Oct. 4, 2011
PULLMAN -- The Washington State men's cross country team is ranked 20th in the latest United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll released Tuesday. This is the highest national ranking for WSU men since 1997 when the Bernard Lagat-led team was ranked 10th.
Washington State finished an impressive fifth at the adidas Notre Dame Invitational Sept. 30, finishing ahead of four nationally-ranked teams in the field and behind four teams ranked in the top 15 nationally.
The Cougar men's cross country team also climbed three spots in the West Regional rankings, moving from eighth to fifth in the fourth week of regional rankings released by the USTFCCCA Oct. 3. This is the highest regional ranking for the Cougar men since 2006 when the WSU was ranked fifth in the region and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships where the team finished 29th.
The last time the Cougar men's team was nationally-ranked with Oct. 20, 2009, when the WSU men were tied at 26th (with Duke). The Cougar men's team also was nationally-ranked in 2003, earning the 27th spot.
The Cougar men and women will race again October 14 in Spokane in the Inland Northwest Challenge. The next USTFCCCA regional rankings release will be October 17 and can be found at www.ustfccca.org.