MSU Women Move Up To No. 3 In Latest Coaches Poll
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - After a strong start to the 2014 campaign, the Michigan State women’s cross country team is now ranked No. 3 in the first regular-season edition of the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday by the USTFCCCA. The Spartans received one first place vote as they moved up three spots from their preseason No. 6 ranking and currently sit behind No. 2 Oregon and top-ranked Michigan. The No. 3 ranking is Michigan State’s highest since week five of the 2002 season and their highest position in the USTFCCCA archives dating back to 1995. MSU also maintained its No. 2 ranking in the Great Lakes Regional Rankings behind the Wolverines. For the complete coaches poll, click here.
Since opening their season at the Central Michigan Jeff Drenth Memorial on Aug. 29, the Spartan women have had two very strong showings at the Oregon Bill Dellinger Invitational and the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. Sophomore Rachele Schulist took home National and Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors last week after winning the Bill Dellinger meet in Oregon on Sept. 5. Leah O’Connor, the reigning national champion in the steeplechase, followed that up with her first win of the year at last week’s Spartan Invitational. The duo of Schulist and O’Connor has finished first and second in each of the last two meets, while junior Lindsay Clark has finished third overall in those two competitions. Sara Kroll and Alexis Wiersma have each finished in the top-10 of the past two events as well.
Michigan State will be off this week before returning to action next week at the University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational. The event will take place on Sept. 27 in Minneapolis.