Oct. 20, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University men's cross country team is tied with Duke for 26th in the October 20, 2009, U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Rankings, the first time a Cougar team has been ranked in the national poll in six years.
"We're pleased to be nationally ranked," WSU cross country coach Pete Julian said. "This indicates that our program is heading in the right direction. It is important for us to get a ranking and it's always nice to know we are getting recognized. I'm really happy for the athletes but there is still a lot of hard work to do before we make it to the NCAA Championships."
The Cougar men's seventh place finish at the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals Invitational over the weekend propelled them into the top 30 this week. The WSU men were one of two unranked teams to finish ahead of four top 30-ranked teams at the highly touted event.
The last time the WSU men's cross country team earned national recognition was during the 2003 season when the team was ranked 27th in the national poll.
The Pacific-10 currently has five teams represented in the national rankings with No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Oregon, No. 13 Washington, and No. 16 Arizona State.