
12 Syracuse 216 --
13 Indiana  206 --
14 Georgetown 191 --
15 Texas A&M 178 --
16 Villanova 149 --
17 Northern Arizona 141 --
18 Minnesota 133 --
19 Michigan 131 --
20 Tulsa 129 --
21 Princeton 121 --
22 Oregon 118 --
23 Arkansas 95 --
24 New Mexico 87 --
25 Notre Dame 81 --
26 Washington State 71 --
27 Columbia 62 --
28 Georgia 58 --
29 Eastern Kentucky 55 --
30 UCLA 44 --